Protected Areas Campaign Manager

Queensland has the lowest proportion of land in National Parks and other protected areas (8.26%) of any state or territory in Australia, well short of the international target of 17 per cent. In recent years, expansion of our protected area system has been minimal, and management is chronically underfunded.

This year the state government has begun implementing the Protected Area Strategy, and in 2022 it will make crucial decisions about the design and funding of Queensland’s protected areas system.

QCC’s Protected Areas Campaign Manager will lead a targeted campaign to win support for an increase in protected areas and funding for their expansion. This will involve persuading decision makers from all sides of politics, as well as mobilising public support through media, digital communications and public outreach activities.

This is a chance to help win protection for some of Queensland’s most precious and threatened natural places and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

Location: Brisbane

Hours: Full time (negotiable down to 4 days a week). Flexibility in working outside standard office hours will occasionally be required

Employer: Queensland Conservation Council Incorporated

Responsible to: QCC Director

Term of employment: Twelve month contract, with option to extend upon achieving necessary fundraising/grant outcomes

Remuneration: $84,430- $92,250 per annum full time salary, plus 10% superannuation and 17.5% holiday leave loading (SCHADS Award Level 5.1- 6.1)

Applications via Ethical jobs

Applications must be received by 5pm, Friday 3 December, 2021 and must include :

1. A letter of no more than three pages outlining your relevant skills and experience.

2. A copy of your curriculum vitae, including contact details for two referees.

The Role:


  • Develop and implement campaign plans in line with QCC’s Strategic Plan.

  • Coordinate with the Supporter Engagement Officer, and other staff and volunteers as they relate to the successful implementation of the campaign plan.

  • Lead and manage protected area campaign fundraising, finances and budget processes.

  • Ensure grants are appropriately acquitted.


  • Lead QCC’s protected areas advocacy in close liaison with the Director

  • Support QCC’s member groups involvement in the campaign and implement tactics in their local area

  • Work with with QCC’s allies and partners to coordinate campaign activities


  • Produce a set of digital & hard-copy promotional materials

  • Plan and implement an awareness raising program using social media and digital advertising

  • Generate positive media coverage for the campaign

  • Manage relevant online content across QCC’s website and social media platforms.


Work with the QCC’s supporter engagement officer to increase the number of QCC supporters active on this issue through:

  • the timely and effective use of various online action tools.

  • engagement in key activities identified in the Campaign Plan including citizen science and event initiatives.

  • coordinated constituency meetings with MPs


  • Engage directly with State Government decision makers to advocate for increased investment in, and expansion of protected areas

  • Make the case for a greatly increased protected areas budget, to relevant government officials and members of parliament

  • Bring in local stakeholders to Brisbane, to brief officials and members of parliament, including Indigenous landholders and tourism officials, who would benefit from parks.

  • Meet with Members of Parliament from both parties to advocate for long term policy commitments.


Work with QCC’s Supporter Engagement Officer, Director and Manager to support and coordinate community campaigns to prevent the loss and degradation of terrestrial and marine habitats, particularly in World Heritage Areas

Selection Criteria

  1. Experience: At least three years experience delivering environmental campaigns that have helped to achieve real world change

  2. Strategy: Demonstrated experience developing campaign strategies and tactics to achieve results, focused on both government decision makers and movement building.

  3. Drive: Demonstrated energy and enthusiasm to drive a campaign, inspire and sustain action, and to stay abreast of and interpret the highly contested media and political environment that pertains to nature policy

  4. Knowledge: Knowledge of the environmental movement and current conservation issues, as well as conservation principles and the policy settings necessary to achieve them. Knowledge of Queensland’s environment and the specific policy settings a strong preference.

  5. Relationships: You either hold, or have the ability to quickly acquire, relationships with key stakeholders within the public service, conservation movement and other key stakeholders, including traditional owners, NRM groups, and other land use sector leadership.

  6. Communication Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, including experience drafting advocacy reports, grant proposals, and conducting media interviews.

  7. Management: Experience managing campaigns, gathering and reporting campaign outcomes, managing staff and volunteers and contributing to the management of an advocacy and campaign organisation

  8. Commitment: Demonstrated commitment to protecting our climate and natural environment