Are you looking for an office with a view?

Do you love the outdoors and it’s healing benefits?

Combine your love of the ocean with helping people, to become part of the Waves of Wellness team.

WOW is currently recruiting:

  • 2 x Sydney WOW Facilitators – NSW

  • 1 x Newcastle WOW Facilitator - NSW

  • 1 x Yamba WOW Facilitator - NSW

  • 1 x Melbourne WOW Facilitator - VIC


Waves of Wellness programs are facilitated by mental health qualified clinicians who are also trained in learn-to-surf instructing. If you’re a mental health clinician and have a passion for surfing and helping people, this role is for you. If you’re not sure if your surfing ability is all there, or if you’re an instructor without the mental health background, apply regardless as we’re also seeking therapists and instructors.


Description of the Role

As a WOW Facilitator, you will provide on the ground support, supervision and facilitation of surfing wellbeing programs at designated program sites. This role will work across a range of WOW therapeutic programs, including youth trauma, PTSD, NDIS, and prevention programs. Initially 2 days per week on a casual program-by-program basis, successful applicants have the opportunity to grow with the organisation and days of work offered.


Duties and Responsibilities

WOWSE facilitators divide their time equally amongst the following program elements.

  • Recruitment of participants

  • Enrolment and intake of participants

  • Program promotion

  • Facilitation of group discussions

  • Supervision of WOWSE volunteers

  • Administrative duties related to day-to-day running of the program

  • Represent WOWSE to existing and new stakeholders

Experience & Qualifications

Essential Criteria:

  • Relevant allied health qualification in Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Psychology, or mental health Nursing, or related fields.

  • Maintaining relevant allied health professional registration

  • Experience working with people who are dealing with mental health issues

  • Knowledge on mental health recovery, strength-based programming, and various aspects of wellness

  • Understanding of Trauma Informed Care framework

  • Knowledge on mental health group facilitation and the management of group dynamics

  • Demonstrated understanding of duty of care responsibilities, confidentiality, risk assessments, and client consent

  • Ability to work in partnership with program participants, volunteers, families, carers and other social and community networks

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team as well as work independently with high level communication and organizational skills

  • Ability to create a fun, positive, non-judgmental, safe space within a group setting with elements of self-disclosure to promote non-invasive openness

  • Knowledge on how mental health can impact skill mastery and behaviours within a group context

  • Understanding how positive relationships, de-stigmatisation of mental health, and physical activity can influence recovery

  • Demonstrated ability to role model positive behaviour as a facilitator

  • Ability to work in beach environment that may include varying weather conditions

  • Ability to carry out manual handling, including lifting surfboards

  • Ability to identify risks and hazards on the beach and in the ocean

  • Confidence in the ocean with various surf conditions

  • Intermediate level of surfing ability

  • Willingness to obtain ASI Level 1 surfing instructor qualification

  • Willingness to undergo Child Protection check and Police check

  • Current unrestricted Australian driver’s license

  • Ability to support and promote the mission and values of the Waves of Wellness Foundation

  • Willingness to travel locally and interstate

Desirable Criteria:

  • Knowledge of community networks and resources in applicable communities

  • Experience with youth dealing with trauma, people experiencing PTSD, people who are receiving NDIS support, individuals who experience mental health challenges, people who experience homeless, people from CaLD backgrounds and people from Indigenous communities

  • Lived experience with mental health challenges and confidence in sharing your personal journey

  • Passion for surfing, the ocean, and the outdoors

  • Surf lifesaving, competitive surfing/swimming experience

  • Experience with volunteer management

  • Risk analysis experience

How to Apply

Please email your curriculum vitae highlighting relevant academic and work experience, and a cover letter (3 pages maximum) to info@foundationwow.org. The Cover letter should address both the essential criteria and desired criteria listed above, while giving us a feel for who you are. Closing date for applications is Sunday September 15th at 11:59pm.

Important notes:

  • Interviews will be carried out on the 25th and 26th of September.

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency details required on submission.

  • If successful, you will be required to complete your surf instructor registration before role commencement.

  • Roles will look to commence as early as October 15th 2019.

  • While we thank all candidates for their interest, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

  • Applications close: Sunday September 15th at 11:59pm.


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