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About the role

The role of the Director is an opportunity for a passionate, strategic thinker to have a significant impact in the future long-term management of Australia’s landscapes. The role is to enhance the Wentworth Group’s position among Australia’s leading voices for natural resource science in linking science to public policy, and add to it an enhanced capacity to engage more directly with the community.

The purpose of the position is to: 

  • Identify strategic opportunities to achieve the Group’s goals, and enhance the Wentworth Group’s position among Australia’s leading voices for natural resource science.
  • Foster collaboration with Wentworth Group members and associates including the development of improved models of collaboration and community engagement.
  • Lead the delivery and evaluation of programs including water reform and landscape conservation.
  • Oversee a range of administrative functions, including financial management, continuous development of strategic, operational and financial plans.
  • Develop strategies to engage change makers in government, business and civil society.
  • Develop diverse funding streams to secure the long term sustainability of the organisation.
  • Manage and develop a small and dynamic secretariat.


The successful candidate must demonstrate a substantial standing in a field of natural resource, biophysical or social science; must be a passionate and effective communicator with experience in public policy; and must have a respected reputation as a strategic thinker.

The successful candidate must be an excellent communicator, and be able to demonstrate a high level of competency in synthesising complex scientific, economic and social information. They must also have a demonstrated history of building strong and trusting relationships with people, including people living in regional Australia.


Applicants must have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline.
  • Substantial standing in a field of natural resource biophysical or social science policy.
  • Extensive experience working in public policy across a range of natural resource management sectors, including industry, government and/or local communities within Australia.
  • Competence in adapting scientific knowledge to the practical application in public policy.
  • Experience in building and maintaining relationships including with regional communities and high-level decision-makers in business and government.
  • An understanding of the role of public communication (including traditional and social media) in the context of advancing public policy in Australia today.
  • Experience in working autonomously and collaboratively and be self-driven and highly motivated.
  • Project and time management skills with the ability to prioritise a wide range of potentially conflicting demands in a loosely-defined rapidly evolving context.
  • Demonstrated ability to build a sustainable funding base in the not for profit sector.
  • Well-developed communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to travel domestically often at short notice.

Applicants must have the legal right to work in Australia. Applicants must address all the selection criteria in their application.

The position is located at the Wentworth Group offices in Sydney and reports to the board of directors.


Salary package commensurate with the qualifications and skills of the successful candidate within the range $150,000-$200,000.

About the organisation

The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists is a non-profit, science-based organisation established in 2002 to link science to public policy, and advance solutions to secure the long- term health of Australia’s land and water.

Wentworth Group is a non-partisan knowledge broker that speaks out in the pursuit of solutions to long-term, systemic environmental challenges through robust science-based policy and respectful advocacy. We work closely with community, academia, business and governments to drive innovative solutions to problems of national significance.

Wentworth Group invests in building the capacity of our future scientific leaders. We nurture and empower the next generation of environmental scientists and related professionals to bridge the gap between science and public policy and encourage them to use their research to engage in public policy.

Central to the success of the Wentworth Group is our ability to harness the voluntary assistance from highly qualified experts who contribute their time, expertise and reputation to the development of public policy reforms.


To enhance the influence of science in environmental policy in Australia


A strong and vibrant organisation that develops solutions and advocates for a flourishing natural environment through robust science-based public policy.


Driving innovation in the management of Australia’s land, water and biodiversity;

Engaging community, business and political leaders to find and implement solutions to the environmental challenges facing Australian society; and

Building capacity by mentoring and supporting natural resource scientists and related professionals to develop their skills and understanding of public policy.


tHow to apply for this role

Please email the following documents to

  • A cover letter.
  • Your curriculum vitae, including contact details for three referees.
  • A response to selection criteria (no more than 4 pages), with evidence and examples to support your response. All questions to Paula Steyer: +61 2 9251 3811 or


5pm Tuesday 30th July