Jobs at MCRN


Community Development Workers (3 positions) - 'Resilient Villages' Pilot Project

Mountains Community Resource Network (MCRN) is seeking to contract three new positions, to March 2025, to implement a pilot project of 'Resilient Villages' as part of a three-year Preparing Australian Communities grant, funded by the Federal government.  MCRN is the peak body for the community sector in the Blue Mountains, funded by NSW Communities & Justice, and has led the Recovery work for the community services sector since the October 2013 and 2019-20 bushfires.

The project aims to draw together current/planned individual village-based initiatives and to assist each community to develop local, community-led Resilience Action Plans for each village/locality. This pilot project is designed to build on work underway in the Blue Mountains since 2013 to increase the resilience of our communities - street by street, and each village at a time.

The Project is looking to engage 3 x skilled community development workers (1 x PT Project Lead, SCHADS 6.1;  2 x FT CDWs, SCHADS 4.2) to assist with coordination, capacity-building and support to each participating community, and assist in ensuring sustainability. The lessons learned in the course of the project will be shared with other villages participating in the pilot, and any others interested in the model (in what we hope will be Stage 2 roll-out across the LGA).

In addition, the project will involve significant expansion of our coordinated annual 'Get Ready! BM' preparedness program across the LGA.

If you have a background in grass-roots, community development, or community-led recovery or resilience-building, one of these exciting roles may be for you!

Remote working/WFH will be combined with on-ground connection and liaison with participating communities in the Blue Mountains over the course of the project.

Download Position Descriptions       Download Detailed Project Plan - Resilient Villages Project

Interested applicants MUST address essential and desirable selection criteria (see below); any applications which do not address the Selection Criteria will not be considered.

Please provide at least two referees, with at least one being a previous employer/supervisor. All applicants must be willing to undergo a criminal record and Working With Children check.

Enquiries about the position are to be directed to Kris Newton, MCRN Manager on 0458 626 210.

Applications should be addressed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by close of business Friday 10th June, 2022.  Late applications will not be considered.

Essential Criteria

• Demonstrated background/expertise in community development (including specifically grass-roots community consultation/co-design processes, genuine community engagement).

• Demonstrated skill in building trusting relationships and productive networks (in community, with project partners/stakeholders, in a team).

• Demonstrated active listening skills.

• Excellent written skills (including report-writing, analysis, data-analysis, developing case-studies and stories, recommendations for follow-up action).

• Excellent verbal communication skills (including clarity, matching message to target audience, chairing or convening public meetings, public speaking).

• Ability to deal with conflict (including in community meetings, or in a team).

• Driver’s Licence; and

• Proof of up-to-date COVID vaccinations.

Desirable Criteria

• Demonstrated understanding of Blue Mountains community (shared values, unique villages, geography, history, socio-economic factors, experiences with emergencies, etc.).

• Previous experience with long-term Recovery or community preparedness programs following an emergency would be highly regarded.

• Ability to work from home if required (NB laptops, mobiles, etc supplied).


Communications Officer - 'Resilient Villages' Pilot Project

Mountains Community Resource Network (MCRN) is seeking a new Comms/media position, to March 2025, to implement a pilot project of 'Resilient Villages' as part of a three-year Preparing Australian Communities grant, funded by the Federal government.  MCRN is the peak body for the community sector in the Blue Mountains, funded by NSW Communities & Justice, and has led the Recovery work for the community services sector since the October 2013 and 2019-20 bushfires.

The project aims to draw together current/planned individual village-based initiatives and to assist each community to develop local, community-led Resilience Action Plans for each village/locality. This pilot project is designed to build on work underway in the Blue Mountains since 2013 to increase the resilience of our communities - street by street, and each village at a time.

The Project is looking to engage a skilled communications/media/community promotions worker (PT SCHADS 3.1; approx 21 hours per week) to assist with communications to and between participating communities. The lessons learned in the course of the project will be shared with other villages participating in the pilot, and any others interested in the model (in what we hope will be Stage 2 roll-out across the LGA).

The role will include provision of coordinated communications:

  • the development of a dedicated website to share our experience and outcomes with the BM and communities beyond which may be interested in the model and the journey;
  • production of regular Newsletters, vlogs, social media and web etc. updates;
  • (with permission) filming of participants at each step, for a ‘time-lapse’ recording of progress, challenges and victories;
  • enable sharing the outcomes of the project as widely as possible (including assistance as required with an Expo or ‘show & tell’ celebration of successes and lessons learned);
  • liaise with 'Get Ready! BM' Coordinator to photograph/film and share images (with permission) and stories of 'Get Ready!' activities.

If you have a background in community communications and media, this role may be for you! Remote working/WFH will be combined with on-ground connection and liaison with participating communities in the Blue Mountains over the course of the project.

Download Position Description       Download Detailed Project Plan - Resilient Villages Project

Interested applicants MUST address essential and desirable selection criteria (see below); any applications which do not address the Selection Criteria will not be considered.

Please provide at least two referees, with at least one being a previous employer/supervisor. All applicants must be willing to undergo a criminal record and Working With Children check.

Enquiries about the position are to be directed to Kris Newton, MCRN Manager on 0458 626 210.

Applications should be addressed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by close of business Friday 10th June, 2022.  Late applications will not be considered.

Essential Criteria

• Demonstrated background/expertise in grass-roots community communications.

• Demonstrated skill in working as part of a team to achieve shared outcomes.

• Excellent verbal communication skills (including clarity, matching message to target audience).

• Demonstrated expertise in community communications eg

o various social media modalities
o website design and maintenance
o graphic design
o regular newsletters/event flyers
o development of case-studies/story-telling
o vlogs/video story-telling

• Proof of up-to-date COVID vaccinations.

Desirable Criteria

• Demonstrated understanding of Blue Mountains community (shared values, unique villages, geography, history, socio-economic factors, experiences with emergencies, etc.).

• Experience with filming & film editing highly regarded.

• Community event management.

• Ability to work from home if required (NB laptop, mobile, etc supplied).