The role

This traineeship is a fantastic opportunity for a smart, ambitious, go-getter to work for Australia's premier climate communications outfit and learn skills across communications, digital engagement and research. The successful candidate will be hard-working, passionate about tackling climate change and excited about learning how to communicating complex issues in a fast moving, contested environment. The successful candidate will be at the very start of their career having recently finished a tertiary qualification.

This unique opportunity will allow the graduate to receive a strong grounding in critical skills to be an effective communicator, researcher and campaigner. Key experience and skills you will develop include research, effective written communications, strategic thinking, crisis communications, media strategy and social media strategy.

This exciting position will allow the successful candidate to develop new skills through three rotations between different teams (Research, Media and Digital), while simultaneously contributing to the Climate Council’s ongoing success.

Activities will include:

- Research and writing reports

- Developing and writing media releases

- Media pitching

- Curating social media graphics

- Writing web articles and blogs

- Conducting audience analysis and engagement strategies

- Data analysis and community insight reporting

The position is a one year contract commencing in January 2018 located in Melbourne. At the end of the traineeship program there may be an opportunities for further employment.

Key Criteria, Skills and Eligibility

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Motivated, ambitious and committed to growth and learning.
  • A long-term commitment to work in the climate change space.
  • You're a team player – always willing to get things done.
  • Excellent results in your tertiary degree.

You must have the right to live and work (for the contract period) in this location to apply for this job.


The successful candidate will receive:

  • $50,000 remuneration package for a full time role, including superannuation on a one year contract.
  • Structured professional development and mentoring opportunities throughout the year.


To apply or for more information , please submit your resume, a cover letter and your tertiary degree transcript to [email protected] noting in subject line: Application for Traineeship role.

Your cover letter should also include answers to the following questions:

1. Why are you applying for this role? (answer in less than 100 words)

2. What are your professional goals for the next 2-3 years? (answer in less than 100 words)

3. Explain the link between extreme weather and climate change (answer in less than 200 words)

4. Why does addressing Climate Change matter to you? (answer in less than 250 words)