Landcare Tasmania is seeking a new team member!

Position Title: Admin and Finance Officer

Landcare Tasmania is seeking a new team member to deliver a number of vital finance and administrative functions for our work supporting community Landcare.


Landcare Tasmania is the peak body that represents, supports, strengthens and grows the community Landcare movement in Tasmania.  We are the oldest State-based Landcare organisation in Australia with 260 member groups, plus individual and associate members, supporting almost 5,000 volunteers annually to maintain and improve the health of our natural and working landscapes.  Landcare Tasmania is a registered charity and a Deductible Gift Recipient organisation operating the Tasmanian Landcare Fund.  Our strategic focus is on effectively fulfilling our core functions, delivering vital services to members, strengthening and growing community Landcare, and driving innovation and change in ways in which the Landcare ethic is delivered.

Our Vision: For all the land and coasts of Tasmania to be cared for by the community.
Our Mission: To create an environment for Landcare that the community chooses to be part of.



To help Landcare Tasmania support the office team and community to deliver environment, land management and sustainability outcomes across Tasmania.  Manage the finance, data management and administration functions with a consistent and systematic approach. An adaptable and fast learner who can answer and direct phone calls and emails, help members with their grants and insurance, fit in well with a small but passionate office team and deal with the unexpected. It calls for a high energy, optimistic, multitasker who enjoys problem solving, gets jobs done and is an agile thinker with a good sense of humor.



The role of the Finance and Administration officer is to:

  • manage Landcare Tasmania’s financial accounts and financial management systems;
  • provide executive assistance to support the work of the CEO; and
  • ensure Landcare Tasmania’s administrative systems are maintained and kept up to date to be efficient and effective in supporting the organisation’s goals.

The Finance and Administration Officer works closely with the CEO to ensure excellence in the internal management of Landcare Tasmania’s affairs.



Internal relationships: Works collaboratively with the Landcare Tasmania team including volunteers.
External relationships: Contract bookkeeper, Accountant/Auditor, Members, Suppliers.

BASIS OF EMPLOYMENT: Part time 3-4 days a week (to be negotiated), including some work on weekends and out of normal business hours for special events.
LOCATION: Hobart, Tasmania. With occasional travel within the State.
SALARY: To be negotiated based on skills and experience.  $70,000 - $78,000 pro rata
RESPONSIBLE TO: Chief Executive Officer
CLOSING DATE: 9am Tuesday 4 August 2020
START DATE: Tuesday 25 August



Please address the following in your application.


Selection Criteria

What you need to know about who we are looking for

Knowledge and experience using accounting software.

Experience working with Xero or a similar accounting package.  Training will be considered where a candidate has suitable experience on other platforms.

Competent managing financial accounts, including accruals, accounting and standard business financial reports.

Being an accountant or book keeper isn’t essential.  However you must demonstrate a degree of practical understanding and an aptitude to develop this capacity, and the ability to work with the CEO and/or bookkeeper on accounts and reports.

Demonstrated ability to manage competing demands on time on a transparent and professional basis.

Landcare Tasmania is a small organisation and complex for its size.  Competing demands are a fact of life here.  We’re looking for someone with a calm and organised mind, who can work with others, and who can find simplicity in complexity.

Strong interpersonal skills, with experience in customer service, working with volunteers or administrative support roles preferred.

This role is a vital one that complements the work of a number of other people, often concurrently.  You need to be able to communicate with empathy and clarity to the people you work with - particularly the CEO, other staff, volunteers and Landcare members. More importantly, you’ll need to be able to use the language of community Landcare consistently and without ambiguity.

Demonstrated problem solving skills and ability to work in a changing environment.

Landcare Tas has just 6 staff (<4 FTE) servicing 260 Landcare groups with almost 5,000 volunteers collectively.  When problems or unexpected circumstances arise, each member of staff has to be able to make fast and positive contributions to finding solutions. 

Experience in the design, implementation, application and review of administrative systems.

This role sits in the middle of a large percentage of Landcare Tasmania’s operations and activities.  You need to be able to do systems, processes and procedures in a way that is accessible and easy for other people who will use them.  You need to be able to quickly and efficiently build redundancy into our internal process – anyone of our staff being hit by the proverbial bus could cause significant disruption.

Are trustworthy, in particular with regards to sensitive information such as contact lists and payment details. Demonstrating honesty, integrity, humility and tolerance.

These are highly personal traits, you need to work out how to show them to us.

Strong computer literacy and willingness to learn new technology.

It’s a changing world, and new technology is coming all the time.  It’s not survival of the fittest, but those who are most able to adapt.  Tell us what platforms, programs, apps you have experience in and show us you have the ability to rapidly build understanding and familiarity with new technologies.

Knowledge, understanding and experience of community Landcare in Tasmania.

Community Landcare is an often misunderstood and operates in a complex space where the term is often misused.  Demonstrate that you have an understanding of what community Landcare is in Tasmania and what separates us from other environmental organisations. 


For the full position description please download the PDF



CLOSING DATE: 9am Tuesday 4 August 2020
1. Read full position description
2. Send your CV along with a cover letter, a statement addressing the selection criteria (no more than 4 pages) and outlining why you think you are the best person for this role, and contact details for 2 professional referees.
Email: [email protected]
Enquiries to:

Rod Knight, CEO

Ph: (03) 6234 7117