Now Hiring: Communications & Engagement Officer

Demi Taylor

The Organisation

We are a nationally recognised not-for-profit agricultural research and extension organisation led by farmers with a mission of improving the prosperity of farmers and agricultural communities through farmer-driven innovation, research, and extension. Widely recognised as a credible, independent, and innovative organisation, BCG’s research and communication activities provide evidence, support, and tools for improving farm management practices and profitability.

The Town

Birchip is a happy, vibrant, and progressive community, offering many social, sport and recreational opportunities, boasting outstanding sporting facilities and water-based activities at Tchum Lake, which is located 7kms from town. If you’re interested in music and the Arts, Birchip is host to the annual Mali Heart festival, various visiting cultural arts performances, and a range of regular and varied music events throughout the year.

The Role

The Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) are seeking an inquisitive and enthusiastic Communications & Engagement Officer. This role will involve a high level of attention to detail and would ideally be suited to an individual with interest in communicating agricultural research and regularly engaging with stakeholders.

This role will involve a mix of in-office, in-field and event-based work. Role responsibilities are diverse and may include:

  • Identification, presentation, distribution, development, and delivery of BCG communication outputs.
  • Oversight of various BCG communication platforms.
  • Content creation for the BCG eNews, podcast, technical bulletin, videos, and social media channels.
  • Engagement with various stakeholders and involvement in both internal and external events and initiatives.
  • Website and graphic design, and in-field and event photography and videography.

Qualifications and Attributes

  • Formal qualifications in communications, project management, event management, graphic design, agriculture, or a related discipline is desirable.
  • Proven communication/multimedia skills and experience in one or more areas (social media, graphic design, videography, website, and podcast production) is desirable.
  • Capacity to deliver communications for a range of events, with a focus on knowledge transfer and audience engagement.
  • Strong oral presentation and written communication skills.
  • Experience or a desire to work in the agriculture sector, developing a sound understanding of communicating agricultural information to the farming community.
  • Inquisitive and interested in grain growing, mixed farming systems and rural communities, or desire to learn.
  • Ability to maximise opportunities through collaboration when developing programs, while meeting key project deliverables.
  • Ability to develop a network with rural media delivery agents.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with others within a team and broader organisation in a positive way.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and within a team environment.
  • Experience in Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Suite, WordPress and Canva highly desirable.

This role is being advertised as a full-time position. Flexible working arrangements may be considered for the right applicant. Individuals of all experience levels, from seniors to new graduates are encouraged to apply, as this role will offer significant professional development opportunities.

Applications including a cover letter and CV (with referees) apply to:

If you are interested in applying but unsure if this role is the correct fit for you, we encourage you to call the BCG office on (03) 5492 2787 to discuss.

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