Scouts Australia: Looking for a new National Environment Adviser

Photo Credit: Angus Boxall – Kings Langley Rover Crew

The National Chief Commissioner is seeking a dynamic and highly motivated volunteer to manage the National Environment Portfolio. Whilst experience and qualifications are highly regarded, enthusiasm and commitment are just as important and young adults with the necessary personal attributes and a willingness to learn – are encouraged to apply!

Job Purpose: 

The National Adviser Environment, in conjunction with the National Commissioner Youth Program, is responsible for the integration of the World Scout Environment Program (WSEP) into all Sections of the Youth Program. The National Advisor is also the principal consultant on the National Team with regard to environment issues and Government policies that impact or are likely to impact the Australian environment.

Key Accountabilities:

  •  Integration of WSEP into the respective Youth Section Programs and the evaluation of its effectiveness (shared accountability with NCYP)
  • Development, implementation and evaluation of special environment programs and projects as agreed by the National Operations Committee
  • Development of material and resources necessary to support National Environment Projects and Programs, in particular leader training and Scout Central program resources
  • Encouragement  and support of Branches in the development of SCENES
  • Liaison with specialist Environment agencies/organisations to coordinate actions/activities that will assist in the delivery of the Scout Environment Program.
  • Supporting Branches to develop Environment Teams and Environment Training facilities. Conducting workshops and training as required, but within resource allocation
  • Monitoring of Australian Government and Community Environment Policies and Projects to ensure that the Scout Program is in concert with both statutory requirements and community expectations. Seeking opportunities for Scouts to be involved in significant projects or complimentary programs.
  • Development of national policies and statements on important community environment issues
  • Recruitment and management of a small team to assist in the management of the Environment Portfolio ( currently 2 assistants)
  • Provide National leadership  to Branches in environment matters
  • Must be an advocate of the Scout of the World Award (Environment).

Requirements for Appointment:

  • Must have a keen interest in Environment matters, preferably with tertiary qualifications and/or experience in this area.
  • Must be highly motivated with an ability to work with the minimum of direction
  • Must have good communication skills and an ability to motivate others.
  • Experience in developing and managing curriculums is highly desirable
  • Experience in preparing and delivering training to youth is highly desirable
  • May be either uniformed or non–uniformed, but preferably an adult member of a Branch.


The National Adviser Environment reports to the Chief Commissioner Australia but is responsive to the National Commissioner Youth Program

Term of Appointment

Initially 3 Years from 1 October 2014, with further appointment, subject to mutual agreement, for a maximum of 6 years

Indicative Commitment

  •  3 x National team meetings (weekends) per year
  • 1 x National Workshop (weekend) per year
  • 1 x International workshop (one week) per two years
  • 2-3 Branch Environment workshops/meetings (weekends) per year
  • 4 x National Teleconferences per year ( usually at night)
  • 1-2 nights a fortnight at home reading/preparing


Reg Williams, Chief Commissioner Scouts Australia
Expressions of interest by email (with CV) to Reg Williams by 31 August 2014.


The National Youth Council is thankful to Angus Boxall for use of his photograph.

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