Right now, ACF is looking for grassroots leaders, emerging campaigners and community organisers keen to develop skills, get hands-on experience and act for our forests, rivers, people and wildlife.

The ACF Fellowship Program is a six month training and volunteering program for people who are keen to gain invaluable experience as a part of Australia’s biggest environment organisation. In 2020, we have 15 Fellowship placements available.

If you’re ready to grow and support our movement so we can take on the big polluters and protect our living world, then apply for the ACF Fellowship program. Applications are now open and close on Wednesday 27 November 2019 — click here to apply.

Everything you need to know about the program, like what you can expect to get out of the Fellowship, what the comittment involves, the roles available, and how to apply can be found below.

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The ACF Fellowship program is a structured learning and volunteering opportunity for grassroots leaders and emerging campaigners. The purpose of the ACF Fellowship program is to:

  • Help support ACF’s growing movement of local groups in their efforts to build people power, change the story and advocate for our living world.
  • Support the development of up-and-coming campaigners, organisers and communicators.

The ACF Fellowship program offers a range of roles across three streams: Community Organising, Advocacy & Campaigns, and Narrative & Communications. Each volunteer placement will be a part of a team of highly-engaged volunteers that will help us harness the energy of ACF supporters taking action in their communities.

What can you expect to get out of the Fellowship?

Through the ACF Fellowship, you’ll be part of a supportive workplace where you can:

  • Participate in a comprehensive induction program on all aspects of ACF and social change theory
  • Learn from experienced campaigners, community organisers, media and communications experts
  • Develop and apply your skills in a volunteer placement
  • Receive coaching and support with your supervisor, with clear direction and timelines about your responsibilities
  • Regularly reflect on your practise with other fellows in your cohort
  • Get regular training on topics like the history of the environment movement in Australia, activist self-care, and cutting edge practice campaigning, organising and communication
  • Be part of a movement of people who show up, speak out and act to stop pollution and destruction so our living world can thrive.
What does the commitment involve?

The commitment is for two days per week from February to July 2020, kicking off with a group induction, from 31 January to 3 February 2020. There are twelve roles available in our Melbourne office, and three roles available in our Brisbane office.


Placements to the program in any stream will be considered for candidates who demonstrate:

  • Passion for our living world and addressing climate change
  • Paid or volunteer experience in social change
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Approachable and friendly nature
  • An ability to work independently and efficiently
  • Familiarity with technology and the ability to quickly learn new programs
  • A commitment to the values and mission of ACF.

Each candidate's preferred role and unique skills will also be considered by the selection panel when allocating candidates to specific roles.

The Fellowship is suited to driven, passionate and committed people who reflect the diversity of backgrounds and experiences in our communities. If that’s you, but you’re worried you don’t have all the skills outlined in the position descriptions, please apply anyway!

Roles available


Community Organising stream

We have seven roles available in the Community Organising stream:

Welcome Team Leader- National

Carlton, Victoria

Outreach Team Leader- National

Carlton, Victoria

Recruitment  Coach- QLD, NSW, WA

West End, QLD

Recruitment  Coach- VIC, SA, TAS

Carlton, Victoria

Training Support Coordinator

West End, QLD

Group Health Coordinator

Carlton, Victoria

New Group Support Coordinator

Carlton, Victoria

Placements to the Community Organising stream will be offered to candidates who demonstrate the general criteria above, as well as:

  • Willingness to build and lead a team of volunteers
  • Public speaking and facilitation skills.


Advocacy & Campaigns stream

We have three roles available in the Advocacy & Campaigns stream:

Network Support Coordinator (Advocacy & Campaigns)

Carlton, Victoria

Campaign Coach

Carlton, Victoria

Campaign Coach

West End, QLD

Placements to the Advocacy & Campaigns stream will be offered to candidates who demonstrate the general criteria above, as well as:

  • An interest and familiarity with politics
  • A flexibility to adjust priorities to the changing demands of a campaign. 


Narrative & Communications stream

We have three roles available in the Narrative & Communications stream:

Network Support Coordinator (Change the Story)

Carlton, Victoria

Story Mobilisation Coordinator

Carlton, Victoria

Story Collection Coordinator

Carlton, Victoria

Placements to the Narrative & Communications stream will be offered to candidates who demonstrate the general criteria above, as well as:

  • A passion for storytelling and the power of stories to create change in the world
  • Strong writing skills
  • Desirable: familiarity with news media and social media.
How to apply

Applications are open now! You can apply to your preferred stream, and will then be considered for all roles within that stream. Applications to the ACF Fellowship close at 5pm on Wednesday 27 November. Late applications will not be accepted.


ACF acknowledges the structural barriers that make gaining experience in any field of work more difficult for many communities in Australia. We highly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQA+ people and others who may face structural barriers in our society to apply for this opportunity. If you have questions or concerns about the roles, please don't hesitate to contact Beth Koch at volunteer@acf.org.au.

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