Science Communicator, Australian Institute Of Botanical Scie...


  • Temporary 1-year, full-time role, Salary starting from $97,152 plus superannuation
  • Location: Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
  • Media liaison and production for science, conservation and education content.
  • Shortlisting and interviews in early December 2020, start date early February 2021.

A truly unique opportunity to influence ongoing scientific plant research and iconic Australian landscapes by driving media engagement, digital content and relevant communications.

The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust is responsible for the management and stewardship of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Domain, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. The Trust incorporates the Australian Institute of Botanical Science and one of the country’s leading international tourism sites. Staff working for the Trust are employees of the Department of Planning, Industry Environment (DPIE), within the Botanic Gardens Greater Sydney (BGGS) agency.

About the role


This role is responsible for developing and implementing a range of targeted communication and digital content strategies to support the Trust’s world-leading science and conservation programs and sustainable funding strategies.

On a day to day basis you will deliver communications on research achievements and translate complex matters into reader-friendly content via various platforms including media relations, podcasts, video production, social media and more.

To thrive in this role you will be media and digitally-literate, as well as having an ability to maintain strong networks with scientists, senior management, digital producers, journalists and external partners.


For further examples of the work we do, please follow the below links:


Branch Out podcast

NAIDOC: Live from The Calyx


To be considered for this role it is essential that you hold relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience and hold a current Australian drivers’ licence.


To apply, please submit an updated CV and cover letter outlining your relevant experience and why you are interested in this role.


Applications close at 5pm Thursday 26 November 2020 at 11:55pm.


Shortlisting and interviews will be scheduled for early December 2020, with the successful candidate ideally starting early February 2021.

Applications must be lodged electronically via the Department’s recruitment system, Page-Up


About Us


The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is tasked with creating thriving environments, communities and economies for the people of New South Wales. We focus on some of the biggest issues facing our state across key areas such as the environment, our parks, our natural resources – land, water and energy, precincts, housing, property, planning, infrastructure priorities and open space.

We strive to be a high-performing, world-class public service organisation that celebrates and reflects the full diversity of the community we serve and seeks to embed Aboriginal cultural awareness and knowledge throughout the department.


Our commitment to Diversity


The Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster strives to be an inclusive workplace for all people. We recognise that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disability.


Our commitment to flexible working


The Department of Planning, Industry & Environment is committed to ensuring the sector reflects the NSW community it serves. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services. We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements and encourage our people to explore new ways of working - including part-time, job-share or working from different locations. Everyone can ask about it.