NEW JOB AVAILABLE: Sustainable Cities Campaigner

new-job.jpgWould you like to work with Friends of the Earth? Are you passionate about public transport and city planning policy?

The Sustainable Cities Campaigner will work to build political power in the lead up to the 2018 Victorian state election, to influence key transport and planning policies. After the electricity sector, transport is the largest greenhouse gas emitter in Victoria, and it is essential that our state radically reduces emissions from transport. Making our transport system more focused on public transport, walking, cycling and building for proximity will also bring a range of social and public health benefits.

The immediate goals for this campaign are:

Road developments

  • Force the ALP to withdraw its commitments on major new road projects.

Public Transport:

  • Achieve bipartisan commitment to increase bus funding, in line with FoE’s Better Buses policy.

  • Ensure that PT is funded at least equally to roads in the 2018/19 state budget.

Dependent on funding, the Sustainable Cities Campaigner will continue to build power beyond the 2018 election, so as to embed sustainable transport thinking into the new government. The long term goals of this campaign are:

  • To secure bipartisan support for FoE and PTUA endorsed public transport investments and policy changes that improve connectivity, frequency, and reliability.

  • To secure bipartisan support for a PT mode share target, and to see this target written into legislation and implemented by the relevant state agencies.

  • To secure a bipartisan commitment to overhaul the existing public transport contracts to reflect the required mode share targets.

Key Responsibilities:

Work with FoE’s ‘Core Sustainable Cities Team’ of experienced volunteers to refine the transport component of our Sustainable Cities campaign strategy to include strategic and tactical responses to NE Link, Western Distributor and other car-based infrastructure projects, and opportunities to improve public transport services.

1. Develop a decentralised organising model to unite Melbournians around a shared vision for a sustainable city, including:

  • communities affected by proposed road developments.

  • disaffected public transport users.

  • transport action groups.

  • community, residents and environmental groups who are supportive of sustainable and appropriate urban infill around transport corridors.

2. Employ the above model to organise communities around the the transport objectives of the Sustainable Cities campaign strategy. Key tasks would likely include:

  • Initiating community meetings and one-to-one relational meetings.

  • Identifying new and existing leaders and implementing strategies to deepen their engagement and grow their capacity.

  • Engaging a broad range of allies.

  • Running workshops and training.

3. Collaboratively develop a vision and narrative for a major event in September 2017 with Friends of the Earth Melbourne.

4. Review FoE’s Better Buses Plan and identify decentralised organising opportunities to grow support for the plan.

5. Engage with local and national media, by:

  • Monitoring daily news and responding promptly to insert FoE’s sustainable cities messaging into the broader narrative.

  • Building relationships with key journalists.

6. Develop online content to build the profile of the sustainable cities campaign.

7. Attend major donor meetings to secure funding for the position.

8. Organise and facilitate regular meetings to activate volunteers.


The Sustainable Cities Coordinator reports to the steering committee composed of representatives from FoE, PTNT and PTUA.

The worker will be supported on a day to day basis by the FoE campaigns coordinator.

Salary & Conditions:

The campaigner would be employed under the Friends of the Earth Melbourne workers agreement. Friends of the Earth Melbourne has a policy of wage equity and as such all workers are paid at the same hourly rate.

The current commencing pay rate for this position is $31.50 per hour, or $65,520.00 per annum, pro rata, plus superannuation and entitlements.

At 0.6 EFT this would be $39,312.

Hours of work:

This is a 3 day a week position (0.6 EFT). At Friends of the Earth Melbourne we consider a working day to be 8 hours, with the option of flexi time within a working day.

Selection Criteria:


  • Understanding of the campaign, advocacy and political landscape in Australia and Victoria in particular.

  • Experience in delivery of issues-based advocacy campaigns.

  • Experience in campaign directed community organising.

  • An understanding of decentralised organising models.

  • Excellent writing skills.

  • ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team

  • Proficiency with using digital advocacy campaign platforms and resources, preferably Nation Builder.

  • Strong skills in creation of digital content across broad range of online platforms.

  • Excellent research skills and familiarity with policy development processes.


  • Knowledge of urban planning and/or world’s best sustainable urban transport planning practice.

  • Ability to attend nighttime and weekend meetings.


Applicants are requested to email using the subject line: Sustainable Cities Campaigner application, by 6pm Thursday May 18, 2017. Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered:

  1. A cover letter

  2. Your CV

  3. A response to the Key selection criteria, which should address all of the essential selection criteria and provide evidence and examples to support your responses

For any further information please contact Phil Evans, Friends of the Earth Development Coordinator 03 9419 8700 or


Download a PDF version of the position description here