Previous Fellows have identified what a transformative experience the Fellowship has been, and how it has seen many go on to secure paid roles at BirdLife, the Victorian Greens, Tipping Point, Climate Reality Project, Amnesty International, AYCC and Monash’s Climate Change Communications Research Hub and ACF. Here are just a few of their stories:
"The ACF Fellowship gave me lived experience of working with a driven, capable network of professionals working to defend nature and climate. My skills were challenged and recognised, and I came out of the Fellowship more aware and more able to articulate my skills, passions, work areas of interest, preferred work styles and professional goals for the future. I remain grateful for the chance to meet inspiring colleagues - especially those whom I've worked with since in other roles.”
— 2017 ACF Fellow Kim Garratt. Kim has gone on to work with Birdlife, study investigative journalism and work with ACF in environmental investigations.
"ACF is a great place to get skills and meet fabulous humans. For international students like me, it is a great learning space to understand Australian political advocacy and the democratic system, as well as the inclusive environmental movement. ACF want to include people from different backgrounds and I want to see more people from multicultural communities joining ACF to provide different perspectives to their work. I highly recommend people of colour, international students and people from different communities to apply."
— 2020 ACF Fellow Jing Yang. Jing is currently working for local government on a renewable energy and energy efficiency project.
"The ACF Fellowship turned up just at the right time, and has been a unique opportunity for me to immerse myself in a community organisation and the environmental movement... Everyone in the ACF staff and Community are so generous in sharing their experiences and insights, and supportive of my interest in learning as much as I can during this deep dive into the sector. Every day is different and I’m so inspired by the work I’m delighted to be part of now. With this experience behind me, I can’t wait to see what comes next."
— 2020 ACF Fellow Kirsten MacLeod. Kirsten was able to use what she learned in her community organising fellowship in her paid work in the university sector and in disability inclusion.
"I've found the Fellowship a really incredible opportunity to connect with like minded individuals, and be inspired by passionate and activated environmentalists. The Fellowship presented me with a unique opportunity to contribute positively to the environmental movement whilst at the same time developing new skills and gaining invaluable experience."
— 2021 ACF Fellow Isabella Stacey. Issy is currently completing a narrative & communications fellowship as Social Media Moderator Team Leader, and will be staying on through to the end of the year.
"The fellowship is a unique opportunity. ACF are willing to onboard you, train you and trust you. They go above and beyond to include volunteers in what they do, to make you feel important and empowered and give you interesting, challenging work."
— 2020 ACF Fellow Julian Atchison. Julian has gone on to manage projects and events for a health science company.
"The Fellowship has allowed me to expand my skill set relative to my current job. I've also been able to get my foot in the door with a respected and well known environmental organisation."
— 2021 ACF Fellow Nola Vlasek. Nola is currently completing a data & digital fellowship, trialing a new system that will improve the accuracy of ACF's data.