Jobs - 11 October 2022

Position: National Biodiversity Campaign & Policy Adviser

  • Join one of Australia's largest independent environmental advocacy organisations
  • 2 year contract - Full time with remote work options
  • Located in Canberra (Ngunnawal Country)
  • Flexibility in location & hours for the ideal candidate


The Wilderness Society is an independent environmental advocacy organisation supported by a growing community of over 40,000 engaged supporters. The work we do leverages our strong base to build a mass movement for climate action and nature conservation in Australia. Since 1976, we've stood at the forefront of the country's most historic campaigns, including the Franklin River, Fraser Island, Tasmanian Forests, Great Australian Bight, James Price Point in the Kimberley and numerous World Heritage Areas.

Our shared organisational purpose is to protect, promote and restore wilderness and natural processes across Australia for the survival and ongoing evolution of life on Earth. We identify powerful pathways for the community to exert pressure on governments and corporations to deliver change for land, water and seascape systems across the continent. We commit to establishing and strengthening dialogue with Traditional Owners for all aspects of our campaigns.


The National Biodiversity Campaign & Policy Adviser is part of a dedicated and highly collaborative team focused on the long term protection, promotion and restoration of nature and wilderness -the National Campaign team. This role is responsible for contributing to policy development and delivery of the national biodiversity and conservation law reform campaign, which is embedded in the Wilderness Society’s Organisational Campaign Plan (OCP).
In concert with the National Campaign Director and other campaign and organising team members, the role will be leading on engaging with government, non-government conservation organisations and industry stakeholders, in regards to national biodiversity and conservation law reform.

Whilst the focus of this role is leading on biodiversity and conservation law reform within Australia, the role also delivers strategic interventions and other continental campaigns, including the Community Rights in Environmental Decision Making Campaign. This is achieved through collaboration across diverse communities and environmental groups, applying expert political and media experience into a campaign, media liaison, public communications, scientific interrogation and political and policy engagement and advocacy.
This position undertakes a high level of collaboration across diverse communities and environmental groups which includes being the lead contact for TWS within the Places You Love campaign alliance.

The National Biodiversity Campaign & Policy Adviser will at times be required to work with campaign and organising team members to build power in the community at key moments to support national biodiversity and conservation law reform. The successful candidate will work cooperatively and collaboratively across Membership & Fundraising, Communications & Business Operations and with staff from other TWS entities.


You are driven to protect wilderness and nature. Have an affinity for good public policy for biodiversity, the environment and you’re a bit of a political animal.
Willing to be in Canberra to advocate for wildlife and ecosystems, you thrive as part of a hard-working team that’s focussed on protecting some of this continent’s most iconic and precious places—like the Kimberley, Lake Eyre Basin, and Tassie’s forests.

You enjoy communicating with stakeholders, prize collegiate relationships, and can take calculated risks in the context of our strategy to get the outcomes nature needs.

An inclusive and representative workplace is necessary to increase our reach to all Australians. We recognise the value of and strongly support Equal Employment Opportunities in the workplace and encourage people from all diverse backgrounds to apply.


You'll have the opportunity to make a real difference by being part of one of the oldest and most successful independent environmental groups in Australia. The Wilderness Society offers generous conditions and a supportive environment that helps employees to balance their personal and work life.

    • Genuine flexibility in working hours, including remote working
    • 5 weeks of annual leave per year plus an additional 3 days off over the end of year
    • 15 days of personal leave a year
    • Paid Parental Leave
    • Employee Assistance Program, a free and confidential counselling service

    Please note that applicants must have the right to live and work in Australia to be considered for the role.


Please view the full Position Description attached and email your application with a cover letter that addresses the following selection criteria to Nicole Piperides at

Question 1:
In under a page, provide a detailed example of your previous success planning, leading and implementing a campaign(s) in Australia or elsewhere. What were the key strategic interventions in this campaign to make it successful?

Question 2:
What skills and experience (e.g. in campaigning, internal and external communications, political or business advocacy, stakeholder engagement or community organising) would you bring to the role?

Closing date is COB on 25 November