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Position vacancy

Position Description
Evaluation Officer –Smart Cooling in the Tropics

A new position is now available.

 Be part of an innovative and collaborative energy efficiency behaviour change project
 Productively engage our project participants and key stakeholders to ensure the project outcomes and achievements are documented
 Work as part of a passionate team delivering positive change
 10 month contract, 4 days/week ECNT Band 3 $60,180 pro rata
 Darwin based, flexible working hours.


The Position

This is a new position for an Evaluation Officer who will be employed to support the evaluation and reporting phase of Smart Cooling in the Tropics. It is intended that the Evaluation Officer will be engaged four days/week for the period from August 2015 to May 2016.

The primary focus of the Evaluation Officer will be to deliver evaluation activities and report writing to support the delivery of COOLmob’s major project: Smart Cooling in the Tropics. A key task will be to structure and compile a final evaluation report for the project. The successful applicant will provide specialist support to the Project Manager, Data Manager and the project team to plan and deliver prescribed evaluation activities and ensure a robust evidence base is developed through the course of our funded project activities.

Smart Cooling is one of 20 national projects delivered under the Low Income Energy efficiency program. The programs aims are to trial and evaluate various approaches that assist low income households across Australia and to collect information to influence future energy efficiency policy and program approaches. The Smart Cooling project aims to improve household energy efficiency through investigating the optimal mix of behaviour modification, appliance upgrades and building modification. Smart Cooling is trialling approaches to cooling that achieve satisfactory comfort levels in the hot humid tropics while reducing power consumption. The Evaluation Officer will play a critical role in the building of a robust evidence base and will develop the reporting framework to demonstrate the project outcomes.


The successful candidate will have at least 2 years previous work experience in a relevant field. They will also have excellent communication skills and be able to contribute to the development of our research, evaluation and data management systems. The successful candidate will be experienced in both qualitative and quantitative methods of evaluation & research.


 Development of Reporting and Evaluation Framework or Program Logic
 Plan and deliver evaluation activities incorporating both qualitative and quantitative methods of monitoring and evaluation
 Develop the structure and compile a final evaluation report for the project
 Ability to engage with the project’s target audience of low income households in Greater Darwin in order to complete data collection requirements
 Support the COOLmob team to integrate data collection into the final evaluation reporting structure
 Contribute to a range of evaluation documentation and the preparation of the Final Report
 Other duties as required.



 Strong working knowledge of monitoring and evaluation frameworks and techniques
 Experience delivering social research or community engagement activities
 Skilled in using and evaluating both quantitative and qualitative methods of monitoring
 Experience working with, and translating, technical data
 Experience working to deadlines with limited direct supervision
 Ability to work effectively as a team member
 Strong administrative and organisational skills
 Evidence of strong written communication and report writing skills
 Sound knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

 Experience in home energy assessments or knowledge of the sustainability/energy efficiency sector
 Knowledge of behaviour change principles
 Initiative to identify and develop new projects.

 Relevant experience in a similar role or a tertiary qualification in relevant field.


The Evaluation Officer will have the ability to:
 Build positive rapport with a diverse group of people, particularly: senior, culturally and linguistically diverse, Aboriginal and low income households
 Work well independently
 Write and report professionally
 Conduct professional research and produce evaluation documents
 Analyse data from monitoring and data collection program and present results in suitable formats
 Possess good organisational and time management skills
 Maintain a keen eye for detail
 Remain flexible while delivering strong outcomes as part of our team
 Follow processes and procedures, be adaptive and respond to new and emerging priorities.


The incumbent will be required to work with a small team of specialist project management, technical and engagement staff as well as liaise with Academic partners and delivery partners.

Evaluation Officer – Smart Cooling in the Tropics

Job Purpose:
The Evaluation Officer will deliver evaluation activities & develop the final evaluation report for Smart Cooling in the Tropics.

Reports to:                                                                                                                                                  Smart Cooling in the Tropics Project Manager

Positions that report to Promotions Officer:                                                                                        Nil

Terms:                                                                                                                                                              10 month contract commencing in August 2015 (a probationary period applies) until May 2015.

Salary/ Classification/Conditions:                                                                                                             ECNT Band 3, $60,180 pro rata plus payment of the compulsory superannuation guarantee (9.25%).

Location: Darwin

Applications close: Wednesday July 8th 2015

To apply, please forward your application to the Project Manager
Please include a brief resume, details of at least 2 referees, and a covering letter (1-2 pages maximum) which addresses the following points:

1. What interests you the most about the position?
2. Considering the selection criteria for the position, which of your skills and experiences would contribute the most to your success?
For more information about the position please email or phone our office on (08) 8981 3642.

