We’re hiring: Melbourne Community Campaigner

Aerial image of Melbourne suburb Werribee

Sweltering Cities is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic community campaigner for a part time role based in Melbourne. 

Sweltering Cities works directly with people affected by extreme heat and rising temperatures to advocate and campaign for more liveable, sustainable and equitable cities. 

Working at the intersection of health, economic injustice and climate change, we aim to: 

  • win community campaigns to create sustainable, liveable and resilient cities – campaigns with solutions and strategies that can be repeated and applied across the country; 
  • put the voices of people most affected by extreme heat in our cities front and centre in media coverage;
  • build powerful networks of diverse people and organisations, working together to mitigate and build resilience to catastrophic global warming. 

Sweltering Cities will be supporting the Greater Melbourne Heat Alliance with strategic, logistics and administrative assistance. This role will assist our Executive Director with that work.

Sweltering Cities is a small team with a big impact. In 2022 we ran the biggest ever community survey on heat, health and homes with over 2100 responses across every state and territory. Sweltering Cities’ work has been covered in the SMH, the ABC online, in local media and Domain

The person in this role will report to the Sweltering Cities Executive Director. They will be responsible for community outreach, assisting with logistics for the Greater Melbourne Heat Alliance and coordinating community events. 

An average day may involve calling community contacts on the phone to talk about their experiences with heatwaves, meeting up with someone at a cafe or near their home to talk about local ideas for cooler suburbs, booking a location for a community event, organising documents on Google Drive, drafting post and sharing news on social media or confirming people’s attendance at an upcoming training session. 

Selection Criteria


  • Experience with successful community organising or engagement projects in the environment, social justice, community, health or union sectors
  • Knowledge of the impacts of extreme heat and rising temperatures on urban communities. This can be academic knowledge, knowledge from lived experience or knowledge from work experience. 
  • Confidence in organising community events
  • Ability to develop and maintain respectful relationships with community members and organisations
  • High level written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience working independently


  • Experience with online content and file management systems like Google Drive
  • Experience with digital organising or social media
  • Experience delivering training sessions
  • Knowledge of or experience with GSuite, Action Network, and social media platforms

The role is 3 days per week at $69,700 pro rata for a 12 month contract (with possibility for increased hours and contract extension pending funding and by negotiation).

Work days by negotiation with occasional weekend or evening work. This role would suit someone who wants to work some set hours and some flexible hours each week. 

Sweltering Cities celebrates the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace. We encourage applications from women (cis and trans), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, sexuality and gender diverse people, people with disabilities and people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

UPDATE: We’re extending the application period to Tuesday 10th of Jan, closing at 11:59pm.

Applications close January 6th 2023 however please apply as soon as possible. The role begins in mid to late January.  

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter of no more than one page addressing the selection criteria and why you’re interested in the role to info@swelteringcities.org with the subject line ‘MELBOURNE COMMUNITY CAMPAIGNER APPLICATION’.

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