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First Nations Environmental Project Support

Darling Downs Environment Council

The Darling Downs Environment Council (DDEC) is the peak environment council for the Darling Downs, Southern Downs, Western Downs and Lockyer Valley regions. Established in 2014 it represents and supports local democratic grass roots environmental protection and conservation groups. DDEC is the regional branch of the Queensland Conservation Council, the state’s peak environmental body and is largely funded through a grant administered by the Department of Environment and Science (DES) and auspiced by the Queensland Conservation Council.

Tasks that the role may involve:

Project Coordination and Implementation:

  • Assist in the planning, development, and execution of projects that benefit First Nations communities.
  • Coordinate with community leaders, stakeholders, and partners to ensure the successful implementation of projects.
  • Monitor project progress, evaluate outcomes, and make recommendations for improvements.

Community Engagement and Outreach:

  • Foster positive relationships with First Nations communities and individuals.
  • Organize and participate in community meetings, events, and consultations.
  • Collaborate with local organizations and agencies to promote project initiatives and resources.

Research and Documentation:

  • Conduct research on relevant topics, issues, and best practices related to First Nations' rights, culture, and development.
  • Compile and maintain records, reports, and documentation related to project activities and outcomes.
  • Assist in the development of educational materials, presentations, and resources for community members.

Communication and Advocacy:

  • Communicate project updates, successes, and challenges to organizational stakeholders, supporters, and the broader community.
  • Advocate for the rights, interests, and well-being of First Nations peoples through various channels, including media, public speaking, and networking.

Administrative Support:

  • Assist with administrative tasks, such as scheduling meetings, preparing agendas, and managing correspondence.
  • Support fundraising and grant writing efforts related to First Nations projects and initiatives.
  • Ensure compliance with organizational policies, procedures, and ethical guidelines.

Skills and Experience Needed:

  • Knowledge and understanding of First Nations cultures, histories, and issues.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, including community members, leaders, and organizations.
  • Experience in project management, community development, or related fields is preferred.
  • Proficiency in research, analysis, and report writing.
  • Cultural sensitivity, empathy, and respect for First Nations perspectives and traditions.

Benefits of Volunteering with DDEC:

  • Opportunity to contribute to meaningful projects and initiatives that support First Nations communities.
  • Gain valuable experience and skills in community engagement, project coordination, and advocacy.
  • Network with First Nations leaders, organizations, and experts in the field.
  • Access to training, resources, and professional development opportunities.
  • Be part of a supportive and inclusive team committed to making a positive impact.

Impact of the Opportunity:

By serving as a First Nations Project Officer Volunteer, you will play a vital role in advancing our organization's mission and goals. Your dedication and contributions will directly benefit First Nations communities, promoting cultural preservation, empowerment, and sustainable development. This opportunity offers a unique platform to make a lasting impact, foster meaningful relationships, and advocate for social justice and equity within First Nations contexts.

We invite passionate individuals who are committed to supporting First Nations communities and contributing to positive change to join us as Project Officers. Together, we can create a brighter and more inclusive future for all.