Program Assistant - Outdoor Education | Chum Creek

Program Assistant - Outdoor Education

Posted on 12-Dec-2018
Application Close Date: 18-Jan-2019
Chum Creek
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Wesley College Melbourne, a Uniting Church school with a rich tradition spanning 152 years, is a diverse, dynamic, coeducational learning community with more than 3,350 students aged between 3 and 18 years across 3 main campuses. 

In addition to the Melbourne based campuses, Wesley College offers a remarkable sequence of outdoor experiences that we carefully layer into our school program from Years 3 to 10. All programs in this sequence share two educational aims. Firstly, we want our students to experience life within a caring and careful community - communal relationships and actions are defining and fundamental aspects of human existence. Secondly, we want our students to experience the delight of the natural world. 

Our Chum Creek property is located in the forests and foothills of the Central Highlands. This region is important, beautiful and bountiful. Here is where Melbourne gets much of its wood, water and recreational space. Proximity to Melbourne makes it a very accessible location for Years 3, 4, 5 and 7 programs, which focus on feeling comfortable within the natural environment, understanding ecological concepts and introducing ways to enjoy the forests within the site.

To support this program, applications are invited for a passionate and qualified Outdoor Education Program Assistant for a full time position at our Chum Creek facility, near Healesville.  This position is available for commencement in January 2019 and is currently a temporary position for the 2019 school year.  

The role of the Program Assistant is to support Teaching staff in the efficient running of the Chum Creek Camp program. In making this appointment, the College is seeking applicants who, among other qualities, can demonstrate:

  • A desire and passion for working with groups of young people
  • Qualifications and experience in a range of outdoor activities including bushwalking, challenge ropes programs and environmental activities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate with a broad range of people
  • Familiarity with computers and a high level of personal organisation.
  • The ability to prioritise work in a demanding and ever changing environment

Work will be undertaken across a variety of shifts and occasional sleepovers and other night work will be required including campouts with the students in Grade 5 and Year 7. Accommodation is provided onsite whilst camps are in session as are meals.

We provide extensive professional development and individual mentoring, as well as a range of attractive employment benefits. Further details are provided in the attached position description.

Applications close at 5:00pm on Friday 18 January 2019.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and interviews may commence prior to the application close time. 

Wesley College is a child safe employer and is committed to the welfare of children and their protection. All potential employees and volunteers will be required to comply with the School's Child Safe Policy and Code of Conduct. Applicants will be required to undergo police and background checks in accordance with this policy.

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