position available - Nanotechnology campaigner

Are you a science nerd who cares about the environment and is committed to social justice? Then this could be the job for you!

Friends of the Earth Australia (FoEA) is seeking a new campaigner to join our Nanotechnology Project team. The Project has existed since 2005 and is recognised internationally for its quality policy work, research and leadership in advocacy for public interest management of nanotechnology. 

The Project's aim is to achieve precautionary management of nanotechnology’s environment, health, social and economic risks and challenges, and to ensure that public participation guides nanotechnology decision making. 

We are seeking someone with a keen interest in the politics of science and technology. The successful applicant need not necessarily have experience working on nanotechnology issues, but must have demonstrated experience working on technology issues more generally (e.g. genetic engineering, renewable energy etc.). 

This position is focussed on expanding the public and media profile of nanotechnology issues and generating greater political pressure for action to address nanotechnology’s public interest challenges. A further goal of the position is to create new opportunities for growth of the Nanotechnology Project team. Work plans will be agreed with the campaign co-ordinator and other members of the Project, however, the campaigner will be expected to exercise a high degree of leadership, initiative and independent judgement in the week-to-week implementation of the work plan.

Ideally the position will be based in Melbourne or Hobart (negotiable)

Key duties and responsibilities:

  1. Work with the campaign coordinator, members of the FoEA Nanotechnology Project and other FoEA staff and volunteers, to meet the objectives identified in the annual Strategic Plan, and to achieve outcomes and complete tasks identified in personal work plans;
  2. Contribute to public campaigns around identified nanotechnology products, issues or companies;
  3. Write opinion pieces, contribute website content and make public comment as required;
  4. Build and maintain relationships within the FoEA network and with other Australian allies, represent the Nanotechnology Project at public events;
  5. Create opportunities for new people to get involved in the Nanotechnology Project, including through managing and supporting volunteers. 
  6. Contribute to policy, research and report writing undertaken by the Project; and
  7. Participate in an annual strategic planning process, with quarterly reviews, and produce progress reports as required.


The campaigner will report directly to the Nanotechnology Project co-ordinator. Key issues of policy and campaign strategy will be developed collaboratively with other members of the Project. 


The Nanotechnology Project campaigner position is for four days a week (negotiable) for a period of twelve months, subject to satisfactory completion of a performance review at three months. 

Please note that the Project is currently funded on an annual basis. In the unlikely event that funding is not secured for the coming financial year this contract may be terminated early by the employer, with four weeks’ notice and pay. This position is a key feature in the Project's strategic plan, and subject to the availability of funds the intent is to continue the position beyond the first year. 


The Nanotechnology Project campaigner is employed under the terms and conditions described in the Friends of the Earth Australia (FoEA) Workers’ Policy. The salary is $61,734 pro rata before tax for 12 months.

Selection criteria


  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental justice and the principles and objectives of Friends of the Earth Australia;
  • Demonstrated interest in the environmental, health and broader socio-political issues and challenges raised by new technologies (eg nanotechnology, genetic engineering, renewable energy etc);
  • Ability to engage critically with the technical and political dimensions of science and technology issues;
  • Campaign experience in the environment or social justice movement;
  • Demonstrated skill in political analysis and strategic thinking;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; 
  • Demonstrated project management skills, ability to identify and work to achieve priority tasks; and
  • Highly motivated with a demonstrated ability to work independently to achieve agreed goals, and to work as part of a team;


  • Experience working in a non-hierarchical consensus based organization;
  • Scientific background and a good understanding of the environmental and broader socio-political issues and challenges raised by converging nanoscale technologies;
  • Volunteer management experience;
  • Website management and social media skills;
  • Fundraising experience;
  • Creative communication skills;
  • Corporate/political lobbying experience;
  • Experience in drafting media releases, briefing the media and being interviewed for radio and television;
  • Well-developed networks in the environmental/social justice sphere.

To apply

Please email a brief CV and a separate statement addressing the selection criteria to Louise Sales by close of business Friday 9 August 2013. For further information please read the job description or contact Louise Sales: 0435 589 579.