Senior Associate, Protecting Australias Nature


Pew Charitable Trusts


Brisbane, Queensland

Salary etc:

$81,000 - $90,000 p.a. Full-time.



The Environment Portfolio

For many decades Pew has been a major force in engaging the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences, and solutions to some of the world's most pressing environmental challenges. Our environment work spans all seven continents with more than 250 professionals working at the local, national, and international levels to reduce the scope and severity of global environmental problems, such as the erosion of large natural ecosystems that contain a great part of the world's remaining biodiversity, and the destruction of the marine environment. Pew's global environmental program focuses on science-based, nonpartisan, and sustainable solutions to help protect the planet and people. We work in partnership with governments, Indigenous rights holders, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, local stakeholders, scientists, and the broader community to advance public policy and on-ground outcomes so that nature and communities can thrive.

Since 1990, Pew has worked in North America, South America and Australia to protect large and critically important terrestrial ecosystems, including rivers and other freshwater resources, coastal temperate rainforests, interior mountain ranges, the northern boreal forests, Australia's Outback, and Chilean Patagonia. We work to ensure these natural systems remain bountiful, functioning, and resilient, providing essential ecological services such as clean air and clean water, sustenance and food security for local communities and more broadly for the welfare of current and future generations. Our work relies on the sciences of conservation, sociology, biology, and economics to advocate for practical and durable solutions to the loss of biodiversity and effective outreach to the general public, stakeholders and decision makers.

In the sea, reforms to how our oceans are managed are essential to address overfishing, pollution, and loss of habitat. Starting in 2005, Pew's ocean conservation program expanded around the world and played a significant role in reforming marine fisheries management in the European Union and on the high seas and creating large scale marine reserves around the world. Our work is grounded in the best available science and pursues domestic and international conservation measures that are long-term and provide permanent, durable protections for marine ecosystems. We also work to address systemic threats to the ocean, including from plastics, over-and-illegal fishing, seabed mining, and climate change.

Protecting Australia's Nature

Australia is the only nation on Earth that also spans a continent. As a result of its isolation over many millions of years, Australia is one of 17 nations in the world to be considered "megadiverse" because of its exceptional biodiversity. In 2007, Pew began its conservation work in Australia, and as our program matured, we formed partnerships with First Nations communities and local conservation partners to advance place-based protection. Pew is a results-oriented organization. Our work with partners and stakeholders has led to the declaration of the world's largest network of marine parks, the doubling of Outback land protected in Australia's National Reserve System and securing of more than $1 billion in funding for Indigenous land management. While efforts have expanded Australia's terrestrial and marine protected areas, the ecological health of Australia's landscapes is threatened by a range of pressures, including invasive species, habitat loss, overfishing, water extraction, and climate change. Australia's key environmental indicators continue to decline, including the conservation status of threatened and endemic species. Recently, Pew's Protecting Australia's Nature team and our partners have expanded our goals to encompass a continental focus, aiming to extend protection to critical terrestrial, marine, and freshwater systems by drawing on a robust network of influence both federally and in the states where we campaign.

Position Overview

This is an exciting and skilled roll which supports Pew's Queensland nature conservation campaigns to expand the terrestrial protected areas estate and protect the Channel Country rivers. Reporting to Pew's Queensland Manager and working closely with the Queensland campaign team, the senior associate will build significant power for Pew's Queensland campaigns by establishing prominent public campaign presence and awareness through targeted communications and campaign support.

Working closely with the Community Campaigner the role also will support the growth of a large, activated supporter base. Collaborating with a range of environment groups and a diverse array of stakeholders will also be a key focus. As time permits, the senior associate will also contribute to Pew's national protected areas campaign.

This position is based in Brisbane, Queensland and will participate in Pew's core in-office days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with flexibility to work from home the remainder of each week. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the country for which they are seeking employment without visa sponsorship.

Salary Range : $81,000-$90,000 AUD depending on experience.


  • Foster a work environment that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible and in line with Pew and the project's related goals.
  • Lead the development and delivery of digital campaign and communications strategies for the Queensland campaign in line with campaign objectives.
  • In collaboration with the campaign team, identify and develop relationships with Indigenous, conservation, and policymaking communities to advance the goals of the project.
  • Develop and maintain dynamic campaign relationships with partner and aligned organizations in support of expanding Queensland's protected areas.
  • Contribute to the development and regular review of campaign strategy.
  • Work collaboratively with Pew's Queensland and national protected areas campaign teams.
  • Participate in activities that support program and Pew-wide objectives.


  • Experienced in delivering successful digital campaigns as part of a larger suite of advocacy tools.
  • Skilled at informing and influencing external (and internal) audiences through high quality written and oral communication methods.
  • Can work effectively with colleagues and leverage a variety of technical communications systems to advance complex projects to successful completion with measurable results.
  • Is strongly focused on achieving campaign outcomes.
  • Is committed to and skilled in applying a non-partisan, evidence-based approach to campaigns that require support across the political spectrum.
  • Has excellent applied research and analytical skills, including synthesizing large sets of information and identifying key themes.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
  • Four years of applicable experience.
  • A driver's license.

Key attributes and preferred experience:

  • Easily develops and manages productive and collaborative relationships.
  • Experienced in delivering a variety of products which communicate and support campaign outcomes.
  • Is comfortable with and has experience of campaigns to make positive change for people and nature.
  • Experience developing and maintaining relationships with Indigenous communities and conservation groups.


This position requires some domestic travel mainly in Queensland, and occasional national and international travel for work purposes.

The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.



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