Administration and Membership Manager for PA

Permaculture Australia (PA) is a volunteer run and managed organisation seeking a motivated person to join the core team as Administration and Membership Manager.
This position is part paid and part voluntary to:

  • provide administrative support to the PA Working Groups and Board of Directors
  • manage membership records, applications, member enquiries and communications
  • work with Membership Team promoting membership and developing and improving member services
  • work with the Communications Team regarding website function and maintenance
  • work with PA accountant and web coordinator regarding database management
  • support the growth of Permaculture Australia.

Up to 10 hours paid per month at $30 per hour (under contract, ABN essential). Plus, if agreeable to the successful applicant, voluntary work and meetings variable from 2 hours to a maximum of 10 hours per month.
Work from home office. Meetings by Skype or teleconference.  Requires good internet and phone access.

Time Commitment:

Weekly 3-5 hours  (12-20 hours per month).

Skills & Experience include:

  • administrative & organisational skills
  • oral and written communications
  • IT proficiency (spreadsheets, databases, WordPress, MailChimp)
  • social media savvy.

Job application submissions

Applications in writing to be emailed to by 5pm on Tuesday June 13th. Please address the criteria in the Job Description and include the telephone numbers of two referees.
The directors of PA plan to interview all applicants who address the criteria by Skype at a mutually agreeable time.

Internship applications now open

Story by Morag Gamble, February 2015
We welcome applications to become an intern at the new 2 acre ETHOS FARM in the heart of Crystal Waters Permaculture Village, QLD Australia.

The 3 month internship program commenced on 13 July 2015 and includes a permaculture design course with Morag Gamble and Evan Raymond, biodynamic farming methods, natural building experience, great site visits, wonderful food, ecovillage immersion experience and much much more…
The internship is run by the Ethos Foundation ( – a not-for-profit organisation registered as a charity.

Please circulate this invitation far and wide.

Find out more…

Contact Morag Gamble for more information
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ethos farm internship

Northey St City Farm seeks Education Coordinator

Northey-Street-City-FarmWe are looking for a part-time Education Coordinator (20 hours) to join our team. Someone who is a passionate educator with excellent communication and people management skills.
You’ll have a thorough understanding of Permaculture principles and practices, and the ability to develop these into engaging and profitable Education and Workshop Programs.

 Roles & Responsibilities:

  1. Provide overall coordination of the Education Program at NSCF to ensure the program meets NSCF’s values and goals. The program includes the “Sustainable Living Workshop Program”, the “Permaculture Design Course Program” and the “Farm Tours & School Activities Program” and external educational activities.
  2. Assist with preparation and monitoring of the Education Program budget and recommend new education programs and projects (including grant opportunities) to the Education & Support Team Manager.
  3. Process workshop and course payments and ensure course and student records are maintained.
  4. Work with the Education & Support Team Manager to manage staffing for the Education Program, including recruitment, induction, conflict resolution, timetabling and training.
  5. Arrange and facilitate Education Program meetings with Permaculture teachers, workshop facilitators and farm tutors as required, and support them to deliver enjoyable, interesting and informative Permaculture education experiences.
  6. Support Education Program participants as appropriate.
  7. Teach Permaculture Design Course sessions, and lead visiting school group activities as required (note – remuneration will be in addition to the Education Coordinator salary).
  8. Work with the Education & Support Team Manager to develop and distribute promotional material about the Education Program at various events, both on and off site, for example at the NSCF Sunday Organic Market, festivals, events, and schools.
    Work with the Administration Co-ordinator to maintain the education pages on the NSCF website and promote the program on social media.
  9. Liaise externally with:
    • Educational institutions (including schools and universities); community groups; local councils, State Government departments and interested organisations to promote and develop the NSCF Education Program;
    • Registered Training Organisations in relation to fulfilling the training and assessment requirements of Accredited Training Packages and other VET matters;
    • Relevant industry associations to keep up-to-date with national Permaculture issues.
  10. Attend fortnightly Education and Support Team meetings as required and report to Education & Support Team Manager fortnightly.
  11. Liaise with the Farming Manager about the maintenance and planting plan of the School Garden and other specialist gardens as necessary for   particular courses and workshops.
  12. Supervise the volunteer librarian to operate the NSCF Education Library.

Selection Criteria:


  • Qualifications: Permaculture Design Certificate; and Cert IV in Training & Assessment (TAA) or Cert IV in Training & Assessment (TAE), teaching qualifications, or equivalent (or a willingness to acquire Cert IV TAE)
  • Teaching and facilitation experience, including curriculum development
  • Permaculture design, implementation and gardening experience
  • Program / Project Management experience, including formulating & monitoring budgets
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and people management skills including conflict resolution
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • A demonstrated ability to work to multiple deadlines simultaneously
  • A current Queensland “Blue Card” (Working with Children Check) or a willingness to obtain one.


  • Experience in supervising staff or volunteers
  • Experience working in community organisations
  • Website maintenance and social media skills.


