Environmental Jobs in South Africa

O'Brien Recruitment

Communications Coordinator (Environmental / Conservation) 


If creating good content is your thing and simplifying complex info excites you, this role could be for you!  The work of the Environmental Programme covers the topics of food systems, freshwater, climate and energy, circular plastic economy and a just transition, as well as land and biodiversity, wildlife and marine.

Please kindly send your CV to [Email Disabled]. Please note that only suitable EE/AA applicants will be considered due to the nature of this position. This position will also require someone who is able to travel to other regions and rural areas. A valid driver’s license is therefore essential.

The communications team is one of the best places to work. This role offers an all-access pass to cross-cutting environmental work as it will be your job to connect with inspiring colleagues and ask insightful questions; to find the golden comms nuggets; to showcase the best stories; to structure and
shape long-form content and create powerful on-brand publications!

The company is looking for a delightful individual who can write and edit excellently, plus conceptualise and package long- and short-form content effortlessly, as well as spotting comms opportunities with ease.


  • A degree in media, communication, PR or another relevant field. An additional qualification in environment or social sciences would be an advantage.
  • Minimum 8–10 years of communications experience, preferably in the conservation or environmental sector.
  • The successful candidate MUST have a proven track-record of working with deep technical content and conveying complex topics in long and short format.
  • Articulate, confident with communicating verbally. and able to engage and interact at various levels.
  • Able to structure information logically to make content simpler and easier to understand.
  • Keen for occasional travel to engage project teams in remote parts of South Africa.
  • Exceptionally strong editing and proofreading skills (in English).
  • Exposure to annual planning cycles and managing project budgets.
  • Solid publication portfolio with proven experience in managing the full editorial and design production process.
  • A natural flair and curiosity for engaging with technical content and turning it into relatable outputs.
  • Experience of working within brand and editorial guidelines amongst other policies and processes.
  • Proven ability of working effectively across a range of channels, with a defined audience in focus.
  • A strong interest in – and commitment to – environmental and conservation issues, as well as an understanding of the connection between social issues and the environment.
  • Must work well on your own, be able to contribute clearly, positively and proactively in a small team, and have experience in a diverse and complex multi-location organisation.
  • A positive solution-seeking attitude and the desire to proactively share ideas and learnings.
  • Confident to guide others on comms best practice and desire to maximise comms opportunities.
  • Capable of managing high content volumes, diverse projects and many requests at any one time.
  • Computer literacy in MS Office; knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop would be an advantage.

Driver’s license.


Create effective communications products and implement appropriate communication tactics to assist in achieving its environmental outcomes, as well as increasing engagement. These include:

  1. Reviewing rough drafts of research, concepts and strategic frameworks to propose how best to shape a specific comms output, whether requiring sharp edits or fresh rewrites that decode science speak and remove unnecessary jargon, as well as structuring and formatting content so
    that it is on brand, accurate and clear for relevant audiences.
  2. Packaging content in many formats: from writing blogs to news articles, producing high-quality reports and practical factsheets, shaping speeches and video scripts, developing strong infographics and simple diagrams, as well as creating clear messaging for campaigns.
  3. Developing various niche communication materials: from scoping the need and defining a project brief to shaping and editing dense content, to sourcing images and overseeing the design process, while managing all supplier relationships in the process.
  4. Taking photographs and interviewing stakeholders to draft strong people and nature stories.
  5. Identifying media opportunities and developing appropriate media releases and news articles.
  6. Creating compelling web content and building simple web pages within CMS.
  7. Ensuring that all opportunities to communicate work are maximised, as well as pitching and initiating innovative ways to achieve awareness and strong engagement with supporters.
  • Report into and support the Communications Manager: Environmental Programme in analysing and identifying key environmental leverage points, and success stories, within the scope of work.
  • Proactively contribute to the annual and monthly planning of communications activities and content, as well as creating and managing individual projects within budget to ensure that all deliverables are high quality and well-planned with clear expectations and deadlines to achieve impact and maximise comms opportunities.
  • Monitor media reports and outreach activities monthly and evaluate both quantitatively and qualitatively, as well as regularly sharing this with the appropriate teams and interested parties.
We offer

Medical Aid Contribution, Provident Fund Contribution

To apply for this job please visit www.pnet.co.za.