Seeking directors and project leaders

The Good Life Farm is seeking board members and project team members to assist in growing our unique animal-based therapy and education programs for vulnerable young people.
 
We need leaders who are prepared to commit time to build the organisation and work with limited resources.
 
Through animal and nature-based programs on a small mixed farm at Healesville, the Good Life Farm provides support, coaching, skills development, referral pathways and cognitive interventions to young people who are vulnerable or at risk.
 
At the Good Life Farm we have witnessed the profound impact of animal and nature-based programs with traumatised young people. You can help to make this work even better - as a director or project team member?
 
We’re looking for people in the following key areas:
  • Legal, Risk and Compliance
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Fundraising
  • Communications and marketing
  • Psychology or social services
If you have none of the above formal qualifications in your CV, don’t be deterred, we need people who are prepared to ‘roll up their sleeves’ and are committed to making a difference.

Desirable skills and experience

  • Knowledge of NFP governance
  • A desire to assist a unique NFP working with youth at risk
  • Ability to manage a project or campaign
  • Good presentation and listening skills
  • Willingness to collaborate in a team environment
  • An ability to engage with senior decision-makers
  • Working with children check (or willingness to obtain)
NB. Directors and project team members do not work directly with the young people but they are expected to observe the programs in action within 3 months of appointment and to stay in touch with the program during their tenure.

Organisation overview

The Good Life Farm, founded in 2005, provides animal-based therapy and education programs for vulnerable ‘at risk’ 7-17 year-olds. Many of our young people have experienced severe abuse and/or neglect. Many have critical behavioural and socialisation problems that have resulted in disengagement from the mainstream education system and from community participation. More than 80% have mental health concerns that can transmute into unacceptable social behaviours.
 
The Good Life Farm is often the last resort to provide these young people with positive living and learning experience. The Good Life Farm aims to create a safe and consistent environment with positive role models and access to support services, building a young person’s sense of self and learning new ways of trusting and relating to others and in doing so enabling them to participate in mainstream education and social networks.

How to apply

Please send your application to the Good Life Farm to goodlifefarm@iinet.net.au or call Frank Dixon, Chair to discuss on 0400 054 688.