NT Community & Remote Organisers
Right across the Northern Territory, young people and communities are getting ready for another huge year of action to protect country and build pathways for strong, resilient and sustainable communities.
With the August NT election on our horizon and some big opportunities to bring people together on issues affecting our communities, we are on the lookout for young Indigenous people based in the Northern Territory to join our team! Read on for more info on what this could include and how to express your interest in applying.
Aboriginal people make up the majority of the population across the NT, which shows that our voices and our issues matter. It is time Aboriginal people and remote voter’s voices were really heard, because we have the power to make sure the issues that matter to Aboriginal communities are front and centre at election time.
- We are currently seeking expressions of interest for a range of paid and volunteer positions for young mob to be a part of building the power of Aboriginal people and communities across the NT to stand up and have a say on issues that affect them this election and beyond.
- Together as a team we will have hundreds of conversations, host heaps of community events and create lots of powerful content and resources to raise awareness, educate and empower our mob in communities across the NT, particularly in places affected by the causes and impacts of climate change and fracking.
What you’ll do and what you can expect:
- Every day will be different and the young mob and communities we work with are incredible - together you’ll support them to be their best selves in our fight to protect country, whilst also gaining your own skills, experience and confidence
- You’ll either work with your own community or other communities which will include travelling large distances across the NT and driving on paved and dirt roads
- With support, training and resources, you’ll have what you need to have conversations with community explaining information on fracking, climate change, enrolling to vote and where politicians stand on issues affecting us. We have lots of videos, pictures and guides to help
- You’ll help organise events and activities in community which includes working with relevant community people, helping with the logistics such as arranging venues, food catering, set up and pack up, as well as promoting the events to ensure people know what’s happening and have transport to attend
- You’ll have lots of fun coming up with creative and powerful ways that young mob and community can ensure our issues are heard by politicians and candidates which could include peaceful protests, hosting or attending events such as candidates forums and sharing stories through media and social media
- You’ll be available in the lead up to and on the day of the NT election (August 22) to ensure that Aboriginal people know how to have their voices heard, have support to enrol to vote and have access to voting booths
- We’re a small team and all pitch in to get our jobs done, so you could also work on other projects when needed and depending on your skills, experience and willingness to learn, you can try out new things or use your expertise in different areas eg. taking photos and video footage, conducting interviews and capturing stories on country and in community
You would be great to apply if:
- You are an Indigenous person living in the NT between the ages of 18-35 years old
- Your are passionate about protecting country and your values align with Seed’s values
- You are concerned about climate change and passionate about educating our people about it
- You are passionate about working within your community or other remote Aboriginal communities
- You love talking with countrymen, listening to and raising awareness about our concerns, ideas and vision for strong, healthy community and country
- You are up for road trips and can help out with driving on dirt and bitumen roads (ideally you have your full license)
- You are proactive and willing to help out where needed, whether that be cooking, unloading, driving, hanging out with kids or making connections with people
- You have a valid OCHRE card (working with children check) or are willing to obtain one
- You are happy to camp in swags and tents on occasion when accommodation is not available (camping equipment can be provided)
Who Seed is and what do we do?
Seed is a national network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people standing up to protect country against the causes and impacts of climate change. Right now we are working with First Nations communities in the Northern Territory who are fighting the threat of fracking on their country. Fracking is a new risky form of gas mining that threatens underground water systems, air quality, community health, sacred sites and contributes massively to climate change. Find more about fracking in this video here.
2020 is going to be a massive year for Seed, as we continue to work in solidarity with Aboriginal communities and Traditional Owners who for years have been standing strong for country. This year we will ramp on pressure on Origin Energy to drop their fracking plans and get ready to show our politicians that they must act on the concerns of remote Aboriginal communities if they want to be taken seriously in the Territory election
Many Aboriginal voters have been locked out from having their say in both Territory and federal elections. Polling booths are only in certain communities for short periods, and sometimes don’t show up at all. Many people do not have access to transport or information to register to vote or turn up to the voting booths on the day. That’s why this NT election, we are building the power of Aboriginal people and communities across the NT to stand up and have a say on issues that affect them this election and beyond.
For years we have been working with Aboriginal communities, in particular young people, in the regions most affected by fracking, climate change and in places with majority Aboriginal population. On top of this, we will continue building up young mob to take action in Alice Springs, Darwin and beyond.
Some of the communities we will work with could include but are not restricted to: Elliott, Tennant Creek, Ali Curung, Alpurrurulam, Ampilatwatja, Arlparra, Borroloola, Minyerri, Barunga, Beswick, Bulman, Gapuwiyak, Jilkminggan, Mataranka, Ngukurr, Numbulwar, Nhulunbuy, Galiwinku, Yirrkala, Kalkarindji, Yeundumu, Dawin, Alice Springs and Katherine
Desirable (non-essential) attributes:
- You have family connections to one or more of the remote communities listed
- You have experience driving on dirt roads
- You have experience working, living or communicating in remote communities
- You have speaking abilities in an Indigenous language, Kriol or Plain English
- You have skills in capturing quality photos, videos and sound
- Are good at working with technology such as iPads, DSLR cameras, projectors and sound systems
- You have experience working with children and you have a valid OCHRE card
Seed is a youth organisation. If you don’t have one or more of these skills, still put in your interest! We are keen to work with young people to build these skills.
What you will get out of it:
- Being a part of Seed’s national network of First Nations young people fighting for justice for our communities and country
- Building strong connections across remote communities in the Northern Territory
- Build your communications and multicultural skills
- Learn from some of the most knowledgeable First Nations leaders and elders in the Territory
- There will be time to stop over and visit spectacular country along the way
- Food, accomodation and transport will be completely covered for you
- Get the opportunity to take leadership within your community if you are from one of the listed communities