Employer: Total Environment Centre
Classification/s: Environment & Sustainability
Work Type/s: Part- time, 7.6hpd, 3dpw. Mix of home and office based available
Salary: $32.03ph plus super and leave loading
Conditions: SCHADS Award, NES applies. TEC does not pay overtime, but allows time-in-lieu subject to agreement
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney (Surry Hills)
Period: 12 months (includes 2 months probation period). Will be extended subject to funding.
Start: Immediate
Responsible to: AUSMAP Research Director

About Us

Total Environment Centre (TEC), was established in 1972 to protect Australia’s environment. We are a registered charity and have a long track record as a key NGO across a wide range of areas.

In 2018 we created the Australian Microplastic Assessment Project (AUSMAP) - a nationwide program using citizen science (over 40,000 hours and 800 assessors trained to date) to document and analyse microplastic pollution around Australia, track the sources and develop solutions. Our hotspot map publicly reveals where microplastics have been found in Australia.

In partnership with Macquarie University, AUSMAP has become Australia’s leading microplastic citizen science program, and a global first. AUSMAP builds ambassadors for behaviour change and works with local communities, teachers, business and governments. In 2021, AUSMAP was awarded the prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Award for Innovations in Citizen Science and in 2020, the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Coastal and Waterways Protection Award.

The program is growing quickly and we are recruiting new staff passionate about stopping plastic pollution.


As a key member of the AUSMAP team this role involves:

  • Supporting the AUSMAP Research Director
  • Managing data receipt, storage, analysis, Q&A, processing and upload to Microplastic Hotspot Map
  • Assisting with field activities (e.g. microplastic sampling, training and community events)
  • Overseeing volunteer data entry and processing
  • Assisting with communications about the results
  • Collating data for external stakeholders
  • Assisting with preparation of results for reports and presentations
  • Assisting with small grants development and reporting
  • Monitoring [email protected] email inbox
  • Other duties as required

Selection Criteria

  • Proven commitment to environment protection
  • An appropriate science-based qualification
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in database management, general mapping and software packages
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Capable of training and supporting volunteers
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Field-based experience
  • Ability to undertake weekend and overnight travel when required
  • Able to exercise initiative and work in a team
  • Visible and decisive leadership
  • Organised and able to meet deadlines


Applications (marked 'AUSMAP Science') to:
Dr Michelle Blewitt, Program Director, AUSMAP
[email protected]

By: 08 August 2022 - 5:00pm AEST

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