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BVSS Coordinator - Position available

The Bega Valley Seed Savers is seeking someone in a coordination role for up to 3 hours per week. The role is largely focussed on supporting the volunteers at the seed production garden in Springvale. The coordinator is expected to be onsite with the volunteers for up to 2 hours every Tuesday morning.

The right person for this role will have organisational and planning skills, including attention to detail and record keeping as well as good communication skills. Some vegetable gardening knowledge and experience, preferably including seed growing would be an asset. They will be working directly with a group of keen volunteers who are happy to share their skills and knowledge.

The person in this role would need to be able to invoice BVSS for payment of their services. It is envisaged that the rate would be about $30 per hour. BVSS is open to flexible approaches to delivering the support needed by our volunteers, including possible job sharing or other arrangements. This role is expected to last for 12 months and there will be a trial period of up to 3 months. There is potential for the role to expand in the future and extend beyond 12 months. BVSS will assess the benefits to our volunteers of a paid coordinator at the end of the 12 months.

If you are interested in this position please send a brief application addressing the selection criteria below to before 10th June 2022. Questions about the position can be directed to Liz - 0415 145 110.

Role Description

1. Look after the volunteers as the most important asset of BVSS
- manage ‘toolbox talk’ process at the start of each work session
- induct new volunteers to the site including ensuring they know WH&S processes, location of first aid kit, their responsibilities to look after themselves and each other, site etiquette (e.g. don't walk on the beds or interfere with non-BVSS beds/crops, privacy of Paul & Linda's space, where to park, watering system, managing bed edges with mown areas)
- recognise and appreciate volunteer efforts.
2. Manage purchasing for Springvale garden requirements (e.g. mulch, nets, string, star pickets …)
- track expenditure and maintain appropriate records.
3. Gather input and propose planting schedules for the Springvale site (within season, and season to season)
- check with other BVSS seed growers and current stocks held to determine priorities and minimise overlaps
- within appropriate crop rotation
- avoid interactions between P&L crops and BVSS (e.g. shading, cross-fertilising).
4. Manage weekly task list with input from volunteers and site owners (P&L)
- maintain and regularly update bed planting/tasks table, and circulate as necessary.
5. Ensure that all plant varieties are labelled clearly in the beds.
6. Manage any drying or processing required for harvested seed
- volunteers will often take fruit or pods for processing - ensure it is labelled, record who has taken which variety and that seed is returned
- seed ready for processing can be taken to the monthly gathering for volunteers to clean.
7. Communicate with volunteers, so everyone knows what is going on
- regular emails to the Springvale crew (weekly encourages attendance)
- be clear about any changes in dates/times of work sessions (seasonal).
8. Communicate with BVSS and the general public
- post updates to the BVSS FB page and occasional updates to the ‘discuss’ email list, as necessary
- help to spread the word about seed saving and the work of BVSS to the general public.
9. Manage events and/or workshops with support from volunteer members.
10. Look for and manage any grant applications with support from volunteer members.

Selection Criteria

1. Organisational and planning skills, including attention to detail and record keeping.
2. Communication and interpersonal skills.
3. Some vegetable gardening knowledge and experience, preferably including seed production.


SCPA wishes to acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians and Elders of this land.