Who we are

The Environment Centre NT is the peak community environment organisation in the Northern Territory, Australia. The Environment Centre NT and predecessor organisations have been working to protect the environment since 1983. The centre has proudly supported the COOLmob program since 2002.

Our purpose
The Environment Centre NT works to:
 Protect and restore biodiversity, ecosystems and ecological processes.
 Foster sustainable communities through partnerships, advocacy and education.
 Prepare for and reduce the impacts of climate change, and encourage a shift to renewable energy supplies.
The ECNT recognises and supports the rights, aspirations, responsibilities and knowledge of the Northern Territory’s Indigenous people, and encourages creative and evidence-based solutions to issues of community concern.

Our values
The Environment Centre NT achieves its mission through our:
 commitment to protecting nature, living sustainably and creating a safe climate
 passion and determination
 support for the power of communities and individuals to drive change
 independence from governments, political parties, business & industry, and donors
 support for the rights and aspirations of the Territory’s Indigenous peoples to sustainable development
 compassion and respect in dealing with others
 professional advocacy and projects informed by science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge.

How we work
The Environment Centre NT works by:
 advocating for the improvement of environmental policies and performance of governments, landholders, business and industry;
 campaigning for pro-environment policy and funding commitments from all parties and candidates during election campaigns,
 partnering on projects and campaigns with conservation and climate organisations, governments, Indigenous organisations, community groups, businesses, and landholders;
 raising community, government, business and industry awareness about environmental issues and assisting people to reduce their environmental impact;
 supporting community members to participate in decision making processes and action;
 recognising the rights, aspirations, responsibilities and knowledge of the Territory’s Indigenous peoples; and,
 acknowledging that environmental issues have a social dimension.

Where we work
The Environment Centre NT works on campaigns and projects across varying geographic scales depending upon our capacity, opportunities for partnerships with other organisations, threats, and the presence of other NGOs with the capacity to address threats. In broad terms, we address the following issues at these scales:
 Global – global threats such as climate change, by urging community members to take part in actions to pressure global leaders to take strong action
 Australia – national issues, such as reforming and implementing federal laws and programs, initiatives progressed by the Council of Australian Governments and Ministerial Councils
 Northern Australia – on threats and opportunities which are best addressed through pan-northern processes and partnerships, often by collaborating with environment organisations based in Queensland or Western Australia, or national or international NGOs focussing on the north.
 Northern Territory – legislative reforms, policies and programs relevant to the whole of the Territory, often in partnership with the Arid Lands Environment Centre in Alice Springs.
 Top End – many of our campaigns and projects focus on the Top End, including land clearing, water management, and protected areas.
 Greater Darwin – some campaigns and projects largely focus on this area due to the presence of the vast majority of the Territory’s population in the Darwin-Palmerston-Rural Area region, threats posed by urbanization and industrial development, and opportunities presented by changing the behaviour of many householders. This region is the focus of the COOLmob project, campaigns to protect Darwin Harbour, renewable energy production and emissions abatement.

Tropical Garden Spectacular Community Village program announced!

B- Costa TGS

WHEN: Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st May

WHERE: George Brown Botanic Gardens

The program for the Community Village is now announced! We’re very excited to have such a skilled and talented group of gardening experts, community leaders, authors, TV celebrities and environmentalists in this year’s Community Village                                           – check out the  Community Village program here.

We’re also looking for volunteers
Do you want to get hands on experience building with bamboo?! We’re looking for helpers to set up the beautiful Botanic Gardens for the Community Village, decorated with hay bales, display vegetable gardens and bamboo archways.

Wanted: help with bump in and setting up displays (27-29 May). During the event (30-31May) we still need some help looking after Community Village cafe area, washing up so we can use non-disposable cups, helping monitor recycling and compost bins. Plus help packing up on 1 June.

Any queries, contact Community Village Coordinator Nina Bailey.

Finance Officer

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The Environment Centre NT is looking for an experienced bookkeeper with advanced MYOB skills to join a team of dedicated professionals.

This is a 10 month contract position until April 30th 2016. Remuneration for this position is $63, 350 per annum on a pro rata basis (35-45 hours/fortnight).

Please send a cover letter and resume to by no later than May 27th 2015. Visit for position description or call reception 8981 1984 Monday-Thursday.

