Currently, we are not accepting further applications for the positions described below.

 


ParaBoss job vacancies

ParaBoss is hiring—casual, part-time, contract jobs

You might have the skills we need! Especially if you live/work on a farm.

ParaBoss is seeking reliable, effective people who can work part-time, unsupervised, to do current, ongoing and future contract jobs that vary from hours to weeks, working from your own computer and office with flexible hours.

  • all require good computer skills, reliable internet access and are desk jobs (there is no field work)
  • some require good knowledge and experience with sheep/cattle
  • all require you to have good spelling and grammar
  • some require very good writing skills
  • some will favour teaching experience

Applications:

Be thorough, but as brief as you can; bullet points are good. I have no time for lengthy applications.
Please provide:

  1. Name, address, contact details.
  2. Which jobs you are interested in.
  3. An indication of your availability (e.g. how many hours per week on average) you might be available and any large blocks of time you might be unavailable (e.g. school holidays or busy farm times, please specify).
  4. Short CV of your relevant qualifications and experience. You may include links to any web pages you have written, proofed, edited etc.
  5. Describe briefly how you meet the essential and desirable criteria.
  6. Additional material if specified for the particular job.

Regarding availability: I would rather have more people than needed to call upon as required, however, about half a day per week, in a block or spread through the week, would be the minimum for practical purposes, and for the right people we’ll try to work around unavailable times.

Applications should be emailed to Deborah Maxwell, admin@paraboss.com.au.
If you have not received acknowledgement after one business day that your email has been received, please contact by phone or text: 0437 524 163.

Each of the jobs is presented below.

ParaBoss may also have other jobs of a similar nature to those described above, in future.


 


Question writing

Prepare online questions for ParaBoss Parasite Management Advisor Accreditation.

Essential criteria:

  • Good experience writing questions for exams/tests (e.g. you have teaching/lecturing experience that has involved setting and marking tests; all our questions are online so will be a variety of “online, self-marking” questions, not with open-ended text-based answers).
  • Great writing/spelling/grammar.
  • Knowledge of sheep farming systems, so you have the context in which our content sits (i.e. you have done plenty of work on a sheep property and understand all the activities and jargon that are involved in running sheep in moderate to high rainfall areas, including treating for worms, flies and lice.)

Desirable criteria

  • Experience using Moodle or some other online teaching/testing platform is desirable, but not essential.
  • Parasite management technical knowledge is not essential because we will provide the specific content on which the questions must be based.

You would look at the content and write a variety of self-markable questions (multiple choice, true/false, drag the correct answer to a blank space in the text, match the images, etc,) that would assess knowledge of that content.
To see examples of our content, go here, here and here.

Particularly suits an ex- or part-time teacher or lecturer, who has plenty of experience working on a sheep property.

Timeline: Completion by 15 December 2018.

Time involved: varies. Each module requires about 20 to 30 questions written and questions are estimated to take 3 to 15 minutes to write. A variety of questions will be required (i.e. you can’t just write the easy-to-prepare true/false questions. They must be written so they are completely understandable and that there is only one right answer.

Payment: $13 + GST per question prepared.

Work will be allocated in module (topic) blocks. As there are quite a few modules these can be allocated to a number of people depending on their time availability, with each module estimated at being between 2 and 4 hours of work.

Only one module will initially be allocated and continued work will be based on those being of high quality and meeting our brief.

Applcations should include:

Demonstrate your ability by writing 4 questions (with answers) that would be able to be used in an online test, using the following content:

For this content, please write 4 questions and answers that assess the key concept of the content provided:

  • True/False.
  • Multiple Choice.
  • “Drag and Drop the correct text” question (i.e. write a sentence of text with a few missing words, and provide a list of words below (more than just the right ones) where the reader chooses correct answers and drops them into the blank spaces.
  • Calculation based question.

CONTENT on which to base above questions:

What % difference would you expect to see between the average WEC tests for the progeny of sire group A and sire group B in the example shown below?

  • Two rams (A and B) were mated separately to 50 ewes each.
  • Ram A has a WEC ASBV of –30 and Ram B has a WEC ASBV of +50.
  • All of the ewes had WEC ASBVs of 0 (zero).
  • All ewes were managed equally and progeny were run together.
  • At 8 months old the progeny were individually WEC tested and the average WEC was calculated for each sire group.