  • Applications must address each of the selection criteria (approx 100words each)
  • Please also include a CV with at least two referees
  • Applications are due close of business Monday 5 January 2015
  • Proposed start date is mid – January 2015
  • Please submit application electronically to:
  • Hard copies may be sent to: Northey Street City Farm, 16 Victoria St, Windsor, 4030

For further info

Contact Ronni Martin:

Applications are due close of business Monday 5 January 2015

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City Farm Project Manager — City of Sydney

city-farmCity Farm Project Manager

  • $109,484 p.a. plus superannuation
  • Performance based contract up to 3 years
  • Option to enter into a 19 day month working arrangement

Are you passionate about sustainability and urban agriculture? Are you good with people and communication? Then we have the position for you!
Council recently endorsed the City Farm Business Plan and an exciting opportunity has arisen to join the City’s Parks Services team to help coordinate the next steps in the delivery of the City Farm.
We are looking for an energetic, dedicated and natural collaborator to deliver the infrastructure and programs outlined in our City Farm vision.
The City Farm will provide a number of social, cultural and community benefits and has been supported by leading educational institutions. The City Farm Project Manager will oversee the development and commencement of operations and deliver a vibrant and creative meeting place for recreational and cultural activities, events and educational programs. City Farms and urban agriculture are receiving increasing attention worldwide and the City Farm will assist in addressing food security issues by producing affordable and accessible local fresh produce, supporting disadvantaged households, and educating people about sustainable food production and preparation.
The primary responsibilities of the role are to guide and direct the development and implementation of the City Farm project by engaging the community, managing stakeholders, delivery of the farm master plan and construction stages, implement farm operations and governance in line with the approved business plan. You will help the City Greening and Leisure unit to achieve the City’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 objectives and champion community involvement progress of the City Farm.
You will have experience in project management, engagement, volunteer and stakeholder management, business and commercial operations, reporting, collaborative processes, and project planning. You will have an understanding of project implementation, education programs and an ability to work autonomously and coordinate communication and marketing requirements for the City Farm.
Applications must address the selection criteria stated within the position description and be made online via our website by Sunday 11 January 2015.
At the City we provide equal employment opportunity. We are committed to ensuring an accessible and inclusive work environment and encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
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Northey St City Farm seeks Farming Team Manager

Northey-Street-City-FarmAre you a skilled and experienced organic farmer with people skills to match? We’re looking for a passionate Permaculturalist to manage (24hrs/week) our diverse gardens and the staff & volunteers who tend them.

About Us

Established in 1994, Northey Street City Farm (NSCF) is a non-profit community organisation for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn the principles of Permaculture through hands-on experience. Join an enthusiastic, passionate group of people to work on one of Australia’s largest city farms; a certified Organic Permaculture site on 6 acres, established kitchen and market gardens as well as orchards and wood lot, plus Brisbane’s only certified Organic Markets. NSCF is also a community hub that facilitates the development of social connections and new skills for volunteers and participants in a variety of programs.

About You

The Farming Team Manager should have a proven strong background in practical Permaculture and organic fruit and vegetable farming in the sub tropics, preferably having previously managed a team of people to develop a market garden or orchards. They should have demonstrable experience in both managing day-to-day farm operations as well as driving medium-term strategic and commercial directions.

About the Role

  • Manage and maintain all gardens, orchards and bush revegetation areas using Permaculture principles and practices
  • Manage staff and volunteers within the Farming Team
  • Plan, schedule and manage food production at the Farm.
  • Contribute technical expertise and support other teams as needed
  • Develop the Farm to enhance its reputation as a resilient community asset
  • Work 24 hrs/week (which must include Tuesdays) on a minimum of 4 days a week. Periodic weekend work is required. Timing of working hours can be flexible according to season and farm requirements.


  • Manage all farm zones according to Permaculture and Organic principles
  • Develop, implement and record schedules for seasonal planting, maintaining, harvesting, storing, preserving and selling of food and other Farm crops.
  • Manage the integration of food production and provisioning activities to meet the requirements of the kitchen for community lunches.
  • Manage staff and volunteers in the Farming Team.
  • Coordinate management of the animals and of the green waste and composting systems
  • Work with the Site Manager to maintain farming infrastructure, tools and the workshop
  • Work with the Nursery to save seed and propagate for planting.
  • Work with the Education Coordinator to provide living demonstrations of permaculture principles and practices.
  • Coordinate, manage and develop farming enterprises, including the NSCF Market stall and the allotments
  • Maintain organic certification of the farm, including maintaining current organic management plan and farm operating procedures
  • Organise and facilitate Farming Team meetings
  • Participate in fortnightly Team Reps meetings
  • Report monthly to the Management Committee
  • Prepare and manage budgets and be accountable for any team related cash handling systems
  • Contribute to the development, enactment and review of key policy documents to guide activities on the Farm

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Applications are due close of business Tuesday 27 January 2015.

Permaculture Program Manager — Indian Aid Project

Permaculture Program Manager Melbourne

Based Indian Aid Project

moringa-project1Moringa Project (formerly Traditional Healthcare Incorporated) is seeking expressions of interest for the position of Permaculture Program Manager for its project in Datam, Jharkhand, India.
You can find this project in the Permaculture Research Institute projects section under ‘Traditional Healthcare Datam’.
Moringa Project is a Melbourne based NGO developing an integrated healthcare/agriculture/sustainable energy/community development/social enterprise project in partnership with local Indian NGO, Traditional Healthcare India.
The role of Permaculture Program Manager involves overseeing all aspects of permaculture design and implementation, liaising with other members of the project team and ensuring integration of the various aspects of the project with the permaculture program.
An important part of the permaculture program is the devlopment of training and education programs related to permaculture and ecological agriculture.
The following skills/attributes are desired but not essential:
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  • recognised permaculture/agricutural training.
  • previous experience/training in agricultural aid/development.
  • travel experience esp. India.


Please send expressions of interest and CV to:

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  • Patrick O’Neill, CEO Moringa Project — patrick.oneill[at]
  • more more information contact Patrick on 0404 409 345


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