Permaculture Australia (PA) is the national member based permaculture organisation in Australia. As a Company limited by Guarantee and registered charity, PA is governed by a Board of Directors who are all volunteers. We are seeking Interim Directors who are interested in being on the PA Board but are perhaps unsure about what this involves. This is a great opportunity to get an insight into the Board and PA’s operations, with the option to nominate at the AGM to be held on 13 April 2021 at the Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Brisbane.
Interested persons must be a current financial member of PA and be located within Australia. You can read more about our current staff and Board of Directors here: and sign up to PA here if not a member.
Why join as a PA Director?
PA is in an exciting phase, with solid foundations having been set and significant growth in memberships and funding over the past year. Since early 2019 the Board has increased the hours and number of part-time paid positions which has helped enormously in relieving the Board of many operational tasks. Whilst COVID has presented challenges to many people and in our communities, it has also brought a large resurgence of interest in permaculture which is exciting. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are interested and would like to apply their skills and experience while contributing to permaculture in Australia.
What’s in It for You?
- Get actively involved in helping take PA through to the next phase of development and shaping our direction
- Develop skills in the governance of a Company, which is also a national charity and environmental organisation
- Support provided including an allocated ‘mentor’ and an opportunity to shadow more experienced team members.
- Develop your work experience, resume, networks and skills.
- Flexible volunteer hours that can be completed online from anywhere in Australia.
About the role(s):
We are looking for general Board members who have skills in one or more of the following areas: chairing meetings, networking, project management, governance, company law, budgeting, strategic planning, policy, writing submissions, fundraising, media, marketing, organizing events, permaculture education, volunteer and/or staff management. Ideally, interested persons will have previous experience on the Committee of a not-for-profit and/or community organization/s. Broad networks within the permaculture community will be highly regarded.
PA is a virtual organization with meetings and work activities conducted predominantly online. Applicants must be experienced in/or willing to learn the use of Zoom and Google Suite.
Requirements and commitment:
Time commitment is at least 2-3 hours per week on average plus a monthly zoom Board meeting. You need reliable Internet access and must have read What Does Board Membership Involve? Our Board follows the Permaculture Ethics and Principles in all activities and has a Volunteer Agreement that all volunteers must assent to.
What do some of our current Board members say?
“It has been my privilege to work with a succession of fabulous teams. PA is a wonderful organization with a serious and professional side, as well as a fun and joyous side as we work with our partners and friends in communities all over Australia.” Virginia, Chair of the PA Board
“I’ve found the Board supporting and welcoming with diverse, interesting volunteer work. I’ve enjoyed researching and learning about aspects of governance whilst applying skills from my professional background”, Wendy Secretary of the Board
“I’ve joined PA as a new Board Director and the Permafund Liaison and am looking forward to supporting Permaculture projects in Australia and overseas”, Greta General Board
For more information:
Further queries are welcome. Please contact Virginia Solomon, Chair of the PA Board, via 0438 437 919 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to apply:
Please send a copy of your resume and brief cover letter (no more than one page) outlining the skills you would bring to the Board and why you would like to be involved with PA. Applicants should be sent to email@example.com by Friday 5th February 2021.
We look forward to hearing from you.