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Plastic Free Community Coordinator - Tasmania

Boomerang Alliance

ABOUT BOOMERANG ALLIANCE

The Boomerang Alliance (www.boomerangalliance.org.au) was formed in 2003 with the aim of a zero-waste society. We are a national community-based organisation advocating for waste reduction and resource recovery. Our campaign work has covered issues such as beverage and plastic bag litter, toxic tyres, electronic waste, plastic packaging, recycling and circular economics. Our network includes 51 national and state environment groups and many community organisations.

A key current focus is on litter, particularly plastic pollution. Previously our aim has been the introduction of container deposit schemes for beverage containers in each state, and the phase-out of single-use plastic bags. With the implementation of these now in most Australian states and territories, Boomerang Alliance has been addressing other single-use, fossil-fuel-based plastics commonly found in the waste and litter stream, including being actively involved in single-use plastic bans in several states.

PLASTIC-FREE PLACES

Boomerang Alliance’s Plastic Free Places (PFP) program was established in 2018 as a community-focused program to promote the switch from single-use, ‘disposable’ plastic takeaway products to better practices and alternatives. By taking a whole-of-community approach, working with businesses and suppliers, and with the support of state and local government - we work to reduce single-use plastics, demonstrating how this can be effectively achieved and receive acceptability.

Boomerang Alliance is currently operating a PFP program in Tasmania (Plastic Free Places Tasmania) until early 2023. Utilising extensive experience gained through nine PFP projects in operation across five states, the program directly engages with food retailers to facilitate the transition away from key single-use plastic food service items. To learn more about how our programs operate, visit http://www.plasticfreeplaces.org/.

ABOUT THE ROLE

The Coordinator will be employed for 22.5 hours per week on a 26-week contract (inclusive of holidays) to deliver on the goals of the program, with the possibility of a contract extension if further funding is secured. The position is home-based and flexible with days, but the majority must be conducted Mon-Fri to fit in with suitable hours for on-ground business engagement.

The role will be centred in and around Hobart, so the Coordinator will need to live within reasonable driving distance of Hobart to fulfil the requirements of the role. The role will periodically require overnight travel to locations outside of Hobart, arranged at times that suit the Coordinator. All expenses will be covered for travel.

The applicant will need a vehicle, computer and phone to perform the requirements of the role (allowances for phone + fuel are provided).

The position will commence by September 5th, 2022.

With support from the BA National team, the Coordinator will focus on the implementation of the project, with specific tasks including but not limited to:

  • On-ground engagement with food retailers, packaging suppliers, and any other identified sectors.
  • Media and public spokesperson representation of the project where required.
  • Production of regular social media content.
  • Liaison with the PFP Program Manager, local councils and other stakeholders to ensure project objectives are being met.
  • Content management of member database.
  • Data collection and reporting.

The coordinator will report to the PFP Program Manager, who will be responsible for overseeing the program.

SELECTION CRITERIA

ESSENTIAL

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Proficiency with social media.
  • Confidence working with a range of business and government stakeholders.
  • An interest in waste and plastic pollution issues.
  • Familiarity with the local area and culture.

DESIRABLE

  • A bachelor’s degree qualification, preferably related to an environment or communications field.
  • Experience within the food retail/hospitality sector (management experience would be well regarded).
  • Knowledge of the issues surrounding waste, recycling and plastic pollution.

To submit your application click Apply Now.

Online (Zoom) interviews for the position will commence as applications are shortlisted, and the job add will be removed when a suitable applicant is found.

If you have any questions, please direct them to kellie.lindsay@boomerangalliance.org.au using the subject line: Plastic Free Community Coordinator enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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