Call for Applications: Stepping Up to Environmental Leadership Programme

WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 29 July, 2012
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The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) is one of South Africa's oldest and largest non-government, membership-based environmental organisation. The organisation strives to achieve a South Africa which is wisely managed by all to ensure long-term environmental sustainability, through promoting public participation in caring for the Earth.

WESSA is calling for applications for its ‘Stepping Up to Environmental Leadership programme’ that combines the best of leadership, renewable energy and sustainable technologies training. This is an all expenses-paid 12-month, part time practical learning opportunity for Cape Town Youth who want to make a difference in the environmental sector.

WESSA is seeking prospective young leaders to embark on a 12-month part-time training programme. If selected you will not only be guided and mentored in adapting technology for demonstration and uptake in a community of your choice, but you will also become familiar with the basics of sustainability technologies related to energy, water, soil and waste.

Successful applicants will need to be available for the first three-day contact session from 13-15 August 2012, and for subsequent programme activities over the next 12 months. All costs related to the programme will be covered by WESSA.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 25 years at the date of application, have a minimum of grade 12 (or equivalent) and a reasonable grasp of English. We are aiming for a diverse group with a good balance of gender, social contexts and cultural variation;
  • Participants must be based within reasonable geographic reach (up to 30 kilometres) of WESSA’s Kirstenhof centre in Cape Town;
  • Provision of at least 2 contactable character references that can confirm personal leadership qualities and / or a passion for the environment and sustainability;
  • Availability for a final selection interview a week after the application deadline, and a series of contact sessions between July 2012 and July 2013;
  • Commitment to taking learning into communities during and beyond the programme;
  • Interest in continuing to help with sustainability challenges in home communities;
  • Commitment to the first 3 days of contact time which will be from 13-15 August 2012;
  • Commitment to 30 days of course contact time (dates to be agreed on at first session 13-15 August 2012) and at least 30 additional days of voluntary work in communities and work shadow sites.

Activities of the programme will include:

  • Six bi-monthly capacity and leadership development contact tutorial sessions (each between two and four days long);
  • Monthly visits to a technical mentor’s workplace;
  • Environmental and technology needs assessments in the participants’ local communities;
  • Construction of functional sustainability demonstration technologies within local communities in Cape Town.

For more information or to apply, refer to

Enquiries: Phindile Mangwana, Tel: 021 701 1397 ext 207 or e-mail:

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