Vacancy Details

ATTENTION APPLICANTS: Applications must be emailed to, with the subject line of ‘Communication Opportunities’

Do not click the 'Apply' button found in this portal.



Contact Officer: Karen Markwort - Director Communications, Mobile: 0447 656 806 

The Positions

Are you a highly motivated and experienced communication professional? Would you love to work on one of the world’s most treasured natural icons? 

So if this sounds like you, we’d love you to apply for one of our various communication positions — from APS5, APS6 and EL1 levels. These roles may be based in any of the Reef Authority locations including; Townsville (preferred), Cairns, Gladstone, Yeppoon or Canberra in both an ongoing and non-going capacity.

The ideal candidates will be part of a dynamic communications section which is a specialist team of qualified, experienced and creative communication professionals who provide strategic communication and marketing planning and expertise, media and issues management, and online channel management. 

Our key role is to ensure a consistent, coherent and professional approach to communication, both within the Reef Authority and externally with our partners, key stakeholders, Reef visitors and the general public. Our section works to promote the Reef Authority’s role, the Reef’s values, and efforts to protect this World Heritage natural wonder.

The following opportunities are currently available:

Marketing and Content Officer (APS 5 ongoing) supports the marketing and digital team to develop and implement strategically-aligned content across our online platforms; assists with market and digital analytics and evaluation, and campaign management. 

Marketing Manager (APS6 ongoing) primarily responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating the Reef Authority’s marketing strategy and campaigns to positions us as the authoritative voice for the Reef.

Internal Communications Manager (APS6 ongoing) leads our internal communication and marketing for our employees who work in a range of regional locations in Queensland and Canberra.

Assistant Director – Digital and Marketing (EL1 ongoing) provide strategic brand, marketing and digital handling advice to manage issues and position us as the authoritative voice for the Reef.

Assistant Director – Strategic Communications (EL1 non-ongoing) responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating major communication programs, complex projects, media management and providing strategic input to positions us as the authoritative voice for the Reef.

Applicants do not need to indicate a preference for one of these roles, however applicants should clearly indicate in their response (pitch), the level of position they are applying for i.e. APS5, APS6 or EL1, or if they wish to be considered for all positions.

The current positions are ongoing and non-ongoing and through this process we are seeking to establish a merit pool to fill similar ongoing and non-ongoing positions that become available within the next 18 months.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme, you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job.  For more information visit:

How to apply for the position

Please ensure you read the instructions carefully, noting failure to address identified requirements may lead to your application being deemed ineligible.

You will be required to prepare a response document (“pitch”) in MSWord or PDF format using standard margins and size 11 Arial font.

Please prepare a ‘pitch’ (cover letter), which does not exceed two pages, in relation to the advertised role, outlining:

  1. how your experience, abilities, knowledge and personal qualities would enable you to perform the duties and meet the technical and behavioural capabilities of the role,
  2. any specific examples or achievements that demonstrate your ability to perform the role,
  3. how you meet the eligibility requirements and qualifications for the position.

When you include an example, you should explain;

  • your personal role in the task,
  • the methods you used,
  • any barriers you were able to overcome, and
  • the outcome.

When crafting your response, we encourage you to review ‘Cracking the Code’ and the relevant Australian Public Service Work Level Standards which can be found on the Australian Public Service Commission website:

Your application must include:

  1. a completed Applicant Details Form (located on the GBRMPA Tools and Tips page).
  2. your ‘pitch’ (as described above)
  3. proof of Australian citizenship
  4. a current curriculum vitae (resume) that includes 
    • an outline of your career history 
    • qualifications and/or formal/informal training relevant to the position, and 
    • contact details for at least two recent referees, one of whom should be your current supervisor must be provided to be considered a valid application.

Applicants are advised to read the Tools and Tips provided on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Careers website.

Applications should be emailed to, with the subject line of ‘Communications Opportunities’.  

PLEASE NOTE: - The panel may not consider additional information such as a cover letter or content exceeding the page limit.

For further enquiries, please contact:  Karen Markwort, Director Communications – (07) 4750 0739 or 0447 656 806

ATTENTION APPLICANTS: Applications must be emailed to, with the subject line of ‘Communication Opportunities’

Do not click the 'Apply' button found in this portal.