2-year Fixed Term Contract (to February 2025)


National Disaster Risk Reduction (NDRR) Heat Mapping Vulnerability Project

Climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of heatwaves in Western Australia and driving up the likelihood of heat related deaths.

In 2022, Perth broke its previous heatwave records when it experienced six days in a row over 40℃ during January and 11 days over 40℃ between December – January. Climate projections for WA predict an increase in extreme temperatures in all regions into the future.

Evidence tells us that rising temperatures will disproportionately impact vulnerable people such as those living on low incomes, with disability and chronic health issues, as they are likely to have the least heat mitigation and adaptation capacity such as air conditioning, insulation and solar.

The purpose of this project is to map projected high heat risk regions against high heat vulnerable populations across WA, and develop targeted strategies, actions and resources to mitigate the risk of health impacts and morbidity such as heat stroke and premature death. 

About the position

We are seeking a full time Project Manager, 38 hours week with flexible working options. We need a strong, dynamic, collaborative person for this important project.

The Manager will be responsible for overall project implementation, fulfilling the project contractual obligations, delivery of outcomes, reporting and financial oversight. The position will be supported by the Project Steering Group. They will work with project partners, key stakeholders, government agencies, and experts to develop and implement the Project aligned to the Project’s strategic goals and key strategic initiatives.

The successful applicant will have a strong understanding of emergency management, risk reduction, resilience, and recovery; be an experienced project manager; have a proven record of fostering and developing collaborative multi-sector partnerships and strong leadership skills.

The right person should have knowledge of current government and non-government social policies, including an understanding of issues that impact community services and vulnerable consumers in WA

Communication skills will be important to the position, as they will need to promote participation in the project, capture project achievements, garner lessons learned and advocacy for any policy changed needed.

Please submit a two-page statement generally addressing the selection criteria in the job description, together with a current and concise resume. To download the job description, go to:


Download the job description. 


Closing date for applications is 5.00pm 16 December 2022.

For more information phone 08 6381 5300 or email [email protected]

Email applications to [email protected]



The Western Australian Council of Social Service is the peak body of community service organisations and individuals in Western Australia. WACOSS stands for an inclusive, just and equitable society. As a peak body for the Western Australian community service sector, we believe that communities flourish where people are given the opportunity to contribute and create. We are committed to advocating, enabling and leading change that supports healthy, active and inclusive communities.

WACOSS is part of a national network consisting of ACOSS and the State and Territory Councils of Social Service, who assist people on low incomes and experiencing disadvantage Australia wide.

WACOSS is a small but dynamic organisation whose impact and output far exceeds its size. We are proud to have over 260 members, both organisations and individuals. To create equitable and empowered communities there must be strong Peak’s voice that work with its members to advocate with and on behalf of those who are the furthest from levers of power and influence, to amplify their concerns and seek justice, to create a society that genuinely works for the benefit of all.