About ESA Envoys
ESA Envoy is a newly developed program for the ESA. ESA Envoys will have an important role in amplifying the ESA’s outreach efforts by providing a voice for ecology in Australia. Our Envoys will establish connections with their local MPs, and communicate ecological knowledge and experience that can support evidence-based policy- and decision-making.
The ESA is a non-partisan organisation and does not engage in politics. The role of Envoys is to represent the broader Australian ecological community, inform MPs on ecological matters, and be their contact for ecological questions. This does not require you to be a topic expert, but rather be able to connect with the ESA Policy Working Group and other ecologists to collate information that the MP may request.
ESA Envoys are volunteer roles, and Envoys will receive training and support from the ESA and ESA partners in things like: science communication, understanding the policy cycle, and how to arrange meetings with Parliamentarians. ESA will also provide information resources and talking points to help Envoys, and through the Policy WG will provide ongoing mentoring and coordination for the Envoys.
ESA Envoys are asked to make a two-year commitment to the program to ensure there is time for them to build a productive relationship with their MP. An example of an ideal connection with an MP may include monthly engagement via email or phone, and attempting to meet in person twice a year. We recognise that connections will vary based on the interest of the MP, whether or not there are current ecological issues to communicate about, and other factors. It is important that Envoys are willing to be flexible and creative in engaging with their MPs and this program.
This program is not for anyone wanting to represent personal interests or engage in political lobbying. All Envoys will be asked to acknowledge and agree to the expectations of the role prior to joining the program.
- Current member of ESA
- Be able to commit to two-years for the program
- Australian citizens are preferred but not required*
*It is preferred that ESA Envoys be Australian citizens able to vote in elections, however non-citizens are welcome to submit an EoI and ESA can work with you to find ways for you to be actively involved in our policy and outreach activities.
Want to be an envoy?
If you’re interested in joining the Envoy program, please submit an EoI using the online form here
The closing date for EoIs is 24 December 2019.
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in January to arrange a short video interview with members of the ESA Policy WG.
It is anticipated that final decisions will be made by February, with the launch of the first Envoy activities in February 2020.