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Agents of change for the environment: Young Leaders & Sustainability Program

Agents of change for the environment: Young Leaders & Sustainability Program

Join us on a mission to co-create a better future for people and the planet!

Earthwatch Australia is offering a truly unique, *fully funded, opportunity for aspiring socio-environmental leaders to become real agents of positive change for our planet. By joining this program, you will have access to:

  • Engaging workshops on self-development and leadership skills

  • Expert guidance to better understand and tackle complex environmental challenges

  • Experiential initiatives and practical projects in the field

  • Mentorship opportunities

  • Networking events with other like-minded young leaders

  • Exclusive perks including the chance to win a spot in one of our Earthwatch expeditions

Who we are looking for:

Passionate young individuals (18-24 year olds) with:

  • An enthusiastic commitment to environmental causes;
  • A change-making attitude or vision to shape a more sustainable future;
  • A desire to fostering resilient and united communities.

About this program

Through the delivery of a suite of programs across Australia, we identified a gap in what is available to young people who are no longer in formal education and yet are still eager to build their environmental knowledge and take practical action in their communities. This gap is even wider for young people who are experiencing marginalisation due to their geographic location and/or economic circumstances.

With the support of VFFF, we created the "Agents of Change for the Environment (ACE)" program to support and empower young people to pursue their passion for the environment by developing their knowledge and undertaking on-ground citizen science and environmental action projects in their own communities. In the year ahead, Earthwatch Australia will focus on collaborating with local environmental partners in three specific hubs: the Newcastle and Hunter Valley region, Far North Queensland, and the southeast coast of New South Wales as part of the first stage of the program’s roll-out.

"The focus of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation is all about backing young people. We know that young people are eager to take action to care for Australia’s precious environment but often lack the resources and encouragement to do so. We are delighted to support Earthwatch’s Agents of Change for the Environment program and know it will support the young people engaged in the program to turn their concerns about the environment into practical action."

- Jenny Wheatley, Chief Executive Officer, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation

Let us help you shape your future!

Any questions? Send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Applications close on Wednesday, 31 January 2024.