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Forests Campaigner / Campaign Manager

Queensland Conservation Council
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The Role

We are seeking an experienced campaigner to drive the next phase of our campaign to end permanently the rampant clearing of native trees and wildlife habitat across Queensland.

More than 680,800 hectares of forest and woodlands were cleared in the most recent Statewide Landcover and Trees Study, including 180K of remnant forest and 80k of Koala habitat. We need a forest campaigner to spearhead our campaign for new laws.

We have a bold vision for Qld, that by 2030:

  1. approximately 100m ha of natural forest and woodland is appropriately managed, regulated, and restored to protect biodiversity and carbon stocks
  2. hundreds of millions of tons of land carbon are abated and sequestered through active intervention that reduces deforestation, land clearing, and native forest logging
  3. 100% of QLD’s beef is deforestation-free.

As the campaigner you will play a key role on our campaigns team by: leading our work to expose the problem of the land clearing and habitat loss; identifying and removing the political barriers to stronger laws to protect nature; scrutinising the laws and land-clearing approvals to challenge the worst and most immediate destruction; and mobilising state-wide and regional support of farmers, scientists, wildlife carers and the general community for stronger nature protections.

Location: SEQ preferred - remote working possible for the right candidate.

Hours: Full time (negotiable down to 3 days a week). Flexibility in working outside standard office hours will occasionally be required

Responsible to: QCC Deputy Director

Term of employment: Twelve month contract, with option to extend upon achieving necessary fundraising/grant outcomes

Remuneration: $84,430- $92,250 per annum full time salary, plus 10% superannuation and 17.5% holiday leave loading (SCHADS Award Level 5.1- 6.1)

The Organisation

Queensland Conservation Council is the state’s peak non-government environment group. Our mission is to protect our natural environment and climate and make Queensland communities more sustainable.

We achieve our goals by advocating to the government, engaging with the community and informing through the media. We apply the latest scientific research to develop policies. We monitor progress and rate the performance of governments, their programs, and companies, holding them accountable to their commitments to the environment.

Incorporated in 1969, we are a non-profit community organisation with no political affiliations.

We have a membership of almost 60 environment groups throughout Queensland, who we consult and coordinate with. We’re growing, with 12 staff, and an ambitious plan to grow the Environment movement in Queensland.

The Forest Campaigners major areas of responsibility will be:

Program management

  • Develop and implement the Forests campaign plan in line with QCC’s Strategic Plan.
  • Coordinate with the Deputy Director, other staff and volunteers as they relate to the successful implementation of the Forests campaign plan.
  • Ensure grants are appropriately acquitted.

Campaign coordination

  • Work with with the Qld Forests Alliance allies and partners to coordinate campaign activities
  • Lead QCC’s advocacy on Landclearing, the Vegetation Management Act and the Forests campaign in close liaison with the Director
  • Support QCC’s member groups involvement in the campaign and implement tactics in their local area

Raising public awareness

  • Commission or produce a set of digital & hard-copy promotional materials
  • Plan and implement an awareness raising program using social media and digital advertising
  • Generate positive media coverage for the campaign
  • Manage relevant online content across QCC’s website and social media platforms.

Mobilising active public support

Work with the QCC Digital Coordinator to increase the number of QCC supporters active on this issue through:

  • the timely and effective use of various online action tools.
  • engagement in key activities identified in the Campaign Plan
  • coordinated constituency meetings with MPs

Influencing decision makers

  • Engage directly with State Government decision makers to advocate for stronger regulation and better coordinated incentives to end out of control tree clearing of Queensland forests and woodlands.
  • Meet with Members of Parliament from both parties to advocate for long term policy commitments.

Selection criteria

  1. Experience: At least two years experience delivering environmental campaigns that have helped to achieve real world change
  2. Strategy: Demonstrated experience developing campaign strategies and tactics to achieve results, focused on both government decision makers and movement building.
  3. Drive: Demonstrated energy and enthusiasm to drive a campaign, inspire and sustain action, and to stay abreast of and interpret the highly contested media and political environment that pertains to nature policy
  4. Knowledge: Knowledge of the conservation movement, and the ecological and climate benefits of native forests. Knowledge of forests or landclearing campaigns a significant benefit
  5. Relationships: You either hold, or have the ability to quickly acquire, relationships with key stakeholders within the public service, conservation movement and other key stakeholders, including traditional owners, NRM groups, and other land use sector leadership.
  6. Communication Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, including experience drafting advocacy reports, grant proposals, and conducting media interviews.
  7. Management: Experience managing campaigns, gathering and reporting campaign outcomes, managing staff and volunteers and contributing to the management of an advocacy and campaign organisation
  8. Commitment: Demonstrated commitment to protecting our climate and natural environment.

A position description is attached.

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