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National Parks Association of Queensland Inc


Annual Budget: $75,001-$250,000
Number of Paid Staff: 1 - 3
Number of Volunteers: 21-100
Community Segment: Environment

Current Board Size: 8-12
Board Meetings (frequency): Monthly
Board Meetings Held: At Night
State where Board Meetings Held: Queensland
Local Government Area: Brisbane City Council

Any further information about this vacancy:

Join the NPAQ Council

The National Parks Association of Queensland Inc. (NPAQ) promotes the preservation,

expansion and good management of national parks in Queensland.
NPAQ is an incorporated Association under the Associations Incorporation Act (Qld) 1981. It is
managed through: a Council and an Executive (President, Vice-President, Honorary Secretary
and Honorary Treasurer) and supported by two part-time staff and several Committees.
National Parks Association of Queensland is inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) in joining the
NPAQ Council from persons who would like to make a practical contribution to nature
conservation, and who have useful skills and experience. The Association has a collegiate and
successful council and there are opportunities to make a difference.

As a member of the Council, you will be directly involved in:

  • Delivering on the organisation’s purpose – promoting the preservation, expansion and
    good management of protected areas in Queensland
  • Strengthening the Association
  • Overseeing the implementation of the strategic plan; and
  • Overseeing the financial and operational affairs of NPAQ.

The positions are honorary.

Nomination forms should be submitted to the Secretary by close of business Friday 25 January 2019.

NPAQ Council position description

Your duties as a Council member will include:

  1. To regularly attend and actively participate in Councilmeetings, possible Executive meetings and the work of the Association.

  2. To advance the Association’s purpose and act in its best interests.

  3. To review strategy and contribute to annual operation plans through constructive planning.

  4. To apply financial and accounting literacy to the preparation of annual budgets and review

    of finances.

  5. To maintain general familiarity with the legal responsibilities of a Council member.

  6. To apply good interpersonal skills, including working as part of a group, to communicate

    personal points of view frankly and tactfully, and to listen to and respect other points of


  7. To apply any special skills or experience that you bring to the position, including:

  • natural sciences or natural resource management
  • fundraising / marketing
  • environmental policy, planning or law
  • advocacy or campaign experience
  • board or management experience
  • volunteer or community engagement
  • indigenous or multicultural affairs
  • Federal, State or local government
  • business, finance or accounting
  • media, communications or publishing
  • nature-based recreation or education
  • rural or non-metropolitan background

Essential requirements

  1. You must be a member of the Association or prepared to become a member.
  2. Some existing or past connection with nature conservation.

Desirable qualities

  1. Previous experience in the not for profit sector.

  2. Suitable skills, experience and motivation to undertake duties(see above).

  3. Skill sets in the areas of marketing, communications, fundraising, government engagement

    or governance are particularly desirable.

  4. Candidates will add to the compositional diversity of the Council in skills, experience, age,

    gender, cultural or regional background.

Attendance at meetings

Council meetings are held once per month, generally on the third Monday of the month, except for January. The Executive meets twice per month, generally the second and last Tuesday of each month (there is a break over Christmas and New Year).

Attendance is in person at the NPAQ offices at Milton, or via Skype depending on the practicality. Between meetings, interaction occurs through various committees and by email.

The various committees meet at times convenient to the committee members.

Term of position

These appointments are being made by Council under Rule 17 to fill casual vacancies until the next Annual General Meeting in September 2019. Appointees are then eligible for election in accordance with the Rules of NPAQ.


  1. Lodge your EOI via email to the Secretary by due date - close of business Friday 25 January 2019.
  2. You will be contacted by 1 February to arrange a suitable time to meet with some of the current Council members.

Further enquiries

Please contact President, Graeme Bartrimpresident@npaq.org.auor Secretary, Debra Marwedel secretary@npaq.org.au.



Role: General Board Member
Area of Expertise Being Sought: Advocacy, Business, Fundraising, Government Relations, Investment, Marketing & Communications
Targeting: Not supplied
Payment: Nil - honorary role

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