casual opportunities

Do you want to help shape the future of Australia by positively influencing decisions in economics, public policy, regulation, and markets?

Are you looking for a casual role that provides the ability to work flexibly in a professional and collaborative environment?

If yes, then this Casual opportunity with Marsden Jacob Associates could be for you.

Marsden Jacob is a boutique economic, public policy, markets, regulation, and strategy advisory practice.  We are a collaborative and values-based practice of trusted advisors, who operate on the merit of ideas, not rank.

Our team of 30+ professionals work on some of the most interesting and pressing microeconomic, policy, market, and strategy issues in Australia and overseas. We provide expert advice across the water, energy, environment, agriculture, earth resources, public and health policy, and transport sectors. We are a team of trusted advisors with senior industry expertise and strong networks. 

We help our clients to shape the future wisely: to make informed decisions with confidence, backed by the best evidence and analysis, and a good dose of commercial nous. We are passionate about what we do, and the public value we help create. 

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Marsden Jacob has grown over two decades from a single Melbourne office with two staff to a highly experienced team of over 35 professionals working across Australia. We are continuously learning and developing as a firm as we draw from the experiences, knowledge, and expertise of our staff, clients, and networks. Our core principles and values include:

  • We talk straight and honestly. We engage in regular constructive, open and honest two-way communication throughout the firm and with our clients. We talk with empathy and respect, supporting a positive workplace.
  • We are highly collegiate and work on the merit of ideas and arguments, not rank.
  • We recognise, celebrate, and communicate our successes. We strive to develop a culture that recognises and communicates the good efforts of our team.
  • We value sustained, outcome-focused contributions to making Marsden Jacob a better place to work. We encourage staff to get in and create positive change by identifying opportunities and acting on them.
  • We’re owned by our staff, with around half our team now owning equity. That means we set our own path as a team and choose who we work with and the work we do, rather than having targets set by a head office somewhere else.

Our Teams are involved in things like:

  • Working with Commonwealth Government authorities and Expert Panels supporting national water reform, and balance how water is allocated and managed between competing and complimentary uses.
  • Contributing to work that shapes Australia’s transition to clean energy, like Snowy Hydro 2.0, or being part of the market advisory team on Australia’s first waste-to-energy plant.  
  • Working with State and Commonwealth Governments to understand the nexus between climate change and water security, or climate change and coastal risks, and plan for future climate change risks and opportunities.
  • Collaborating with State and Local Governments, water utilities and other stakeholders planning and assessing the costs and benefits of investments in growth regions to ensure our future cities and regions are liveable, and provide the services and environments that people want and value.
  • Developing and helping implement practical and innovative market-based approaches for getting better environmental and community outcomes through natural capital markets, like stormwater offset schemes and through innovative market led approaches to environmental watering.
  • Undertaking path-breaking analysis of the agricultural sector and agricultural productivity, and working with stakeholders to identify how our agricultural sector can lift performance, while also supporting sustainable landscapes and catchments.
  • Working in expert teams undertaking economic modelling, litter and recycling modelling, and analysis of scheme design to support the development of circular economy and waste and litter reduction policies, like Container Refund Schemes.
  • Developing new bespoke quantitative and mathematical models and analyses to support advisory work in energy and clean energy and undertaking analysis of Australian electricity and gas markets using our in-house energy market models.
  • Undertaking commercial and financial analysis, designing commercial frameworks such as performance and payment arrangements.

We’re looking for two exceptional people to join us under a Casual arrangement. For the right people we have positions available in Melbourne or Sydney. For these opportunities, we are seeking people who are available to work in 3–8-hour blocks, 1-3 times a week, supporting our teams from across Australia.  Our Melbourne office is in Camberwell and our Sydney office is in Crows Nest and any work will be based from these offices, provided government restrictions allow.

The role will offer you access to industry leading consultants, the opportunity to contribute to meaningful work, across varying sectors. You will be supporting our project teams and delivering work that may include:

  • helping prepare presentations,
  • numerical analyses, using tools like Excel
  • report and presentation preparation, formatting and editing
  • coordinating workshops and other forums.

This job could open doors for you if your longer-term interests and study aligns with Marsden Jacob future direction

We’re looking for people who want to make a positive difference through the work you do. This casual opportunity may offer fluctuating hours week to week and may suit a later-years University student or someone with who enjoys a flexible working arrangement. You will have:

  • Excellent plain English communication and writing skills, including the ability to effectively review and edit different styles for different purposes and audiences (e.g. technical reports, briefings to executive decision makers, succinct summaries of complex issues in layman’s terms, visual materials to support stakeholder engagement activities with a variety of audiences).
  • A positive, collaborative, and problem-solving approach.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively and adaptively as part of professional and responsive teams.
  • A relevant tertiary qualification or be completing your qualification (e.g. Economics, Econometrics, Public Policy, Commerce, Finance or Engineering).
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications

This role will be a casual arrangement, at a rate of $30 per hour which includes a casual loading. Superannuation will also apply to employees earning more than $450 per month, in accordance with the Superannuation Guarantee.

If this sounds like a role for you, we’re looking forward to hearing from you.

If you’re interested in exploring this opportunity further, we’re happy to talk. Please get in contact or email us at

If you know someone who might be interested in this position, we’d really appreciate you sending this offer to them.  A pdf of the ad can be downloaded here.

You can submit an expression of interest to  In your application, please tell us:

  • A bit about yourself.
  • Why you are interested in joining Marsden Jacob and what interests you about the position.

We will be closing applications on 24 August 2021. We will be in contact with applicants after this date.

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