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Employment at Butterfly

Would you like to work for Australia’s largest not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting people with eating disorders and negative body image?

Take a look at our current employment opportunities and apply today.

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Current Employment Opportunities

Position Vacant:   Counsellor, Butterfly National Helpline 1800 ED HOPE – Sydney

Help make a difference to thousands of lives!

  • Australia’s largest organisation supporting people with eating disorders
  • Client facing role in leading not-for-profit
  • Part time contract position with regular shifts
  • Salary  $57, 800 - $68,000 p/a pro rata depending on experience
  • Surrounded by passionate and supportive colleagues
  • Opportunity to grow and develop skills in digital service delivery

Shifts Currently Vacant

The Butterfly Foundation is looking for people with sound counselling skills and a level of understanding about eating disorders to provide support to Australians living with eating disorders via their National Helpline.  The Butterfly National Helpline 1800 ED HOPE operates Monday to Friday, with three shift times – 7.30am-3.30pm, 10am – 6pm and 1.30pm – 9.30pm.  We are seeking to expand our pool of staff who are available to deliver eating disorders counselling services.  You need to have availability for a minimum of two shifts per week.    

Regular Shifts Currently Vacant

Monday                               10.00am to 6.00pm

Tuesday                               1.30pm to 9.30pm

Wednesday                        1.30pm to 9.30pm

Friday                                    7.30am to 3.30pm

Friday                                    1.30pm to 9.30pm

Guide the trajectory of lives!

The Butterfly Foundation is changing lives and we need people on the ground to help make this happen. With regular shifts available on the Butterfly National Helpline ED HOPE, we are looking for applicants who are experienced as counsellors and who genuinely empathic of other’s needs.   A practiced listener, you will use your clinical knowledge of eating disorders, and your depth of understanding to support people who are experiencing eating disorders and also their carers.

You possess tertiary qualifications in counselling, social work or psychology and have provisional or full registration as a Psychologist or full registration as a Social Worker, Counsellor or Psychotherapist.  Your innate warmth and understanding will be clearly evident on either a phone or online counselling platform and you are motivated to gain the best outcome for your client. But more than this, you care where you work and you want to work somewhere that makes a real difference.

The Butterfly National Helpline 1800 ED HOPE is Australia’s only national telephone and web-based counselling support service for people affected by eating disorders.  The service runs from 8.00am to 9.00pm, Mondays to Fridays, and includes phone, email and web-chat (online) support and counselling, referrals to health professionals, information resources, plus delivery of online support groups and a web-based carer education program.

Through these channels you will rapidly create a safe, supportive and recovery-focused environment for people with eating disorders and their families/carers and friends, in order to empower them to work towards recovery.  We are looking for one or two exceptional persons, to fill shift vacancies, two-three days per week. 

The service is based at Butterfly House in Crows Nest, Sydney. 

Summary of Essential Skills/Knowledge

(Download the Position Description for the FULL Selection Criteria)

  • Qualifications: Minimum - bachelor’s degree in psychology, counselling or social work.
  • Full or Provisional registration as a psychologist; or full registration as social worker; or full registration as a counsellor or psychotherapist with PACFA or ACA. 
  • Direct experience of working with people with an eating disorder or other mental illness in a counselling or support role.
  • A good basic understanding of eating disorders and disordered eating, body image and related issues and of their impact both on the individual experiencing the issue and on their families, friends, partners and other carers.
  • An understanding of other mental health conditions commonly co-morbid with eating disorders (e.g. depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder) and an ability to provide counselling, support and further referrals with respect to these areas.
  • An understanding of the nature of supportive counselling and of the difference between short-term supportive counselling and longer term therapeutic counselling.
  • A commitment to recovery focused practice.

To Apply

To apply, please obtain and read the Position Description and Full Selection Criteria via the Butterfly Foundation website under the current employment opportunities page.

As part of your application, please submit your resume AND a covering letter clearly addressing the  Selection Criteria as listed in section five of the Position Description.  Applications which do not address the Selection Criteria will not be considered.

Applications should be submitted, by email only, to

Applications close at 5:00pm on Monday 6 March 2017 but early applicants are encouraged to apply.


For enquiries about this position, contact Dr Michelle Blanchard at

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