Community Support Officer


Community Environment Network


Ourimbah, NSW

Salary etc:

Casual position - 18 hours / week

Duration: Approx 6 months (till end of Dec, 2020), with possibility of extension

Remuneration: $31-$34 /hr, (depending on skills and experience), plus superannuation

Location: Central Coast local government area, Ourimbah-based

Supervision: The position is under the direction of CEN’s CEO.

The Community Environment Network (CEN) is an alliance of individuals, community and environmental organisations that work for ecologically sustainable development and against threats to it. CEN is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation and is not aligned with any political party.

CEN’s activities include advocacy, education, community engagement, delivering on-ground works, supporting member organisations and monitoring the environment. (See Aims and Objectives below).

We currently require a Community Support Officer to assist in responding to key issues and advocacy on matters that contribute to achieving ecologically sustainable development.

The position will work with our CEO and Executive members, volunteers and experts to craft CEN’s response and position on relevant matters, prepare submissions and implement strategies to raise awareness and build support for change.


The position will work under the direction of the CEO to craft and coordinate CEN’s response on issues relevant to the objectives of the organisation. This may include activities as follows:

  • Monitor and review information related to environmental issues including, but not limited to, planning matters, government strategies and proposals
  • Prepare briefings on issues for the CEO and other key parties
  • Engage with relevant stakeholders to develop a CEN position in response to issues
  • Coordinate submissions and activities to engage CEN’s members, stakeholders and the wider community
  • Undertake local media engagement for current issues or campaigns, including acting as a spokesperson when appropriate.
  • Build CEN’s supporter base through community engagement on key issues and campaigns
  • Undertake general campaign activities as required to support the aims and objectives of CEN, including drafting e-bulletins and social media posts
  • General administration as related to the position

Selection Criteria Essential:

  1. Commitment to the aims and objectives of CEN (see below)
  2. Demonstrated experience working on a campaign related to an environmental or planning issue
  3. Good understanding of the Central Coast environment and local issues related to environmental management, local and regional planning
  4. Understanding of local, State and Federal politics and decision making processes
  5. Ability to read complex documents in order to summarise and communicate key messages to the community
  6. Understanding of the media landscape (including social media) and demonstrated ability to engage with the media, including preparation of media releases
  7. Tertiary qualifications in Science, Education, Natural Resource Management or related field.
  8. Communication skills: excellent written and oral communication skills across a variety of media and ability to speak confidently in front of groups and to motivate people to act.
  9. High level of self motivation, organisational skills and capacity to work unsupervised.
  10. Flexibility to work some weekends / evenings.
  11. Current drivers licence: own car with comprehensive insurance 

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