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We are seeking a new caretaker for The Lea – Applications close 5pm on 31st March 2015.


Position Description & Selection Criteria:

Caretaker – The Lea Scout Centre

The Position

The Caretaker resides at The Lea Scout Centre and undertakes/organises care and maintenance of the buildings and grounds in conjunction with volunteers, receives accommodation bookings and receives and assists guests staying in the Camp and Hobart Bush Cabin Park.


The Lea Scout Centre, 330 Proctors Road, Kingston, 7050.  (Half way between Hobart and Kingston)


  • National Police Check (all adults if a family)
  • Working With Children’s card
  • Current Drivers Licence
  • General Maintenance Skill
  • Computer / EFT Skills

Duties and Responsibilities

Routine tasks to be performed including but not limited to the following;

Clerical duties

  • Depositing of monies as soon as practical to Scouts Tasmania State Office Manager.
  • Attend The Lea Service Crew meetings.
  • The admitting and checking out of groups using the Training Area, including inspecting sites, equipment and facilities for serviceability and cleanliness prior to the group’s departure.
  • The allocation of sites/accommodation or cabins, the issue of keys, the issue of invoices, and the receipt of moneys from all users.


  • The preparation of facilities for all users includes the cleaning of all areas, whether cabins, huts, storm hut or ablution blocks and regular resupply of all consumables (toilet paper, hand towel etc).
  • Co-ordinating gas and fuel purchases, forwarding invoice documentation to The Lea Board of Management.
  • Be responsible for the provision of clean bed linen, towels etc to cabins.  Arrange with service provider to ensure sufficient quantities are available.
  • Washing, drying and ironing of coloured items from Hobart Bush Cabins, Training Ground and Storm Hut such as doona covers, pillow slips and tea towels.

Grounds & Maintenance

  • Working with the Lea Service Crew on gardening and grounds maintenance.
  • Arrange for the provision of all materials and equipment required to enable preventative maintenance.
  • Reporting the need for major maintenance to The Lea Board of Management.
  • Safely perform minor maintenance procedures.
  • Respond to urgent maintenance requirements (such as burst pipes, gas leaks, electrical faults) and take immediate action to obtain the required technical response. (This would include the engagement of contractors for emergencies).
  • The outside aspects of the Lodge will be kept neat and tidy, free of rubbish;


The Caretaker will be responsible and report to The Lea Board of Management through the State Office Manager.

Workplace Assessment

An initial review will be carried out 3 months from commencement and every 6 months thereafter and will take the form of a meeting between the Caretaker and the Chairperson of The Lea Board of Management at which time the Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) listed below will be reviewed.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Does the Caretaker maintain required standards of punctuality, cleanliness and dress code?
  • Have regular inspections of the facilities been undertaken especially when groups leave.
  • Are telephone calls answered promptly?
  • Are all bookings up to date and enquiries followed up promptly?
  • Are maintenance requests followed through?
  • Are emergency maintenance requests promptly attended to?
  • Are tools and supplies maintained at adequate levels?
  • Are requests for information and reports attended to promptly?

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Remuneration Package

The incumbent of the position shall have sole use of “The Lodge” subject to the following conditions;

  • A 3 bedroom house called the Lodge is supplied at a moderate rent;
  • Municipal rates payable to the Kingborough Council, property insurance (building only), telephone  rental and agreed telephone calls and electricity will be paid by The Lea Board of Management;
  • Mobile phone and computer to be supplied;
  • Use of a vehicle for business use only will be supplied;
  • Washing machine and dryer to be supplied.


Relationship Skills

  • High level personal presentation and verbal skills.
  • Well-developed active listening skills.
  • Enthusiasm and passion for satisfying client needs.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Good planning and organisations skills.  In particular the ability to develop good forward planning.
  • The ability to deal effectively with unusual situations in a calm and efficient manner.
  • Ability to create and maintain good customer focus.

Specific Technical skills

  • The ability to assess maintenance requirements and determine appropriate action to facilitate ongoing planned maintenance of facilities and equipment.
  • The ability to assess urgent maintenance requirements (such as burst pipes, gas leaks, electrical faults) and take immediate action to obtain the required technical response. (This would include the engagement of contractors for emergencies).
  • The ability to organise the providing of all materials and equipment required to enable preventative maintenance as well as all consumables (toilet paper, hand towel etc).
  • Medium level of computing skills in Word Processing, Spread sheeting, Electronic communication and EFT machine.

