Applications open on Friday 8 October, 2021 and close on Sunday 7 November, 2021.

Submit an application as one document (word or PDF) that includes a resume, a cover letter outlining why you would like to join the Fellowship program, your availability, role preference and a brief response to the key selection criteria. If you are applying for a scholarship, please include this information in your cover letter.

Cover Letter

Suggested length: one - two pages

  • Introduce yourself and explain why you are applying for the Fellowship.
  • Give a brief pitch on why you would be a good candidate for the Fellowship.
  • Include your role preference in the program and why that role is a good fit for you.
  • Let us know which weekdays you are available - we hope to have one day of crossover for all Fellows for training purposes.
  • Let us know if you are available to attend the Induction Weekend on 27-31 January, 2022

ACF wants the Fellowship opportunity to be accessible and attractive to applicants of all economic backgrounds across Australia. However, we recognise that there may be significant financial barriers which may exist preventing individuals from volunteering two days per week in the environment movement. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, have a read of the information here, and then in your cover letter:

  • Clearly state that you wish to apply for a scholarship as well.
  • Discuss your financial need for this scholarship - will you be unable to participate without it, will you face significant hardship but still able to participate, or will you still be able to participate without it (and without facing significant hardship)?
  • Note any relevant personal circumstances that may have impacted your ability to engage in volunteering in the environment movement in the past, including (but not limited to): carer responsibilities, sole parent responsibilities, age, personal medical conditions, disability, culturally and linguistically diverse background, racial status or ethnicity, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, refugee status, relocation from a regional or remote area, gender identity, sexuality, socioeconomic status or similar.
  • Elaborate on how you might use your participation in the ACF Fellowship to positively benefit environmental action within your community.


Suggested length: two to three pages

  • Include your contact details and pronouns.
  • Include a list of your key skills.
  • Include relevant educational qualifications.
  • Include your work and volunteer history, starting with the most recent first. We value volunteering at ACF, so recommend that you err to highlighting it rather than hiding it at the bottom of your resume!
  • Include contact details of at least two references.

Key Selection Criteria

The Key Selection Criteria (KSC) helps the selection panel make good, consistent decisions. It’s your chance to demonstrate why you are a good fit for the program. The KSC are broad across each stream, but we will consider unique skills and role preferences for specific roles.

  • Tell us how you have demonstrated each criterion for the program in previous employment, through your study or in other volunteer roles you have held.
  • Keep it brief - each criterion should be a max of 200 words.
  • Give a real life example of how you met each criterion - be specific!
  • What was the context?
  • What did you do? Not just what ‘we’ did - what was your role?
  • What was the outcome?

Other tips

  • Check spelling and grammar.
  • Don’t spend heaps of time formatting or designing it into something beautiful.
  • Have a friend read through everything before you send it.

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mel at [email protected]