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Urannah Dam Campaigner - Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday Region

Mackay Conservation Group
  • Temporary position (with three month probation) contracted for 12 months with possibility of extension.
  • Part-time: 9 days (67.5 hours) per fortnight
  • Mackay Environment Centre, 156 Wood St, Mackay Qld 4740
  • Salary: $2789.10 per fortnight ($41.32 per hour) (
  • SCHADS award, Level 4 Paypoint 3

Mackay Conservation Group is looking for an experienced person to help build our Urannah Dam campaign. Your role will be to organise community opposition to the plan to dam the Urannah & Massey Creeks in Central Queensland. We need someone with voluntary or paid experience in campaigning who can help us inform the public about the proposal and organise effective opposition.

About Mackay Conservation Group

Mackay Conservation Group was established in 1984 and is the lead environmental organisation in the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday region. We have campaigned for protection of woodlands, rainforests, oceans and our rivers for more than 35 years. In 2022 we will be working on two campaigns: preventing pollution caused by burning coal and maintaining and restoring the rivers that flow to the Great Barrier Reef.

Mackay Conservation Group is located a beautiful part of the world. The Great Barrier Reef is to our east and the tropical rainforests of Eungella to our west. The Whitsunday Islands are in the northern part of our region. If built, the Urannah Dam will destroy the most pristine watercourses in Central Queensland and will push significant species towards extinction.

About You

You must have experience in campaign work, either as a volunteer or paid staff member. You must have the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and identify their passions, skills and abilities to ensure that they can effectively contribute to the campaign.

The Job

As a community organiser, you will work alongside other campaign staff based at the Mackay Environment Centre. You will be assisted in this role by the Mackay Conservation Group Coordinator.

Your responsibilities will be to:

  • train and motivate campaign volunteers
  • reliably and consistently record data
  • engage in written and oral communication with members, supporters and the general public, face-to-face and through various print and electronic media
  • develop engaging social media material
  • write media releases and reports
  • maintain relevant parts of our website and social media platforms
  • organise campaign related events
  • contribute to and provide feedback on campaign strategy

Selection Criteria



  • Drivers licence


  • Training in community/industrial organising



  • Experience living in Mackay or other rural and regional communities
  • Experience in identifying, recruiting and training volunteers
  • Demonstrated history of involvement in community organisations


  • Demonstrated experience in campaigning



  • Excellent oral and written communication including the ability to produce:
    • Social media posts
    • Mass emails
    • Media releases
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated leadership skills


  • Demonstrated experience in use of databases or CRM software such as Nationbuilder
  • Demonstrated experience producing content for a website
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve conflict and find solutions to problems
  • Understanding of strategic campaign planning

For more information about this role contact Peter McCallum on 0402 966 560 or email peter@conservation.org.au using the subject line: Urannah Dam Campaigner - Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday Region enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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