Econnect Communication seeking an experienced and skilled science communicator


We [Econnect Communication Pty Ltd] are a small team of science writers and communicators working nationally and internationally on science communication projects that seek to make a difference to the knowledge, skills and confidence of scientists, communities and farmers in communicating science important to people’s lives. We work on diverse projects often under tight deadlines and limited budgets. Sometimes things are chaotic and stressful, but at the end of the day or week we like working with each other, enjoy a laugh and are stimulated by creative ideas and seemingly impossible dreams. We seek at all times to deliver quality services and products to our clients to help them meet their goals.


We are looking for someone who loves coming to work not knowing what the day will bring, but confident that they can meet the variety of challenges that come their way. This person will feel comfortable working in a commercial consultancy environment, achieving quality outcomes that fit client budgets and demands. They will have very high level written and verbal communication skills. They will have extensive experience in writing web content, media releases, feature articles, e-newsletters, interpretive information, fact sheets and video scripts. They will be confident in giving presentations, negotiating with clients and suppliers, and liaising with a diversity of groups and individuals. They will know how to plan and manage a project according to its objectives and the resources available. Our new team member will share our passion in communicating about science, especially environmental science.


Do not apply if you:

* like routine and stability

* thrive on organisational politics

* lack a sense of humour

* don’t like to travel

* hate to talk to people on the phone

* want to be left alone to do your own thing

* don’t like to juggle more than one thing at a time


* Excellent writing skills in a variety of formats

* High level verbal skills in giving presentations, liaison, negotiation and interviewing

* Passion communicating about science, especially the environmental sciences

* Ability to work comfortably within a small team as well as independently on a mix of projects

* Desire to continually improve through feedback and constructive criticism

* Ability to plan and manage projects to meet agreed outcomes, deadlines and budgets

* Experience at designing and implementing communication strategies


* Editing skills

* Experience in training or education

* Understanding of scientific culture and processes through past experience at working with researchers

LOCATION: At our West End offices in Brisbane. This is not negotiable.

TERMS: Contract until December 31 2011 with the possibility of extension beyond this depending on performance and work demand; three-month probationary period; must be able to start as soon as possible, and definitely by early October


* Salary of $75K plus super plus performance-based quarterly bonuses

* One rostered day off per month; flexi-time

* 38 hours per week; flexible times

* 4 weeks annual leave; 10 days sick pay

* Back veranda for lunches, teas and parties


* To me via email ONLY (

* Close 6pm, Friday 27 August

* Two pages maximum addressing the 10 dot points under selection criteria, and providing your contact details, the names and contact details of two recent work referees, and your availability to start work with us; you can also include a 2-page CV

* Short-listed applicants will be advised on Friday 3 September of an exercise, which they will be expected to complete by 6pm Tuesday 7 September. Short, short listed applicants will be interviewed on Monday/Tuesday September 13/14 in Brisbane.


Check out This should provide any information you require about our company. If you have more specific queries, please email me (don’t phone).

Jenni Metcalfe

Director Econnect Communication

PO Box 734

South Brisbane Q 4101


phone: + 61 7 3846 7111, +0408 551 866

skype: jenni.metcalfe

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