Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

Work with Connecting Country – Director role

Posted on 23 November, 2022 by Ivan

We are sad to announce that our wonderful Connecting Country Director, Frances Howe, will be moving on from the role in early 2023.  Frances has been Connecting Country’s Director since 2017 and has been a brilliant leader of the team, especially during this period of funding uncertainty and COVID-19 restrictions.

To read our thank you post highlighting why Frances has made a great contribution to Connecting Country over the past five years –  click here

In light of Frances’s departure in early 2023, we are advertising for a new Director to join us at Connecting Country in Castlemaine.


This is an exciting opportunity for a person with experience in community-driven landscape restoration or natural resource management to work in an established and successful community organisation. The successful candidate can expect to be challenged by a role that requires a good practical understanding of on-ground conservation, from planning and development through to implementation, monitoring and evaluation. We seek someone with the ability to manage a small, dedicated staff team, and to work closely with volunteers, landholders and others in our community.

Our ideal candidate will bring a strong appreciation of the valuable role of community-driven landscape restoration, and the drive and initiative to mobilise people and attract resources to further our work.

This Director role is both a leadership and management role responsible for all aspects of the organisation’s day to day operations. The position reports to the Committee of Management.


Connecting Country is a community organisation working to restore landscapes across the Mount Alexander region of central Victoria. Since 2007 we have worked with over 200 landholders and community groups to rehabilitate more than 10,000 hectares of habitat for local plants and animals. Connecting Country takes a grassroots approach to land and biodiversity management. We engage the community, reconnect habitat, monitor biodiversity and make decisions based on robust science. We work closely with local Landcare groups, landholders, Traditional Owners, government agencies and other organisations to achieve our aims.

Since beginning in 2017 Connecting Country has helped protect and restore more than 10,000 hectares of land across the Mount Alexander region (photo by Gen Kay)


  • Strong commitment to community-driven landscape restoration and a good understanding of the opportunities and challenges involved in managing an uncertain funding environment.
  • Experience in delivering natural resource management or environmental projects.
  • Capacity to develop and cultivate good relationships with funders, government agencies, volunteers, our Committee of Management, landholders and others in our community.
  • Experience in managing staff, budgets, and all aspects of projects.

For further information contact Frances Howe via email ( or phone (0493 362 394).

To view the position description, application details and key selection criteria – click here

Applications close Thursday 15 December 2022.

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