Flexibility & Teamwork

  • The ability to work as a member in a team environment.
  • Willingness to adopt flexible workplace practices to ensure completion of projects on schedule.
  • Willingness to attend and participate in seminars and workshops out of normal working hours is required.

Personal Development

The Caretaker will be a person who is self-motivated and keen to undertake training to update product information, skills and knowledge in the industry.

Please send your Resume with a covering letter answering the Selection Criteria to Jeannette Vogels at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or post to Scouts Tasmania, 330 Proctors Road, Kingston, 7050.

Applications close 5pm on 31st March 2015.



The Lea Information Sheet

Hopefully this information sheet will give more information on the property.  You can also look at websites.  The Lea is www.thelea.com.au and Hobart Bush Cabins at www.hobartbushcabins.com.au

‘The Lea’ is the principal Scout outdoor activity Centre in Southern Tasmania and is administered on behalf of Scouts Australia by The Lea Board of Management.

The property is part of an original grant of 1500 acres (ca 608 hectares) made to William Procter in 1833, in which year it was occupied and named.  Procter had arrived in Hobart Town three years earlier with his wife and six children to take up the position of Comptroller of Customs.

In 1876, following Procter’s death in 1870, the property passed into the hands of Lieut. Col. Ferdinand Fitzroy who promoted, without success, a ‘Village Settlement Association’.  Fitzroy left The Lea in 1899 and the property then passed through the hands of several families, including the Haddons and the Shaws, and was variously divided.

The Scout Association purchased the property, then of 375 acres (151ha), in 1949 for 500 pounds, in pursuance of the ideals of its Founder, viz. for a Youth campsite and Leader training Centre.  The first major development of roads and bridges was undertaken for a Corroboree held at the site in 1953/54.  Further development continued for the next Corroboree in 1962/63. Unfortunately, stores and equipment and all buildings, with the exception of the Cub Bunkhouse, were destroyed in the 1967 bushfires.

When building of the Southern Outlet Road began in the late 1960s, the Government acquired 17 hectares of the property, resulting in the loss of the traditional camping area in the valley of Vincents Rivulet.  Gilwell Drive, 1.6 kilometres long, was then built so that a camping area on the relatively flat land 200 metres above the valley floor could be developed.  The property now comprises 137.3 hectares.

The property was reserved in May 1957 as a private Animal and Bird Sanctuary under Section 6 of the Animals and Birds Protection Act 1928, listed as Statutory Rule No 43, 1957.  It then became a Conservation Area by virtue of the transitional arrangements with the passing of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1970.


Situated 8.3 km from Hobart on the Southern Outlet to Kingston, The Lea is a strip of land about 2 km long and 0.75 km wide, somewhat irregular in shape, with the long axis trending WNW, lying on the west-facing slope between the crest of the Mount Nelson-Bonnet Hill ridge to the east and Vincents Rivulet to the west.

The property consists of 137.3 hectares of bush land and has a resident Ranger. Generally available to the public, it consists of three parts.

1. The Training Ground

The Training Ground consists of dry schlerophyll bushland rising from the Southern Outlet area to the eastern zone boundary, running approximately north-south from the tanks north of Colonels Creek to the southern corner of the property.

This is a cleared area of some 3.1 hectares and has accommodation for up to 90 persons. There are kitchen and dining room facilities, a large hall, an activity room, seminar room, the Tasmanian Scout heritage Centre and Archive, Branch administration offices and detached cabins.

2. The Camping Ground

The Camping Ground is situated at ‘the top’ of the property bounded to the north, east and south by the property boundaries and to the west by the Hobart Regional Water Board Pipeline.

This is a partially cleared area of some 30 hectares, with many good campsites.  It has a recreation hall, sleeping accommodation for 34, a small kitchen and barbecue ‘rotunda’.  Shower and toilet block and a storage building (McDougall Hut) are situated a short distance from the hall and accommodation (Storm Hut).

3. Hobart Bush Cabins

We call it our 'wilderness in the city'.  There are 7 self-contained cabins which are hired out to the general public.  Each cabin can sleep 6 with a queen size bed and 4 bunks.  They each have their own bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, TV and heating.  All linen is supplied.  There is an on-line booking facility.

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