The average worm egg count of Ram A’s progeny were about 40% lower than the average WEC of Ram B’s progeny.

The difference between the rams themselves is 80%, but because the progeny gain only half of their genes from their sire and the other half comes from their dam, only half the difference between the rams is expected in this case (as the ewes were all equal).

In simple terms, Ram A is likely to have 80% less worm eggs himself at any time than Ram B if they were managed and run together. As only half of his genes are passed on, only half (on average) of the additional level of resistance is passed on; in this case, 40%.

If Ram A’s progeny averaged about 1000 epg, then Ram B’s progeny will be about 40% higher: about 1400 epg.



Proof reading

Proof read new web pages for sheep or cattle parasite management, or other documents.

Essential criteria

  • Knowledge of sheep and/or cattle farming systems is essential to provide context (i.e. you have worked on a cattle property and understand all the activities that are involved in running cattle including treating for parasites such as ticks, buffalo fly, worms, and lice).
  • Excellent writing/spelling/grammar skills.
  • Substantial proof reading experience.

Would suit someone with professional writing, editing, proof reading experience, but who also has plenty of experience working on a cattle property.

Timeline: Occasional work. Currently nothing yet available, but I would like to have some interested people at the ready for any upcoming work.

Time involved: varies.

Payment: $15 + GST per 1000 words.



Loading web content

Copy material from Word documents into a web site content management system.

Essential criteria

  • Good general computer skills, including use of MS Word.
  • Experience preparing Word documents including formatting and use of styles.
  • Good internet access.
  • Very good attention to detail and methodical.

Desirable criteria

  • Some experience loading web content would be useful, but not essential, as the system is reasonably straightforward and will be explained.

Timeline: A few hundred pages expected to be uploaded in early 2019.

Time involved: 50–100 hours.  A couple of suitable people would be ideal to do this task.

Payment: $30 + GST per hour.



ParaBoss Facebook posts and Quick Quiz questions

a) Facebook posts

Prepare regular Facebook posts for the ParaBoss sheep Facebook page and the ParaBoss Goat Facebook page.

  • 4 posts per week, prepared 5 weeks in advance.
  • Using the ParaBoss websites as the content source, prepare the text, select a linked ParaBoss web page and select an image (from the ParaBoss collection) for each post.
  • Ensure that posts are pertinent/relevant for the time of year.
  • Be mindful of previous posts and not repeating similar content verbatim.
  • Record posts into an archive spreadsheet.
  • Post the content onto Facebook.

b) Quick Quiz questions

Prepare 4 Quick Quiz questions per month to go in ParaBoss News.

  • Choose 4 topics, relevant to the time of year (one each on worm, flystrike, lice and goat worm management).
  • Prepare the question and the answer.
  • Choose one or two relevant images (from the ParaBoss collection) to go with them.
  • Provide them in a set format with links to our newsletter editor by the 18th of each month.

Essential criteria

  • Teaching/lecturing/extension experience.
  • Sound understanding of sheep parasites.
  • Knowledge of sheep farming systems, so you have the context in which our content sits (i.e. you have done plenty of work on a sheep property and understand all the activities and jargon that are involved in running sheep in moderate to high rainfall areas, including treating for worms, flies and lice).
  • Good writing/spelling/grammar.

Timeline: This is an ongoing task every month.

Time involved: About 5 hours per month. 

Payment: $300 + GST per month (18 facebook posts plus 4 Quick Quiz questions).



Technical article writing

Prepare technical articles on Parasite Management

Essential criteria

  • Strong knowledge of Australian sheep and/or cattle farming systems is essential to provide context (i.e. you have worked on a cattle property and understand all the activities that are involved in running cattle including treating for parasites such as ticks, buffalo fly, worms, and lice).
  • Good spelling/grammar.
  • Very good ability to write for an industry audience.
  • Expert technical knowledge in a sheep or cattle parasite management field.

Timeline: Occasional work. Currently nothing yet available, but I would like to have some interested people at the ready for any upcoming work.

Time involved: varies.

Payment: $500–$1000 per article depending on length and complexity.