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Marine Communications Campaigner - Flexible location

Save Our Marine Life

On behalf of the Save Our Marine Life (SOML) campaign, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) invites applications for the newly created position of Marine Communications Campaigner.

This is an excellent opportunity for an individual with strong digital campaigning, media and events skills to play a key part in the campaigns for Australia’s marine protection efforts.

Marine protection campaign

Australia is responsible for the third largest area of ocean on Earth. Our waters span the tropical, temperate and Sub-Antarctic, and we have more unique species than almost any other country in the world. More than 85% of Australians live near the sea, and healthy marine life is central to our lifestyle, our livelihoods and our economy.

However, our marine life faces ever-increasing threats from climate change, industrial fishing practices, pollution and more.

Marine parks play a crucial role in keeping oceans healthy. Australia has a number of gaps in its marine parks network which still need to be addressed, in order for its marine parks network to be effective. Further, Australia’s leadership internationally in this area could help make a difference to the global performance on marine parks. AMCS, The Pew Charitable Trusts and SOML address this with a variety of science-based, community-led campaigns around the nation.

Purpose of the role

Working as part of the national marine campaign team, the Marine Communications Campaigner will make a real difference to protecting Australia’s oceans and marine life, and the benefits they bring to coastal communities.

They will work with the campaign team to coordinate the development and implementation of communications strategies that build support with targeted audiences, stakeholders and decision-makers to meet our specific campaign goals for marine protection. 


Working with the marine protection campaign teams, this position will:

  1. Develop and manage digital communications tools, such as campaign websites, content management systems, social media and implement digital communications plans;
  2. Implement digital communications strategies including supporter communications, acquisition and engagement strategies;
  3. Generate compelling content and the management of its impact across digital platforms;
  4. Develop and produce communications materials (eg: long and short reports, booklets, leaflets etc) and marketing;
  5. Identify news and other media opportunities, pitching in stories, direct and via the campaigners;
  6. Development of relationships with reporters, newsrooms and other influencers;
  7. Provide communication advice, reports on progress and capacity building to members of the campaign teams.
  8.  Develop and implement events or community engagement activities aimed at targeted audiences around Australia, as required.


Salary – $75-85k per annum, depending on experience.

Location – flexible as far as practical – taking into account the need for fairly regular interstate travel. AMCS or Pew offices are available in Perth, Sydney, Darwin, and Brisbane. Should the successful candidate live elsewhere, other arrangements would need to be made – either working from home or sharing an office. 

This is a full-time position (37.5hrs per week). 

Selection criteria

  1. Motivation to achieve great outcomes for ocean conservation and coastal communities.
  2. Experience in advocacy campaigning, communications, media relations, journalism or similar role. Non-profit or charity advocacy campaign experience a significant benefit.
  3. Excellent skills in digital campaigning, including supporter acquisition and management.
  4. Proven ability to generate engaging content for social media and other digital channels. Skills in graphic design, photography, videography desirable but not essential.
  5. Excellent skills in writing for diverse audiences, including for online engagement, news and campaign materials.
  6. A track record of success in working with media, including a proven ability to generate coverage across a range of broadcast and print media including mass market, consumer and online/social media.
  7. Experience in event organising preferable.
  8. A sound understanding of Australia’s political environment at the federal and state levels of government.
  9. Willingness to travel periodically as required.

We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. We actively encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from Culturally & Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQA+ people, a diverse range of genders, people with disability and others who have diverse experiences of our world to apply for this opportunity.

For any questions, contact Fiona Maxwell on fmaxwell@saveourmarinelife.org.au using the subject line: Marine Communications Campaigner - Flexible location enquiry via EthicalJobs or 0450 035 809.

For more information about the campaigns: www.saveourmarinelife.org.au and www.topendcoasts.org.au

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