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Researcher

Climate Council

About Climate Council

The Climate Council is Australia’s leading climate change communications organisation. We provide authoritative, expert advice to the Australian public and key decision-makers on climate change and solutions based on the most up-to-date science available. The Climate Council was founded in 2013 by thousands of Australians to create a new, independent and 100% community-funded organisation in response to the abolition of the Australian Climate Commission.

Our Vision, Mission and Values

Our vision is that by 2025 Australia’s emissions are on a steep downward trajectory with projects and policies in place to see us cut emissions by 75% by 2030 and net zero by 2035. This represents a transformation in action and attitude from all levels of government, industry, business and community. It also fundamentally improves Australia's contribution to the global climate challenge, while unlocking benefits/potential of the new economy, and protecting lives, well-being and the natural environment.

Our mission is to be a courageous catalyst propelling Australia towards bold, effective action to have emissions plummet during the 2020s and hit net zero by 2035.

Our values:

  • We are brave and bold
  • We are hopeful and solutions focused
  • We act with integrity and communicate honestly

About the Role

The Researcher works collaboratively with the Research and Campaigns teams to undertake research on climate science, impacts and solutions. They contribute to the development of high-quality, accessible internal and external publications that support the Climate Council’s strategy and priority program areas. The Researcher also works closely with the Media, Campaigns and Community teams – as well as our Councillors – to fact check content for public and stakeholder release, and provide accurate persuasive advice. This is a unique opportunity for the right person to join Australia’s premier team of climate solutions experts, climate scientists, health and climate security experts, economists and policy specialists.

The Researcher reports to the Head of Research.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of the Researcher include:

  • As part of a team, produce high-quality, high-impact publications on a range of subjects in climate science, impacts and solutions.
  • Support other teams in the organisation, including the Media, Campaigns and Community teams, to maintain the Climate Council’s well-earned reputation for providing frank, fearless, scientifically-robust climate information to the key stakeholders and the general public. This includes regular fact checking of materials and may include participating in media interviews.
  • Undertake reviews of relevant literature, summarising key themes and concepts, including identifying key risks and translating this research into factual engaging content for a general audience.
  • Manage technical and scientific reviews of reports with relevant external experts to ensure a high level of integrity is embedded in our reports.
  • In collaboration with the Campaigns team, develop policy recommendations for decision-makers arising from research.
  • Stay up-to-date with relevant scientific, technical, policy and political developments.
  • Contribute positively to building the Climate Council culture and mission.

About You

You are a driven and knowledgeable person with passion for building climate literacy in the community. A keen and articulate communicator, you show initiative and integrity within team settings to deliver high-impact research outputs. You are passionate about making a difference and want to grow your skills and experience by working with a team of leading experts in the field.

Experience and skills

  • A minimum of three years’ of demonstrated experience in research in climate science, impacts and/or solutions.
  • Confidence in writing for a range of purposes and audiences including by producing reports, fact sheets, web articles, social media, speeches, submissions, as well as providing verbal briefings and presentations.
  • Experience developing recommendations for climate policy. An existing network of relationships within the science and policy communities will be highly regarded.
  • Knowledge across a range of climate solutions - including energy, transport, clean industries and the new economy - will be highly regarded.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to distil complex issues for a lay audience
  • Proven ability to work to tight deadlines
  • You enjoy working as part of a team but can also be autonomous. You are proactive in seeking advice from colleagues when required
  • Ability to adapt and respond positively in circumstances where priorities need to shift quickly
  • You are driven and looking for the next step-up in your career to grow and learn

Qualifications

  • A tertiary degree in a relevant field is required.
  • Masters-level tertiary qualifications or higher will be highly regarded.

Remuneration and Benefits

This exciting and dynamic organisation will continue to be in the public eye, giving those involved an unrivalled opportunity to contribute to the public discourse on climate change. With exposure to some of the leading minds tackling climate change, this role is a unique opportunity to advance your career.

  • Annual salary $75K - $80K + super
  • 12-month contract
  • Sydney or Melbourne location
  • Assuming Sydney or Melbourne, split of working from home/working from our offices in either Sydney Surry Hills or Melbourne CBD.

Additional Benefits

  • Excellent learning and development opportunities
  • A strong work culture which is results focused but also supportive and nimble
  • A dynamic organisation and experienced team

How to Apply

The Climate Council is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, personal appearance, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, or political affiliation.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are strongly encouraged to apply for all advertised positions.

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter of no more than two pages, outlining how you meet the criteria above

If you have any questions regarding the position please email us at jobs@climatecouncil.org.au, using the subject line: Researcher enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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