[ASC-list] Job - Science Program Coordinator Wilderness Society (TWS) [location negotiable]

Claire Harris claireharris.oz at gmail.com
Tue Oct 4 00:50:43 UTC 2011

TWS is recruiting for a new Science Program Coordinator following the
substantive review of the WildCountry program undertaken by Rupert Quinlan
for The Wilderness Society (TWS) in the first half of this year.

Applications close on Monday 24th of October.

Science Program Coordinator
The Wilderness Society Inc

The Wilderness Society (TWS) is a leading national not-for-profit
conservation organisation dedicated to the protection and restoration of
Australia’s unique nature
and natural processes. TWS was established in 1976 to help save the Franklin
River and has since played an important role in many of Australia’s great
conservation campaigns. Kakadu, the Daintree, SW Tasmanian Wilderness, the
forests of Eastern and Western Australia and the wilderness of Antarctica
are among the many places TWS has helped protect.

In recent years we have successfully campaigned for new laws to control land
clearing, protect wild rivers and create marine parks and have worked
collaboratively with Traditional Owners on a number of Indigenous
Conservation strategies. TWS campaigns are underpinned by ecological science
and an understanding of the connected ecological processes at the regional
and continental scales. Current TWS campaigns include protecting the
Kimberley from industrialisation, securing the future of Tasmania’s tall
forests, creating a network of large marine sanctuaries around Australia and
achieving World Heritage recognition of Cape York Peninsula.

TWS Organisational Purpose
Protecting, promoting and restoring wilderness and natural processes across
Australia for the survival and ongoing evolution of life on Earth.
TWS Organisational Values
1) Passion for our purpose (courage, strength of conviction, determination)
2) The power of people to make change
3) Organisational independence and integrity
4) Compassion (valuing and supporting people, respecting and having
integrity in dealing with others)
5) Commitment to success in protecting the environment (winning immediate
campaigns and achieving long term change)
TWS is an equal opportunity employer that places great importance on
principles of nonviolence and consensus decision making.

Job Title Science Program Coordinator
Employer The Wilderness Society Inc, 57E Brisbane St, Hobart, Tasmania
Location Negotiable
Salary Salary Band 6.1. $72,000 per annum subject plus 9% superannuation
Contract Fixed term 2 year contract with a 6 month probation period
Hours 37.5 hours per week

The Position
TWS has been developing a science-based, continent-wide approach to
conservation planning and policy that we call ‘WildCountry’. It involves
both protecting the best
of what is left of Australia’s natural environment, and restoring important
areas, focusing on maintaining ecological processes and connections on land
and in the marine environment.

WildCountry is the name given to the terrestrial and marine conservation
science, policy and planning that underpins our conservation work and
campaigns, It includes
strategies to incorporate conservation and biological sciences and
Indigenous ecological knowledge. The role of the Science Program Coordinator
is to lead the organisation’s
development of the scientific case for the protection of nature and wild
places in Australia, and to ensure the effective understanding and knowledge
transfer of this
scientific work to support all the program areas of TWS.

The position is part of TWS National Campaign Team and the successful
candidate will work collaboratively with the other members of this team.
Key functions
○ Maintain an overview of nature conservation science and policy in
Australia, and internationally
○ Lead the development of the TWS Science Program and be an external
advocate/spokesperson for it
○ Provide supporting science to TWS campaigns
○ Lead an internal communication and education program to ensure
understanding and application of WildCountry science

Key Responsibilities
○ Maintain an overview of nature conservation policy and science
○ Keep up to date with the leading edge of nature conservation research and
policy development across Australia and inform TWS of these developments and
any opportunities they present.
○ Oversee the development of WC science policy on matters related to
ecological processes, e.g. climate adaptation; landscape scale conservation
planning; management of native species in situations of overabundance etc.
○ Stay informed of national policy settings such as the Environmental
Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act, the National Reserve System,
National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas, Indigenous
Protected Areas, carbon farming and Wildlife Corridors Plan, and ensure the
influence of WildCountry science principles in these areas to maximise the
effectiveness of TWS campaigns.
○ Scan for new scientific trends and emerging opportunities and threats to
nature and ecological processes.

Lead the development of the TWS Science Program
○ Build and maintain strong relationships with key scientists active in the
fields of ecology, conservation planning [and related social sciences]
relevant to the delivery of WildCountry internally and externally.
○ Facilitate the involvement of scientists in support of TWS campaigns and
project work. This may take the form of foundational research, review
science or science support wherein scientists engage in public advocacy.
○ Oversee the preparation of a continent-wide assessment of conservation
priorities consistent with TWS purpose.
○ Remain abreast of current and emerging ecology, conservation planning and
Indigenous knowledge systems.
○ Develop, oversee delivery of and review an annual WildCountry scientific
research agenda to support TWS work. This research agenda might be delivered
through research students, institutions and/or consultancies subject to
available resources.

Provide supporting science to TWS campaigns
○ Work with each campaign team to identify key scientific analysis needed
for campaign success and develop a plan to deliver on these needs subject to
available resources.
○ Assist in the development and delivery of scientific research in support
of the TWSA Campaign Plan.
○ Be a TWS spokesperson (external) to build awareness about WC science
conservation program.
○ Oversee the implementation and review of the WC Small Grants Program.
○ Work collaboratively with fundraising to maximise funding opportunities
particularly through grants and foundations.
○ Work closely and cooperatively with the Landscape and Conservation Science

Working Group (subject to any restructure).
○ Work in close association with the TWS National Indigenous Conservation
Program to ensure integration of WC science with Indigenous interests.

Lead an internal communication and education program to promote WildCountry
○ Work with the communications team to develop a communication program for
all staff, volunteers and TWS members about WC science
○ Undertake a rolling program to deliver the internal component of this
communication program to staff, volunteers (and project partners where
relevant) across TWS Australia
○ Provide regular reports to TWS Australia on the science program
○ Provide nature conservation science and policy advice to campaign teams,
communications, fundraising staff as required
○ conduct workshops and training sessions in WildCountry science and its
application to campaigns

Selection Criteria
○ Commitment to and alignment with the Wilderness Society’s purpose and
○ Enjoyment in working as part of a team environment
○ Excellent understanding of ecological science and its application across
the bioregions of Australia
○ Strong science communication skills
○ Some campaign and media experience
○ A good understanding of the developing field of Indigenous conservation
management and Indigenous ecological knowledge, rights and opportunities
○ Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse ’stakeholders’ to
develop and implement organisational programs
○ Capability to travel, primarily interstate, for short periods of time when
○ Experience working with Indigenous people in developing shared ecological
knowledge is desirable
○ Sense of humour, patience and determination are recommended.

○ Postgraduate degree in any of ecological sciences, environmental
management, conservation planning, science communications or related

○ Reports directly to the National Campaign Director

Working relationships
○ Operates as a member of the National Campaign Team
○ Works with the National Indigenous Conservation Program on Indigenous
knowledge collaborations
○Works closely with Campaign Centre Staff across Australia and the
Communications Team

Contact for more information
A letter of application including a resume and responses to the selection
criteria should be sent to hr at wilderness.org.au (attention: Leigh Craven,
Human Resources) by cob Monday 24th of October 2011. Please contact Lyndon
Schneiders if you require any further information on 0451 633 200 or
lyndon.schneiders at wilderness.org.au
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