Job Opportunities

The Jane Goodall Institute Australia (JGIA) is small, non-profit with an amazing brand currently going through a strong period of growth. Our job opportunities offer the experience of being a part of a dynamic, passionate and diverse team. We are committed to inspiring actions that connect animals, people and our shared environment (APE) based on the research, philosophy and purpose of Dr Jane Goodall. Founded in 2007, we focus on our Roots & Shoots youth program across Australia and the conservation of great apes, their habitats and surrounding communities in our Africa Programs. JGIA recognises that to help chimpanzees, we must consider APE in all that we do, every day.

JGIA is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to offering an inclusive workplace. We welcome people from all backgrounds and persuasions to apply for our positions and help us contribute to JGIA’s mission of inspiring actions that connect people with animals and our shared environment. We offer flexible, part-time working arrangements and the opportunity for the right person to grow with the organisation.

We are currently seeking applicants for two roles:

  1. Communications and Fundraising Appeals Coordinator (part-time, Sydney)
  2. Roots & Shoots State Coordinators (voluntary, NSW, SA, NT and TAS)


1. Communications and Fundraising Appeals Coordinator

About the Role

We are seeking a brilliant part-time Communications and Fundraising Appeals Coordinator to join our small team to grow the vision of JGIA and contribute to inspiring actions that connect people with animals and our shared environment. To be successful you will have excellent communication skills and experience raising funds and awareness for charitable organisations. The role is Monday – Wednesday (flexible), 0.6FTE.

As the Communications and Fundraising Appeals Coordinator, you will need to develop an organisation-wide communications strategy and execute it across all platforms, online, via email and print. You will also be responsible for content production across these channels, media releases, marketing materials, newsletters and annual fundraising appeals with the aim of growing our database and increasing revenue.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Producing national fundraising appeals (acquisition and retention) to generate substantial income and contributing to overall fundraising strategy
  • Developing a communications strategy (including editorial calendar) and executing across multiple channels (e.g. social media, direct communications, web marketing, e-communications, print, media)
  • Creating content and collateral for use across multiple channels (copy, graphics, video)
  • Developing a database strategy and managing the database and all fundraising and communications records
  • Writing and planning monthly e-newsletters
  • Developing ideas and campaigns for list building
  • Collaborating with external agencies
  • Coordinating logistics for non-tour related fundraising events

Skills and Experience

  • Solid (3+ years) communications and fundraising experience (including an understanding of the donor journey)
  • A personal interest in animal welfare, environmental conservation and community education and action
  • Graphic design skills (e.g. Canva) with a strong sense of aesthetic and design
  • An understanding of social media trends
  • Wide experience with various tech platforms or willingness to learn
  • Excellent attention to detail and exceptional writing skills
  • Outstanding organisational skills
  • A ‘can do’ attitude and enthusiasm for working as part of a small, committed team
  • A commitment to achieving results

This role is for you if you:

  • Are passionate about working for a purpose driven company having a huge positive impact in the world
  • Get excited about writing effective copy that engages the audience and results in greater involvement and financial support
  • Thrive in roles where you can take self-initiative but work harmoniously in a small, tight-knit team
  • Enjoy building relationships and liaising with others to get things done well and in a timely manner
  • Are willing to be adaptable and flexible within your role (an inevitable part of a small charity)
  • Want to work with people who are fun, positive and innovative

This role is not for you if:

  • You are not a people person
  • You need to be told what to do most of the time
  • Organisation is not one of your strengths
  • You aren’t able to think outside the box
  • You don’t like rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in

Additional information

  • Must be able to work 3 days per week
  • Based in Bondi Junction, Sydney
  • Pay will be experience dependent and reflective of the not-for profit industry
  • Job will start as soon as a candidate is found (start date is negotiable)
  • Tools currently used in the business: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Dropbox, Zoom, NationBuilder, WordPress.

Deadline for submissions is Sunday 26 February at midnight to, using the subject line: Communications and Fundraising Appeals Coordinator application.


2. Roots & Shoots State Coordinator (Voluntary)

Location: NSW, NT, TAS, and SA

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots (R&S) is a program that empowers young people and equips them with the tools, motivation and support they need to address the problems that matter to them most. We are looking for motivated, focused and hard working volunteers to join our team as Roots & Shoots coordinators in the above states. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a dynamic, passionate and diverse team.

About Roots & Shoots

R&S is a global network of young people empowered and inspired to take action to improve our world. It is a youth-led community action movement that is making a difference in almost 100 countries. R&S builds on Dr. Jane’s vision of creating community-based solutions to big challenges. All around the world, young people are exploring problems in their communities affecting Animals, People and the Environment (APE), brainstorming solutions and creating projects that help to solve the problems. It is a program that is different for each and every member around the world and for that reason we are seeking adaptable, enthusiastic volunteers to become key members of our team. We are looking to create an ever-expanding network of Australians who are inspired to take action as change-making global citizens. For more information on Roots & Shoots click here.

About the Role

As a R&S State Coordinator you will be working as part of a team with other passionate, volunteer, state-based R&S coordinators, the national coordinator, CEO and other staff and volunteers. You will be playing a pivotal part in the growth of this inspiring organisation. We offer flexible, part-time working arrangements and the opportunity for the right person to grow with the organisation.

You will manage a range of tasks including promoting R&S across your state, supporting R&S groups and individuals, building and coordinating a team of volunteers, engaging and supporting youth leaders and forming partnerships with other organistaions. You will also have the opportunity to provide input and assist in the development of our events, social media, campaigns and resources. To be successful you will be dedicated, organised and compassionate. You will have excellent interpersonal communication skills, experience working with youth and an alignment with the values of JGIA.

Position description:

To be successful in this role you must: In this role you will be required to:
  • Be willing and able to commit 20 hours per month to the role
  • Have experience working with youth or children
  • Have exceptional communication skills
  • Be comfortable preparing and delivering presentations
  • Identify new members, activities and fundraising opportunities
  • Bring your expertise to raise awareness for existing programs
  • Computer literate
  • Willing to assist in developing resources for R&S
  • Respond to emails within 48 hours
  • Have a current drivers license and reliable transport
  • Have Police and WWC clearance (or be willing to obtain)
  • Manage all R&S activities within your State
  • Promote R&S to individuals and groups (e.g. schools, universities)
  • Identify and approach potential R&S members
  • Regularly (4+ times/year) visit all active schools
  • Form a team of capable and like-minded people
  • Support and implement events including state R&S conference
  • Establish and maintain relationships with partner organisations
  • Stock and promote merchandise
  • Attend a minimum of 75% of online meetings

If you are interested, please send a current CV including references and a cover letter explaining how you meet the job requirements, why you would like to work at JGIA and how you align with our core values to using the subject line Roots & Shoots State Coordinator Expression of Interest.