Reclaim Kosci campaigners

Position: Two positions: Reclaim Kosci campaigners
Reports to: CEO, Invasive Species Council
Hours: 4-5 days per week
Basis: Part time/Full time
Location: One in Canberra, one in Sydney
Duration: Five-month role starting ASAP, extension possible
Salary range: Wage on application

The Reclaim Kosci campaign

Are you passionate about conservation and protecting our natural environment? Do you have strong experience in delivering high profile campaigns and political lobbying?

The fragile sub-alpine and alpine environment of Kosciuszko National Park is under threat from the hard hooves of thousands of horses. NSW is the only state that has legislated the protection of an introduced species in a national park, despite the mountain of scientific evidence that documents the destruction caused by feral horses to riparian zones, streams, native vegetation and wildlife habitats. We invite you to join a dynamic team that is determined to see the government implement a plan that effectively and humanely manages feral horses in Kosciuszko national park.

The Invasive Species Council is now recruiting two experienced campaigners. Visit reclaimkosci.org.au for an overview of campaign progress and activities thus far.

About the role

The two campaigners will work together with other campaign team members to coordinate, lead and deliver the Reclaim Kosci campaign.

The roles will have a strong focus on lobbying, stakeholder engagement and media activities. The campaigners will inspire, engage and mobilise new audiences and existing supporters to make progress on addressing the impacts of feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park. The core focus of each campaigner will be negotiated dependent on the strengths demonstrated by the candidate.

The campaigners will work closely with other campaign staff. Direction will be provided by the Reclaim Kosci campaign steering committee.

Key responsibilities

Core responsibilities of the campaigner will include:

  • Implement the campaign in accordance with the campaign strategy.
  • Undertake high level political lobbying.
  • Develop high-level networks and relationships with relevant stakeholders.
  • Actively seek and represent Reclaim Kosci in media opportunities.
  • Coordinate project teams working to assist the campaign goals.
  • Help generate engaging and regular content for diverse audiences.
  • Fundraising for the campaign.

Selection criteria

Essential

  • Extensive experience in political lobbying.
  • Excellent communication skills suitable for communicating through media, social media and other channels. This includes actively representing organisations in the media, engaging social media and managing media relationships.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills (including influencing, negotiating, networking) with a proven ability to inspire and motivate people and stakeholders to action.
  • Demonstrated project management expertise with a context of coordinating diverse activities within tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a decentralised organisation with limited supervision.
  • Willingness to travel as required.

Desirable

  • Established land manager and media networks in NSW, ACT and the Kosciuszko National Park region.
  • Understanding of national park management, vertebrate pest management and environmental conservation.
  • Successful track record coordinating advocacy campaigns in a variety of sectors.
  • Experience in using Microsoft Office suite, website content managers such as WordPress, email marketing programs such as Mailchimp or civiCRM.
  • Current drivers licence and access to vehicle.

For more information, please contact Candice Bartlett via the Reclaim Kosci contact form.

Location

One campaigner will be based in Canberra, the second in Sydney.

Applications

Please send your resume along with a detailed description of how you meet each of the selection criteria to alisonchan@invasives.org.au, using the subject line: Reclaim Kosci campaigner application.

Applications must be received by 9pm, Monday 1 June 2020.

About Reclaim Kosci

Reclaim Kosci is a broad coalition of organisations and people determined to protect and restore Kosciuszko National Park from the impacts of feral horses. It was formed in response to the passage of NSW legislation in June 2018 protecting feral horses in the national park.

Reclaim Kosci seeks:

  • To raise awareness about the impacts of feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Repeal of the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018.
  • A substantial reduction in the feral horse population in Kosciuszko National Park through humane and effective means.

Kosciuszko National Park is for all Australians. It must be protected from feral horses and the damage restored. Reclaim Kosci aims to do just that!

To learn more visit the Reclaim Kosci website.

About the Invasive Species Council

The Invasive Species Council is a non-government organisation that seeks better laws and policies to protect the Australian environment from weeds, feral animals, insects, pathogens and other invasive species. Formed in 2002, we were the first environment group in the world to focus solely on invasive species.

The organisation’s focus is on prevention and early action. Our primary objective is to achieve improvements to state and federal laws, policies, institutions and activities to systematically lower the risk of new invasive species establishing in Australia.

Feral horses are an important emerging vertebrate pest in Australia that, if not contained and their extent and numbers reduced, will impact large areas of Australia.