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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.  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 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.

We are currently seeking applicants for the below roles:
1. Roots & Shoots General Manager
2. Roots & Shoots State Coordinators (NT, TAS) Voluntary

1. Roots & Shoots General Manager

Part time (0.6FTE), Sydney-based, initial 1-year contract

  • Leadership role with strong culture performance capabilities
  • Global non-profit with an iconic environmental brand

About the Organisation

This dynamic for-purpose organisation with an amazing brand fosters a passionate and diverse culture that is committed to “inspiring actions that connect animals, people, and our shared environment”. You will work closely with the leadership team and play 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 beyond the scope and length of this contract. We are based in eastern Sydney close to public transport.

About the Role

We are seeking an experienced and committed General Manager for our R&S team to drive the growth of R&S. You will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of curriculum-based educational materials, securing ongoing funding opportunities, leading and building a team of R&S State Coordinators and managing a range of tasks including organising and facilitating large youth events. To be successful in this position you must be organised, enthusiastic and professional.

Skills and Experience

You will have 5+ years managing youth programs, experience in delivering large programs, strong communication and management (including volunteers) skills and commitment to the values of JGIA. Your proven ability to meet deadlines, think strategically and effectively manage time and priorities will see you succeed in the role. You will have the capacity to organise and market events and work with partner organisations. You will have a strong sense of diplomacy and a commitment to the values of JGIA. You will be highly motivated, adaptable and compassionate.

Specifically, your responsibilities will include:

  • Overseeing the general management of R&S Australia including building and supporting a team of volunteer R&S State Coordinators with assistance from the R&S People Coordinator
  • Leading the development and rollout of R&S curriculum resources and implementing strategies to encourage use of R&S curriculum resources, particularly in rural Australia
  • Training R&S representatives on the delivery of curriculum resources
  • Reporting the overall success, progress and direction of R&S to the CEO/Board
  • Managing all budgeting and reporting for R&S, including the Mini Grants program
  • Overseeing and facilitating large youth events and R&S State Coordinator Workshops
  • Coordinating, updating and distributing R&S materials as required
  • Liaising and forming partnerships with external organisations to increase the presence of R&S in Australia
  • Managing the R&S Australia website, including the projects page, and liaising with website developers as required
  • Managing new R&S member sign-ups, the R&S member database and R&S email
  • Researching and supporting best-practice youth-leadership programs, particularly in other JGI Chapters, including how information is shared
  • Leading JGIA’s fundraising efforts, including grant  opportunities, in the R&S space

This role is for you if you:

  • Are passionate about youth programs and having a positive impact in the world
  • Understand the for-purpose sector, including volunteer management, fundraising operations and drivers of success
  • Thrive in roles where you can be independent and take self-initiative and prioritise, but work harmoniously in a small, ‘hands-on’ team
  • Are willing to be adaptable and flexible within your role and roll up your sleeves when required (an inevitable part of a small charity)
  • Are responsible, mature and organised
  • Have a personal interest in animal welfare, environmental conservation and community education and action.

To apply, please send a current CV with one-page cover letter explaining your credentials, passions and why you're a great fit to

2. Roots & Shoots State Coordinators: NT, Tas (All Voluntary)

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 organisations. 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 current 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 representatives
  • Support and implement events including State R&S conference
  • Establish and maintain relationships with partner organisations
  • Stock and sell 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 wouldl 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.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are always looking for skilled volunteers to help in and out of the office. If you are interested in volunteering please sign up here.