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Renewables Not Gas Network Coordinator

Lock the Gate Alliance Limited

The Role

We are at critical moment in energy debates around the world. The need to leapfrog fossil fuels into the cheaper, less damaging zero emissions technologies is now upon us. Yet in Australia, Governments and the fossil fuel industry are pushing hard to rebrand climate action as a call for new gas projects across vast areas of the continent whilst delaying renewable energy opportunities.

There is a growing threat of new gasfields and fracking projects pushing over regional communities and waterways. Sustained community action and united efforts from farmers and Traditional Owners has managed to protect critical regions for years, yet the push from Governments and industry has never been tougher. This is a crucial point in history to ensure we do not sacrifice land, water and communities to be locked into polluting gas for decades to come and instead seize renewable opportunities as the key to long-term regional economic diversification.

Lock the Gate is seeking an experienced & proactive campaigner to prevent damaging new unconventional gas projects across Australia. The position requires a candidate who is used to working in a fast-paced environment, with broad experience in science communication and research. You are a coalition-builder and facilitator of diverse networks and can use these skills to create coordinated plans and empower action.

The role will be responsible for supporting and coordinating the network of communities and groups challenging unconventional gas across the country. It will bring together diverse allies and engage with experts to ensure the best quality science on the risks of fracking and unconventional gas is available. It will work alongside and report to our National Campaign Coordinators.

The position will also strengthen advocacy for the long-term careers, growth and opportunities from embracing renewable energy and storage in regional Australia and the electrification of industry. This position is central to the success of such efforts in Australia.

The role is for an initial term of 12 months and the location is flexible for the right candidate.

Skills Required:

Essential Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in campaigning and facilitation
  • Ability to develop productive relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Experience in researching energy markets and impacts of gas projects
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Willingness to travel across Australia and flexibility to occasionally work evenings / weekends as needed.

Desirable Skills

  • Recent familiarity with the national energy and gas debate
  • Experience working collaboratively with scientists and researchers
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the media and be a media spokesperson
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of social media tools, websites

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating gas network collaboration across diverse stakeholders and communities
  • Implementation and coordination of the delivery of agreed strategies
  • Coordinating information and advice from energy experts, researchers and scientists
  • Writing clear overviews of the situation, compiling facts and creating action plans
  • Building and maintaining relationships with campaign supporters and allies
  • Providing materials and strategic assistance to local groups and individuals
  • Cultivating working relationships with Government, media and coalition partners
  • Working with the communications team to identify and amplify stories

About Lock the Gate

Lock the Gate Alliance (http://www.lockthegate.org.au) is a national grassroots organisation made up of over 120,000 supporters and more than 450 local groups who are concerned about unsafe coal and gas mining.

Our vision is of healthy, empowered communities that have fair, democratic processes available to them to protect their land and water and deliver sustainable solutions to food and energy needs.

Lock the Gate is an equal opportunity employer. Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Short applications explaining your relevant experience for each component of the role should be made in writing, together with your Resume, to John Russell, by 5.00pm Wednesday 4th March, 2020. Please submit by Email to john@lockthegate.org.au using the subject line: Renewables Not Gas Network Coordinator application via EthicalJobs.

For more information phone John Russell on 0407 632 864 or contact via email at the address shown above.

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