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Centre for Environmental Rights - Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

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Please read the following instructions before applying for any position at the Centre for Environmental Rights. We retain the right not to consider applications that fail to comply with these requirements.

  1. All applications must have your name and the vacancy reference number in the email subject line.
  2. All applications must include the following, preferably in a single PDF document:
    • A cover letter (1-2 pages) explaining why you are interested in working for CER, and why you are interested in this particular post, as advertised. Please also include a motivation why you think you have the right qualifications, skills and experience for the particular position. Generalised covering letters that do not engage with CER’s activities and purpose will not be considered.
    • A curriculum vitae (3-5 pages), that also lists at least three references with updated contact details.
    • At least one written letter of reference, not more than 6 months old, and which relates to your most recent employment experience.
    • Certified copies of academic transcripts for all tertiary qualifications.
    • A certified copy of the photo page of your identity document, or – if you are not a South African citizen – a certified copy of the photo page of your passport, and of your valid work permit.
  3. The Centre for Environmental Rights strives to reflect South Africa’s racial, cultural and gender diversity within its staff complement. All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
  4. The Centre for Environmental Rights is based in Cape Town. Unless otherwise indicated, all positions advertised are based in our Cape Town office. If you do not wish to work in or relocate to Cape Town, please do not apply.
  5. CER reserves the right not to appoint if suitable candidates are not found.
  6. All applications must be sent to Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

Report a Violation

National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours): 0800 205 005

In addition, there are a number of national and provincial hotlines that may be useful.

Contact us

  • Telephone:+27 21 447 1647
  • Fax:+27 86 730 9098
  • Address:Second Floor, Springtime Studios, 1 Scott Road, Observatory, 7925, Cape Town
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