Job posted on: 25 March, 2020

  • Employer: Climate Council
  • Work Type/s: Parental leave replacement – 12 month contract
  • Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP) and Local government

Read more about this role here.

About the Climate Council

The Climate Council is Australia’s leading climate change communications organisation. We provide authoritative, expert advice to the public on climate change, energy and climate solutions and international action. We’re made up of world class climate scientists, energy, health and policy experts, as well as a dedicated team of staff and a huge community who support our work. As an independent, authoritative voice on climate change, we get climate stories into the media, produce hard-hitting reports, call out misinformation and support Australia’s shift to an economy powered by renewables.

The Role

The Climate Council of Australia is seeking a talented, motivated and experienced Researcher with climate science expertise and willingness to work across all climate issues, including the costs of climate change, climate adaptation, solutions and international action.

The Researcher’s primary purpose will be supporting the Climate Council’s research team including managing projects by producing high quality internal and external publications and climate change advice.

The Researcher will be working with Australia’s premier team of climate scientists, energy and health experts, business and policy specialists. The Climate Council’s research team is prolific having produced over 110 publications in six years. The team’s work is very high profile and high impact with research completed reaching millions of Australians through traditional and social media, as well as an international audience.

If you are passionate about making a difference, want to grow your skills and experience, including the opportunity to develop or advance your science communication skills, and work with a team of leading experts, this role is for you.

You will work with a small team based in Sydney or Melbourne, as well as a high performing team across Australia. The Researcher will report directly to the Head of Research and will commence her/his role from April 2020.

Key selection citeria

Research skills

You have demonstrated experience in:

  • Identifying and analysing relevant, accurate information and data, conducting literature reviews, and summarising key themes and concepts.
  • Translating research or information into factual, engaging content accessible to a general audience.
  • Staying up to date with relevant scientific, technical and policy developments.
  • Working quickly and efficiently to a high standard and have the ability to handle high pressure situations.
  • Managing and coordinating scientific and technical reviews.

Written and verbal communication skills

You are an excellent writer with a flair for communicating complex issues in clear, plain English. You are confident writing for a range of purposes given that this role includes writing reports, fact sheets, web articles, social media, speeches, submissions, as well as providing verbal briefings and presentations.

You can present your ideas clearly and accurately. The Researcher works closely with our media and community teams, CEO and Councillors, providing advice, as well as preparing information for Climate Council supporters and the public.

Initiative and resourcefulness

You are a proactive problem solver with a record for identifying challenges and finding opportunities. You are comfortable with taking ownership of work and following through with tasks without being asked.

Passion and drive

You are a high performer with a passion to succeed in everything you do. You are driven and looking for the next step-up in your career to grow and learn.

You are passionate about making a difference and care about the big issues in our society.


You have a tertiary degree (ideally a masters and/or a phd) in a climate change-related field or, alternatively, demonstrated experience, particularly working across all climate issues (science, impacts, adaptation, the costs and solutions).

Highly regarded

Specific climate science knowledge or experience and a strong interest in climate solutions and international climate action.

Rewards and benefits

The Climate Council is Australia’s leading climate change communications organisation. This exciting and dynamic organisation will continue to be in the public eye, giving those involved an unrivalled opportunity to contribute to the public discourse on climate change.

With exposure to some of the leading minds tackling climate change, this role is a unique opportunity.

Salary: $70,000-$80,000+super (dependent on experience).

Additional benefits include:

  • Excellent learning and development opportunities both internally and externally
  • Programs for time off in lieu and flexible working arrangements
  • Strong work culture which is results focused but also vibrant, supportive, fun and nimble

How to apply

Please click here and submit a copy of your CV (less than 3 pages) and explain in less than 200 words in the email why you would be perfect for this role.

As part of the recruitment process, short-listed candidates are invited to complete a short, written task to test your research and writing skills. Successful candidates will then be invited to an interview.

Please note that early applications are encouraged.

Read more about the role here.

The Climate Council is an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.