Join us at the Tropical Garden Spectacular’s Community Village

COOLmob is hosting the Community Village at this year’s Tropical Garden Spectacular.TGS logo green

Held over the weekend of 30-31 May 2015 in the George Brown Botanic Gardens, this year’s event is set to be as big as ever and we’re looking for more groups to be involved in the Community Village, as well as volunteers to help us coordinate it.

More info here.

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You’re invited to the May

Smart Energy $aving$ Workshop

Bring along your latest Jacana Energy Bill and our experienced energy assessors, Prue and Emily, will give you an update on the latest tariff changes from Jacana Energy.
You’ll also be able to ask all the nitty gritty questions about how your bill is calculated and learn which appliances use the most electricity.

When: Wednesday 6th May

Where: Palmerston Library, Community Meeting Room

Time: 1.30pm -2.30pm

RSVP as places are limited to or  Ph: 89813642

Afternoon tea will be provided
See you there!
The Smart Cooling team.

      We want to hear from YOU…


Smart Cooling in the Tropics has reached its half way mark and
wants to hear from you!

All eligible households who complete our participant survey by July 31st 2015
go into the draw to WIN a one day tour of Litchfield National Park for two
people with Ethical Adventures.
This prize is valued at $334 but free to one lucky Smart Cooling household!

You can complete the survey online by clicking here  
           Call the Smart Cooling Team today on 8981 3642               

Our survey won’t take long and will ensure we are providing the information
you need now to stay cool, comfortable and cut your energy bills.

One of our friendly assessors Glenn, Prue or Emily will call you over the coming weeks to ensure you are happy with your fully funded treatment and help you complete your survey.

For further information call 8981 3642 or check our website

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Smart Energy Solutions for a Sustainable Territory

Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The environment Centre is hosting an evening with Dr. Mark Diesendorf this Thursday at the Darwin Railway Club to talk Smart Energy Solutions for a Sustainable Territory.

Join us for a lively and inspiring night with Dr. Diesendorf, author of ‘Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change’ and a panel of local speaker’s. Followed by an informal forum discussion and local music.

$5 for ECNT members  &  $10 Non- members.

For more information visit our events page


Earth Hour 2015

Saturday, 28 March 2015 at 9:30 pm

In a cooperative effort to raise environmental awareness and funds for the Environment Centre NT, Darwin’s Hilton hotel will be holding an event this Saturday 28th March for Earth Hour.
The money raised will be used for the Environment Centre’s
Safe Climate Campaign.

The Hilton team will put on an Earth Hour inspired menu of which 50% of the cost you pay for dinner will go directly to the Environment Centre! Please join the Environment Centre Staff and Board team this Saturday evening at the Hilton and help us keep our Safe Climate Campaign alive.
Can’t make dinner? We are also looking for members and supporters to join the cycling team to help us cycle 365km a feature of the Hilton’s event.  Call ECNT to find out more (08) 89811984.  Or come along to an Earth Hour inspired cocktail reception from 8.30 till 9.30.
Earth Hour started in 2007 as a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change. It has grown to engage more than 162 countries and territories worldwide.

           Earth Hour is on Saturday, 28 March 2015 at 9:30 pm local time.


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You’re invited to attend the next

$mart Energy Savings Workshop

Bring along your latest Jacana Energy Bill and our experienced energy assessors, Emily and Max, will give you an update on the latest tariff changes from Jacana Energy.
You’ll also be able to ask all the nitty gritty questions about how your bill is calculated and learn which appliances use the most electricity.

When: Friday 27th March
Where: Casuarina Library, Community Meeting Room
Time: 10am – 11.00am

RSVP as places are limited to or  Ph: 89813642

Morning tea will be provided
See you there!
The Smart Cooling team.


Free Home Energy Saving Assistance for low income households

With close to 200 homes already booked in and works well underway to deliver fully funded energy retro-fits, Darwin and Palmerston residents are encouraged to contact the Smart Cooling team to check their eligibility for this exciting initiative.

Eligible residents receive a free assessment of their house’s energy use.  And are provided with complimentary services and products to help reduce energy costs such as:

  • Energy efficient ceiling fans and Pedestal fans
  • Professional sealing of box air-cons
  • Shade sails
  • External blinds
  • Fly-screen cleaning and replacement for air-flow.

If you or someone you know is eligible, register your interest now to be part of this fully funded energy assessment service and house retrofit program. Only 480 places are available in the project. Contact us today to ask about this project and your eligibility.  Phone: 8981 3642 email:

Project available to residents living in privately owned or privately rented accommodation.