First Nations Cultural Educator (Cooling the Schools)

Location: Sydney, NSW, Dharug Country

Status: Full-time

Empower the next generation to connect with nature through learning about native plant species and their connection to Aboriginal Culture.

About us

Greening Australia is a proudly independent environmental enterprise committed to restoring Australia’s diverse landscapes and protecting biodiversity in ways that benefit communities, economies and nature. With projects spanning the breadth of the country, we apply a science-led, collaborative approach to deliver nature-based solutions addressing the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Our organisation is made up of more than 150 knowledgeable and passionate employees across Australia, creating a measurable and lasting impact on Australia’s unique environment. We believe that people thrive when nature thrives, and we work to translate this shared value into practice.

Watch our Impact video to learn more about some of our recent work.

About Cooling the Schools

Greening Australia are working with students and teachers to add thousands of native trees and plants to schoolyards, creating cooler, greener, more inviting spaces for learning and play. As they plant, students learn firsthand about the environmental and cultural benefits of planting native trees for First Nations cultures, urban cooling and biodiversity.

This initiative works with schools to connect children with nature through free planting sessions, that also empower them to create wildlife habitat, reduce urban heat and increase tree canopy cover in their schools.

About the role

As the First Nations Cultural Educator your role will be to present Aboriginal cultural education so that students learn about both the environmental and cultural value of native plant species.

Key activities:

  • Delivery of school incursions including curriculum-based lessons and presenting interpretation of plants to include First Nations cultural practices and knowledge
  • Liaison with principals, teachers and school staff to facilitate incursions
  • Coordination of contractors and materials to support on ground delivery
  • Site assessments and preparation of individual site plans for schools
  • Coordination of implementation of on ground works and maintenance
  • Project/technical research

About you

The essentials:

  • Sound understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and society
  • Ability to work effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
  • Cultural knowledge of native plants
  • Relevant work experience in cultural and/or environmental education
  • Current full driver’s licence.
  • Ability to tow trailers and operate small power tools and equipment such as brush cutters and petrol-earth augers.
  • Demonstrated ability to present to school aged children and/or community groups
  • Working with Children Check (WWCC).

The nice-to-haves:

  • Diploma level or higher qualifications in horticulture, conservation and land management, or bush regeneration desirable.
  • Experience with native vegetation management and revegetation projects
  • Botanical / vegetation identification and monitoring skills.
  • Experience with data collection for monitoring and reporting.
  • Occupational First Aid Training.
  • Qualifications and experience in chemical handling (ChemCert, Certificate of Competency), or ability to obtain a ChemCert.
  • Ability to drive a manual car and 4WD experience.

What we offer

  • Flexible approach to work with options for adjusting start and finish times
  • Opportunities for learning and development and internal career progression
  • Stop. Breath. Think. – No Meetings Fridays
  • Wellbeing Days & Greening Australia’s Big Day Off
  • 12.25% Super
  • Employee Assistance Program

How to apply

Please submit your CV and a cover letter, outlining why you’re the perfect fit for this role, to [email protected]

If you’d like to know more please reach out to Chris Macris, Operations Lead at [email protected]

Greening Australia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment and welcome and encourage applicants from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, the LGBTQIA+ community and candidates of any nationality, age, background, disability and gender identity to apply.