Positions available

University action on COVID-19

The University Volunteer Program, coordinated by External Relations in conjunction with Volunteer Coordinators, is committed to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of the University's volunteers and the wider community. We are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation, and our response is being shaped by the latest advice from Australian health and foreign affairs authorities.

Last updated: 16 October 2020

With more than 70 volunteer groups across our Waite, Roseworthy and North Terrace campuses, there are a variety of volunteering roles available throughout the year. Only volunteer groups that are currently recruiting will be listed on this page.

For a full list of volunteering opportunities, please visit our where to volunteer page.

 

Current volunteering opportunities

    Expand
  • (NEW!) Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) Leader

    Volunteer Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) Leaders facilitate weekly 50-minute sessions running activities and discussion supporting courses targeted for PASS support due to:

    • Large/first year/core course status
    • High fail rate status
    • High level/perception of difficulty
    • Course/program focus on development of a stronger sense of belonging to a learning community

    Responsibilities

    • Support learning and development of study skills in students of targeted courses
    • Create and maintain a safe, supportive learning environment for attending students
    • Facilitate peer-to-peer knowledge sharing
    • Foster a sense of belonging for attending students

    Specific duties to be undertaken

    • Plan and facilitate 1-2 50-minute activity sessions per week during ordinary semesters (Weeks 2-12)
    • Meet with the Course Coordinator at the commencement of the semester, and liaise where necessary, to gain an overview of the course as it will run for in its current iteration
    • Negotiate with Course Coordinator to deliver a brief PASS promotional talk (3-5 minutes) in Week One lecture, and, where necessary to encourage attendance, repeat at key points of semester
    • Attend/listen to at least 50% of course lectures
    • Upload written session plans (along with any explanatory/auxiliary materials) to the relevant faculty folder in the (PASS) Peer Assisted Study Sessions Box online storage system.
    • Attend and contribute to faculty group meetings organised by Senior Leaders
    • Inform relevant Senior PASS Leaders, PASS Coordinator, and Administration Officer of any operational or administrative challenges that need to be addressed
    • Complete PASS Leader experience evaluations and surveys as requested by the PASS Coordinator
    • Participate in two Peer Observation rounds per semester, observing, and being observed by, fellow PASS Leaders, and completing/returning Reflection and Observation forms to the Observation Coordinator in a timely fashion.
    • Participate in training and development activities throughout the year
    • Participate where possible in any formal organised PASS promotions and/or events

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must be currently enrolled students of the University of Adelaide. Recent (within 2 years) experience, and high level of achievement (D/HD) as a student in nominated preferred course(s). Minimum Grade Point Average of 6. Applicants must have the ability to model effective study skills and habits for first year students. Have effective communication and interpersonal skills along with creativity, resourcefulness and adaptability. Applicants must be reliable, punctual with a responsible attitude and the willingness to learn and contribute to the PASS Program's overall development. Minimum of 4-6 hours commitment per week during semester. Training will be provided.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please complete the online application form by the 6 November or register to attend an online information session on either Tuesday 20 October or Wednesday 21 October. 

  • (NEW!) Writing Centre Social Media Officer

    The aim of the Writing Centre is to help students, no matter their skill level, in their development as writers through in person and one-on-one consultations. The purpose of the Writing Centre Social Media Officers is to contribute to the promotion of the Writing Centre to students and staff by coordinating the creation and posting of content such as advertising services, resources, study skills advice, team contributions and program details. 

    Responsibilities

    • Plan and schedule regular social media posts promoting Writing Centre activities, leaders and program details.
    • Create digital content for social media posts including photographs, digital flyers/posters, interviews, and mini-blog entries for Writing Centre social media accounts.
    • Monitor and respond to basic comments and queries on Writing Centre social media accounts.  
    • Identify and re-post relevant material to Writing Centre social media accounts. 
    • Identify and follow relevant social media accounts from the broader university and peer learning/mentoring programs.
    • Coordinate guest posting by Writing Centre Leaders and staff. 

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must be currently enrolled students of the University of Adelaide with a working knowledge of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Applicants should have strong study skills and high GPA along with excellent time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines, excellent communication skills, self-drive, work independently and show leadership and initiative. It is preferred that the Social Media Officers will volunteer at least 3 hours per week in the Writing Centre as Student Mentors. Completion of training induction is essential. Media and Marketing students encouraged to apply.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please send a cover letter outlining why you would be suitable for the position and a one page CV to carolyn.haese@adelaide.edu.au by Thursday 5 November 2020. 

