Rural Aid is Australia’s most trusted rural charity. We stand with our farmers when they need us most. Rural Aid provides critical support to farmers affected by natural disaster through financial, wellbeing and fodder assistance. Rural Aid’s community programs help create more sustainable communities by building stronger futures for all Australian farmers.

Job TitleCounsellor & Community Representative
LocationInverell (Or within region)
Date29/08/2022

About the role

The Counsellor and Community Representative will offer counselling support to farmers and farming families, while building trust and rapport, listening to their story and exploring how they are coping at present, assessing their safety and those around them.

In this role you will collaboratively identify options for further support and facilitate access to relevant resources and referrals, when required.

You will also represent Rural Aid and its varying number of services to individual clients and community stakeholders. Building a diverse network that facilitates referral processes and further support to registered farmers and farming families. You will have the opportunity to contribute to local community development initiatives and support disaster recovery responses with a focus on farming families.

This is a great opportunity to have a positive impact on the community in which you live.

You will play a key role in supporting positive mental health outcomes for rural Australians.

About you

You will have a degree qualification in Counselling, social work or psychology and must be registered with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)or your relevant professional registering body.

You will have at least 2 years of proven experience as a Registered Counsellor.

You will also understand the following therapeutic approaches: Solution Focused Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy , Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and experience in group facilitation.

You pride yourself on your collaborative and supportive approach with internal clients and stakeholders.

We’d love it if you had some experience working in rural and remote areas, and or experience in the agriculture sector.

This role will allow you to work remotely from home, with a requirement for some regional travel to visit clients, support disaster recovery, community events, delivering group programs and training.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you. Please apply using the ‘Apply Now’ button.

Please note: Rural Aid have a mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a requirement of this role that you can provide evidence of vaccination or exemption.  

You will also be required to undertake a Working with Children check.

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Counsellor & Community Representative
Location: Dubbo & Central NSW
About the role:

  • Offer counselling support to farmers and farming families, while building trust and rapport, listening to their story and exploring how they are coping at present, assessing their safety and those around them.
  • Divide your time between providing counselling on site with rural farmers &
  • Travelling within rural communities, representing Rural Aid at community events, agricultural shows and activities
  • Remote counselling services – (working from home / hybrid).
  • Identify options for further support and facilitate access to relevant resources and referrals, when required.
  • Represent Rural Aid and its full range of services to individual clients and community stakeholders.
  • Building a diverse network that facilitates referral processes and further support to registered farmers and farming families.
  • Contribute to local Community Development initiatives / programs.
  • Support disaster recovery responses with a focus on farming families.

Apply here

To learn more about the making a positive impact for Farmers in rural communities, watch the video.

For more information on any of these roles, reach out to hr@ruralaid.org.au