Communications Officer

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 03 Oct 2022

Job no:512684
Work type:full time
Location:Darwin, Crawley
Categories:Community Engagement/Marketing

School of Biological Sciences

NESP Resilient Landscapes Hub

  • Position available in either Perth or Darwin
  • Communicate findings from the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program to make a difference across Australia
  • Full-time, fixed-term appointment for 3 years
  • Base salary range: Level 5/6 $73,982 – $89,477 p.a. (pro rata) plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team

The Resilient Landscapes Hub is one of four research Hubs under the Australian Government’s National Environmental Research Program. The Hub provides research to inform management of Australia’s terrestrial and freshwater habitats to promote resilience, sustainability and productive practices. The Resilient Landscapes Hub delivers applied research to support management of Australia’s terrestrial and freshwater habitats, including a focus on bushfire recovery, feral animals and invasive species impacts, and accessible science to assist land managers develop and maintain resilient, sustainable and productive landscapes. The Hub has a budget of $47 million over 6 years.  The Hub includes researchers from 14 universities, the CSIRO and state government research agencies.

About the opportunity

You will support adoption of knowledge gained by the NESP Resilient Landscapes Hub to improve decision making about the management of Australia’s natural resources. You will develop and coordinate communication products and activities associated with the Hub and to be a key writer of content about Hub research. 

You will also develop and write content for scientific communication materials, including plain language summaries of research findings, brochures, media releases, eNews stories and website content. You will also be responsible for developing video materials and managing the Hub’s website and social media channels. Maintaining contacts with project partners and key media personnel, along with the co-ordination of media activity and media releases, is essential. Other key duties include monitoring and reporting of communication outputs and effectiveness, organising events such as workshops and webinars, liaising with external contractors, and liaising with stakeholders including the Australian Government. 

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate :

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in science, natural resource management, scientific/technical communications, journalism, media, or a similar discipline
  • Substantial relevant experience at an appropriate level
  • Ability to clearly and effectively translate scientific language into targeted communication products such as videos, fact sheets, newsletter stories, and content for online/social media channels
  • Experience in production of videos and other communication products, preferably using Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proficiency in a range of computing skills including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, internet and email
  • Demonstrated experience in content management systems, and in producing web content and maintaining websites. Proficiency in producing content for online/social media channels
  • Experience in engaging with a wide range of stakeholders such as government agencies, industry bodies, Indigenous groups, environment organisations, community groups, research institutions and the media, including through organising workshops and other events
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organisational skills

Note:   Occasional in-state and interstate travel may be required.

           A current C’C class drivers’ licence is required.

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description:   P21 378 POSITION DESCRIPTION [Communications Officer] - Position Number [319876] - Level [6] J.pdf

The content of your Resume and Cover Letter should demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Monday, 3 October 2022

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Jane Thomas at

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details : Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace.  We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution.  We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for child 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity. 

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the individual named in the advertisement. Alternatively, contact the Talent team at with details of your query. To enable a quick response, please include the 6-digit job reference number and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry.

Advertised:19 Sep 2022 W. Australia Standard Time
Applications close:03 Oct 2022 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time

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