  • Career Mentor to students

    Do you remember what it was like to start your first job out of University? The challenges, the highlights and the lessons learned since then? This is your chance to share that knowledge. Help students prepare for their career – be a career mentor.

    Responsibilities

    Your role will be to facilitate the development of your mentee, based on their needs, by acting as a resource, advisor or coach. Participation is based on both your availability and students' requirements.

    Who can apply?

    We welcome expressions of interest from all industry professionals, of all experience areas, levels and personal backgrounds. You can be based in Adelaide, interstate or overseas. You do not have to be an alumnus of the University to be involved.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please contact Jessica Beazley, Mentoring Project Officer at jessica.beazley@adelaide.edu.au or visit the mentoring website for further information.

  • Gardening at Urrbrae House Gardens and Arboretum (Waite Campus)

    With more than 2,400 plant specimens in our world-class Arboretum and the Urrbrae House Historic Precinct gardens, assistance is always welcome. Our volunteers meet regularly on Tuesdays and Fridays to garden, followed by a coffee and a chat. This is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers who no longer have a garden at home yet long to be out in the fresh air in a friendly and supportive environment.

    Responsibilities

    • Gardening, planting, weeding and pruning
    • Adhere to Health, Safety and Welfare Policy

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members of the public who have an interest in gardening. Must be respectful, professional, enthusiastic, punctual and reliable. Please note that this volunteer program runs every Tuesday and Fridays from 9.15 am –12.15 pm except during extreme weather. 

    Does this position interest you?

    Please email erica.boyle@adelaide.edu.au or phone 08 8313 7405.

  • Conservation Volunteer for Waite Conservation Reserve (Waite Campus)

    The Waite Conservation Reserve is the home to hundreds of species of native plants as well as kangaroos, koalas and echidnas and is a valuable asset to the University of Adelaide and the people of South Australia. The Reserve comprises of 121 hectares, of which 110 hectares are under Heritage Agreement. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air in a friendly and supportive environment.

    Responsibilities

    • Gardening, planting, weeding and pruning
    • Adhere to Health, Safety and Welfare Policy

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members of the public who have an interest in gardening. Must be respectful, professional, enthusiastic, punctual and reliable. Please note that this volunteer program runs the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month except during extreme weather. 

    Does this position interest you?

    Please email erica.boyle@adelaide.edu.au or phone 08 8313 7405.

  • On-Campus Social Sport Volunteer (students only)

    Volunteers are an integral part of Adelaide University Sport. We recognise the valuable contribution volunteers make and are committed to providing a variety of opportunities for people to give back to their communities. By volunteering your time and talent to AU Sport you will play a vital role in helping us achieve our mission of building opportunities for Adelaide Uni staff and students to play on campus sport. Volunteering with AU Sport is an opportunity for personal and professional growth through assisting with the delivery of programs and services.Your volunteer hours also count towards the Adelaide Graduate Award.  

    Tasks may include but not limited to

    • Run social sports including cricket, badminton, volleyball and 5-a-side soccer
    • Set-up and pack down of equipment provided by Adelaide University Sport
    • Encourage participation and organise teams

    Who can apply?

    Applicants should be University of Adelaide students with the ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and age groups in a friendly manner. 

    Does this position interest you?

    Please complete the online application form or visit the Adelaide University Sport website for further information.

  • Student support for International Students

    Do you speak English fluently? We need your help! 

    The Talking with Aussies (TWA) program matches current international students of the University with volunteers to practice conversational English for one hour per week. If you can spare an hour a week to chat one-on-one in person or online with an international student, we’d love to welcome you as a member of the Talking with Aussies Program. Volunteers come from a range of age groups and backgrounds and include students, retirees and working professionals.

    Responsibilities

    • To chat with students on a regular basis (approximately one hour per week)
    • To foster students’ language development, for example: communicating with confidence, pronunciation, and Aussie slang. This will be of a general nature; the program is not a tutoring or editing service
    • To engage in a range of conversation topics which may help the student become more familiar with Australian customs and culture

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must be able to speak fluent English and have the ability to interact with people in-person and on-line from diverse backgrounds and age groups with a patient and friendly manner. Students, staff, alumni and public can volunteer for this position.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please view the volunteer application pamphlet before applying or contact Lian van Veen, Program Coordinator at twa@adelaide.edu.au.

More opportunities

Didn't find what you were looking for? Go to our where to volunteer page for a complete list of volunteering opportunities.