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Volunteer Site Supervisor, Southern Highlands  

(Full Time Contract, Paid Position)    

Context 

Habitat for Humanity is a global not-for-profit provider of housing for low-income families in need. Habitat for Humanity works in thousands of communities around the world and has built, rehabilitated and repaired over one million homes, helping more than 35 million people. Our vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. We are an inclusive workplace and believe that people should be employed on the basis of merit. 

We are looking to find landscaping, building and/or construction professionals with supervisory/management skills in the Southern Highlands to help us deliver our range of services to disadvantaged people. Our programs include: disaster recovery and resilience; home maintenance and repair; and projects to provide and improve housing solutions. This position will be offered on a paid contract basis, with a possibility of extension.  

More about our work: 

We mobilise teams of volunteers to engage in disaster recovery, resilience and preparedness and to conduct landscaping, maintenance, painting and minor building repairs. In the Southern Highlands, we will primarily work with families and individuals exposed to natural disasters like bushfire and support communities to be better prepared for future disasters.  

The supervisor position is responsible for the organisation of disaster resilience and recovery activities and supervising and leading teams of often unskilled volunteers while providing guidance and positive support. The position is also responsible for some project management, coordination, documentation and reporting, and may occasionally be called on to support Habitat’s other projects in the Greater Sydney and surrounding region. Successful applicants for this role must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. 

Purpose 

The supervisor undertakes a range of functions including – 

  • Using their building / construction skills and experience to guide, support and supervisor often unskilled volunteers. 
  • Organising and managing disaster recovery and resilience work, maintenance, landscaping, indoor and outdoor painting, and small building projects. 
  • Managing logistics for volunteer activities, including tools, equipment, vehicle loading, food, drinks and other amenities for volunteers. 
  • Managing tools, equipment and materials efficiently and effectively. 
  • Driving a utility vehicle or van while towing a trailer. 
  • Ensuring a safe working environment and proactively encouraging safe working practices. 
  • Providing information briefings and safety presentations to volunteer teams. 
  • Taking photos at volunteer activities and preparing reports. 
  • Ensuring projects are completed on schedule and to a high standard 
  • Other tasks to support the efficient and effective operation of the program  

Essential Selection Criteria 

  • Building, renovation, construction and maintenance skills and experience, including ability to paint and complete building repairs and small building projects. 
  • Ability to support, motivate, supervise and work with up to 10 unskilled volunteers working on building maintenance and disaster recovery projects whilst creating a positive fun work environment. 
  • Highly motivated, positive, excellent organisation skills with very good attention to detail and ability to work independently. 
  • Communication skills including written, verbal and presentation skills. 
  • Unrestricted driver’s licence, ability to drive a Ute with trailer and willingness to travel. 
  • Construction White Card (or willingness to obtain) and knowledge of construction site safety. 

Other Requirements 

  • Habitat for Humanity requires that all employees take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities, and all those with whom we work. 
  • The successful applicant will need to provide evidence of a clear criminal history and adhere to HFH’s Code of Conduct, policies and procedures including the Child Protection Policy. 
  • The supervisor will need a satisfactory driving history and may need to provide details of their driving history as part of the application process. 
  • Covid 19 vaccination is mandatory for staff and this requirement will apply to this position. 

How to Apply 

To obtain a position description or to ask any questions about the role please email Michelle Duby, [email protected], using the subject line: Volunteer Supervisor. 

When applying for this position, please submit a covering letter that specifically addresses each of the selection criteria. 

Applications Close: Closing date 25 June 2022, however applications will be considered as they are received so we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.