So you’re interested in joining Operation Flinders on an exercise ("exercise" = 12 day program in the Flinders)? Are you sure?
OK then, below is the process you need to complete.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the process or how you can fit in at the Operation Flinders Foundation.
There are two ways to get involved in the Field Work 'Exercises' of the Foundation.
This role is the one most frequently sought and involves walking with a group of young people for 8 days (but away for 10 days).
Assistant Team Leader applicants complete an Application Form, and National Police Check.
They are also required to complete a Psychometric Assessment and attend a short interview.
The interview panel consists of an experienced Team Leader, the Foundation's Honorary Psychologist, the Chief Executive Officer and a General Manager.
The applicant will be advised if he or she has passed the interview and then can nominate to attend an exercise in the Flinders Ranges.
If successful all Assistant Team Leaders are required to undergo a medical check by a Doctor and return a completed Operation Flinders medical report to the Chief Executive Officer prior to attending an exercise.
Operation Flinders requires that field staff have been trained in Child Safe Environments (mandated reporting), Senior First Aid training and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.
Training is provided for staff and volunteers for Child Safe Environment and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention but only the refresher/updates are provided by Operation Flinders for the Senior First Aid.
Please refer to the training section of our website or contact Operation Flinders here to find out about upcoming training events.
The applicant will then attend an initial exercise as a Assistant Team Leader and at the conclusion of the exercise a report will be completed by the Team Leader on the competence of the Assistant Team Leader and make recommendations. The Assistant Team Leader is invited to meet with the Chief Executive Officer to discuss the report. Generally Assistant Team Leaders complete two or three exercises before being considered competent to be able to be promoted to Team Leader.
A number of applicants decide that they do not wish to become a Team Leader and remain an Assistant Team Leader. This is also encouraged as senior Assistant Team Leaders are key personnel particularly in the role of supporting first trip Team Leaders.
Stand and Headquarters Staff. Most Stand and Headquarters roles are specialist roles either requiring specific skills e.g. abseiling instructor certificate, ambulance officer, communications officer etc. Exercise Commanders and Operations Officers (OPSO) are selected from Senior Team Leaders who have completed a number of exercises and who have shown the ability to command the exercise. Exercise Commanders and Operations Officers are selected by the Chief Executive Officer with advice from other senior staff members. Applicants with significant experience in a senior command position may be recruited directly into the OPSO role. The General Hand position at Headquarters is filled by a Volunteer Helper.
Directly recruited stand and headquarters staff are required to complete an Application Form, National Police Check, Medical Declaration and Next of Kin Form. Applicants are also required to complete a Psychometric Assessment along with mandated and first aid training. The applicant will then be interviewed by a panel consisting of an experienced Team Leader, the Foundation’s Honorary Psychologist, and the Chief Executive Officer. If the applicant satisfactorily passes this interview he or she will be invited to attend an exercise in the first instance in the OPSO role and then if considered competent promoted to Exercise Commander.
For more information on the roles of staff can be found on the drop down menu under “The Program”. To discuss the variety of roles available and your suitability for them, please contact Operations Flinders.
General Manager, Programs, People and Culture
Mrs Linda White
Mob: 0417 419 221
Volunteers play a vital role in the success of the Foundation. They are enthusiastic, committed and passionate about the program and bring with them a diverse mix of skills, knowledge and humour.
Operation Flinders has a group of volunteers who attend the Foundation's Port Adelaide Office and Warehouse two days per week to assist with the preparation of stores, vehicles and equipment. The tasks to be done include, cleaning vehicles, delivering and collecting stores, packing rations, servicing vehicles etc. Most attend on a Tuesday and Thursday, however other times are suitable as long as arrangements are made with the Logistic Manager. A number of volunteers also apply to attend the Flinders Ranges to set-up and pull down the camp before each exercise. This requires the volunteer to be away from home for a period of up to 5 days.
During the year the Foundation asks the volunteers to assist with tasks including car parking at functions to raise funds, support at the Operation Flinders Challenge event and various other roles. The Foundation is forever grateful for the generosity and support of our volunteers and hosts a number of small get togethers throughout the year to say thank you.
To register your interest as an Operation Flinders volunteer please contact Operation Flinders via phone or email. You are welcome to email us a short resume to help us find the most suitable role for you.
You are also welcome to apply via the Seek Volunteer Website by clinking on this link
Mr Mark Thomas
Mob: 0427 767 107
Fundraising & Events
Fundraising & Events
If you wish to make a once-off donation to Operation Flinders, you will be automatically receipted, acknowledging your support. Just click Donate Now and you will be redirected to a secure site and can instantly donate to Operation Flinders Foundation. Remember all donations over $2 are tax deductable.
By supporting Operation Flinders you will be helping strengthen our program and ensure that it's benefits will be seen by young people for years to follow.
You don’t need to be involved with one of our events to raise money for the Foundation. Over the years we have had a number of people approach us and offer to raise money and awareness of the Foundation through their own function or event. We are very grateful for the efforts of all of our supporters and hope that we will continue to see many more creative, and often, challenging endeavours in the coming years.
All fundraising, sponsorship and donations made towards Operation Flinders and the events they present can now be processed online via MyCause. MyCause is an online fundraising system whereby more funds can be raised by an individual or organisation more efficiently.
MyCause makes the fundraising process simple and allows the fundraiser to reach more people more quickly and effectively. Just click Build your own fundraising page and you will be redirected.
In August 2007, Bronwyn Cadd and Catherine Schaefer, Paramedics for the SA Ambulance Service embarked on a journey from the Adelaide City centre to Port Lincoln via the ferry to raise funds for Operation Flinders. The total distance walked was 350km over eight days – an average of a marathon a day. Bronwyn and Catherine’s efforts realised an incredible $18,000 for the Foundation – a magnificent achievement.
In May 2007, our very own Jonathon Robran (Development and Regional Chapter Manager) walked the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea to raise funds for Operation Flinders. “I can honestly say the trek was one of the toughest and most challenging, yet greatest and most memorable experiences of my life. It is challenge I would strongly recommend others aspire to achieve” encouraged Jonathon. This project raised an amazing $45,000 for Operation Flinders, providing the funds for three teams of young people to participate in the program.
If you are interested in hosting, participating or supporting an event in support of Operation Flinders, please contact the Events Manager.
Business Development & Event Manager
OPERATION FLINDERS FOUNDATION
PO Box 3396 Port Adelaide, SA 5015
P: 08 8245 2604
When you become a member of the Foundation, you can help us support many more young people and stay informed about the Operation Flinders project. The Foundation relies on the support of the public and corporate donations to do its work and we appreciate your interest.
Please download the membership form, fill it in and return to Debbie Godden at Operation Flinders
Administrator & Finance Manager
OPERATION FLINDERS FOUNDATION
PO Box 3396 Port Adelaide, SA 5015
T: 08 8245 2666 F: 08 8447 3445