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Campaigner - Nature and Waterways

Conservation Council ACT Region

The Conservation Council ACT Region is seeking an enthusiastic campaigner with experience in policy analysis and development, and a flair for stakeholder engagement. The successful applicant will play a central role undertaking policy work to support our advocacy and campaigns, and develop strong relationships with stakeholders, including member groups, academics, and government. This role primarily focuses on issues of biodiversity, nature and waterways across Canberra and the wider ACT region.

This is a part-time (22.5 hours per week) position until 30 June 2022 (three month probation) with likelihood of extension.

The Conservation Council ACT Region is the peak environment organisation for the Canberra region. We represent community environment organisations as well as the broader environmental interests of all citizens of the ACT. The Conservation Council’s mission is to achieve a healthy environment and a sustainable future for our region.

We campaign for a safe climate, to protect biodiversity in our urban and natural areas, to protect and enhance our waterways, reduce waste, and promote sustainable transport and planning for our city. We work in the ACT and region to influence governments and build widespread support within the community and business to deliver environmental outcomes. We put forward evidence-based solutions and innovative ideas for how we can live sustainably.

At a time when we need to reimagine a better future, we understand that the changes we need will only happen with the collective support of our community.

The Conservation Council is active in a number of campaign areas:

  • Climate Change – a regional, national and global challenge
  • Nature and waterways – protecting our unique ecological communities
  • Transport – connecting people and places using zero emissions transport
  • Waste – working towards a circular economy
  • Planning – for a city that supports people and nature

The Campaigner will:

  • Analyse and develop policy to support advocacy work and campaigns
  • Liaise and manage effective interaction with campaign stakeholders including member groups, academics and key Government and community contacts.
  • Prepare high-level written material including briefings, correspondence, and submissions.
  • Coordinate stakeholder and public events that focus on policy issues.
  • Develop content for campaign materials for use online and at events.

Selection Criteria

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Capacity to get across complex policy quickly.
  • Organisational and project management skills – preferably with experience researching and developing policy in collaboration with stakeholders.
  • Adaptability, flexibility and commitment to work as part of a small team in a changing work environment.
  • High-level computer literacy and capacity to build new skills as technology changes.
  • A passion for building a more sustainable Canberra and for protecting our natural environment in the ACT and region.


  • Tertiary qualification in Environmental Science, Ecology, Conservation Biology or related discipline, and/or relevant experience in biodiversity policy.

To learn more about the Conservation Council ACT Region see www.conservationcouncil.org.au.

The Position Description is attached below.

For further information, please contact Helen Oakey, Executive Director: director@conservationcouncil.org.au using the subject line: Campaigner - Nature and Waterways enquiry via EthicalJobs OR 02 6229 3202.

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