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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 September 2021

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

  • Adelaide Dental School Advisory Committee - Consumer Representative

    The purpose of the Adelaide Dental School Advisory Committee is to provide strategic advice and feedback to the Adelaide Dental School (ADS) with;

    •    Research and scholarly activities 
    •    Community outreach activities
    •    Professional service activities 
    •    Continuing professional development ·activities
    •    On disseminating activities of the school to the profession and community
    •    On developments in the dental profession and broader community, which might influence the ADS activities, its programs and opportunities for graduates
    •    On graduate outcomes

    NOTE: The Consumer Representative member brings an independent view to the Committee.

    Responsibilities

    •    Review documentation regarding school led initiatives
    •    Attend and contribute to quarterly meetings at the Adelaide Health Medical Sciences building

    Who can apply?

    A person with demonstrable commitment to, and knowledge of the health sector, in particularly Dentistry and Oral Health. High level of communication and interpersonal skills and competent in IT; including Microsoft Office suite and online software applications.  

    Does this position interest you?

    Please complete the online Expression of Interest Form by 30 September or contact volunteer@adelaide.edu.au for further information.

  • Animal Ethics Committee - Category C & D Member

    It is necessary for all persons associated with the University of Adelaide to obtain appropriate ethical clearance for any research, teaching or experimental activity involving animals. The Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) assists the University to ensure that all activities it conducts relating to the care and use of animals are in compliance with the Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes and the Animal Welfare Act (SA). In accordance with the Code, the Committee approves only those studies for which animals are essential and justified and which conform to the requirements of the Code. This takes into consideration factors including ethics, the impact on the animal or animals and the anticipated scientific or educational value.

    NOTE: The Category C member brings an independent view to the Committee.

    Responsibilities

    • Examine and approve or reject written proposals for new projects and ongoing activities relevant to the use of animals for scientific purposes;
    • Approve guidelines for the care and management of animals that are bred, held and used for scientific purposes on behalf of the University;
    • Monitor the acquisition, transportation, production, housing, care, use and fate of animals;
    • Provide advice and recommend to the institution any measures needed to ensure that the standards of the Code are maintained;
    • Recommend action required in regard to unexpected adverse events and authorise the emergency treatment or euthanasia of any animal;
    • Recommend action required when projects or activities that are in breach of the Code are detected;
    • Examine and comment on institutional plans and policies that may affect the welfare of animals used for scientific and teaching purposes;
    • Contribute to the reporting requirements of the institution and the Code as specified.

    Who can apply?

    • A person with demonstrable commitment to, and established experience in, furthering the welfare of animals.
    • Will have no existing affiliation with the University and will not be currently involved in the care and use of animals for scientific purposes.
    • Active membership of, and endorsement by, an animal welfare organisation (while not representing the organisation) is desirable.
    • Computer literacy – email, download files, navigate the animal ethics online web form application system (training provided for the online system)

    Does this position interest you?

    To apply please send your CV with a letter of support from the animal welfare organisation to amanda.camporeale@adelaide.edu.au. For further information please visit our website.

  • Field Volunteering Vegetation Surveys - School of Biological Sciences

    Climate change is considered a threat to grassland ecosystems. Rainfall variations can facilitate the spread of invasive plant species that represent a threat to the biodiversity of grasslands. In South Australia, the Iron-grass National Temperate Grassland is an endangered ecological community that has suffered a dramatic decline. Iron-grasses (Lomandra species) are the dominant vegetation in the community. This project aims to better understand the impact of climate and anthropogenic factors on South Australian grasslands. Volunteers are invited to join researchers at Poonthie Ruwe Conservation Park to help with vegetation surveys from 9-10 October, 16-17 October or 23-24 October.  

    Responsibilities

    • Conduct vegetation surveys using quadrats in grasslands.
    • Take measures of soil humidity.
    • Assist drone pilots in the area.
    • Agree to adhere to the University Volunteer Policy and requirements outlined in the volunteer handbook.

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, staff, alumni and general public who are enthusiastic and have a desire to learn about vegetation. Vegetation surveys will take place at Poonthie Ruwe Conservation Park (10 minutes from Tailem Bend) on the dates listed above. No previous experience is required and you can join for the whole period or the days you are available. Transport and fuel will be covered and camping can be covered if desired.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please contact Diego Guevara at diego.guevara@adelaide.edu.au or phone 0400 021 073.

  • Front of House Volunteer - Theatre Guild

    The University of Adelaide Theatre Guild ('the Guild') is a not-for-profit community theatre company located at the University’s North Terrace campus.  The Guild is the second oldest amateur theatre company in South Australia.  The Guild prides itself on the quality of all its productions and given its strong link with a globally recognised education institution, places particular importance on supporting student-led productions and fostering a learning environment through workshops, play-readings and events.

    The Guild are seeking volunteers to assist with Front of House duties for their final production for the year, 4000 Milesopening from Saturday 9 October - Saturday 23 October. Volunteers will receive a complimentary ticket to the show.

    Responsibilities

    • Welcome patrons and assist them to their seats
    • Check tickets and assist patrons with COVID QR check-in points
    • Provide high quality customer service by assisting patrons with any questions they may have
    • Assist with bar service (Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate is required to undertake this duty)
    • Some manual handling may be required

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, staff, alumni and general public and no experience is necessary, however a RSA certificate is required if assisting with bar service. This stage production will run from Saturday 9 October (opening night), Sunday 10 October 4pm Matinee, Thursday-Saturday 14-16 October and Thursday-Saturday 21-23 October at 7.30pm. Volunteers can choose session dates that suit their availability. All shows start at 7.30pm except for the Sunday matinee and will be held in the Little Theatre, The Cloisters at the University of Adelaide's North Terrace Campus.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please contact the Theatre Guild at theatreguild@adelaide.edu.au or phone 8313 5999

  • International Student Support - Talking with Aussies Program

    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.

  • International Peer Mentor - (Applications close 10 October 2021)

    The International Peer Mentor Program is an award winning program that has been running for over a decade.

    This program allows participants to develop leadership skills and form long-term friendships, and it is often described as one of the most memorable highlights of student life by our current and past mentors. Both international and domestic students can be peer mentors.

    Responsibilities

    • Have completed one full semester at the University successfully with a Credit average (GPA of 5)
    • Have 1 or more semesters remaining before completing degree
    • Be available for compulsory induction, training and orientation preparation
    • Be available for at least 3 shifts during International Student Welcome
    • Be available to attend 8 out of 10 Friday CommuniTeas each semester
    • Be available to attend 2 face to face  LCE events and 2 online LCE events each semester
    • Lead 1-2 online game sessions each semester
    • Volunteer for at least 1 holiday program event during each holiday period - 2 each semester

    Who can apply?

    Applications are open for Peer Mentor positions for both onshore and offshore and international students. Applicants must have completed one full Semester of study with a minimum GPA of five and have one or more semesters remaining before completing their degree. Must have high level communication skills, including cross-cultural sensitivity and active listening. Possess strong customer service skills, professionalism, be punctual and aware of boundaries. Work well in a team and have the ability to take initiative while adhering to policy and procedures.

    Does this position interest you?

    Apply now for 2022! Please complete the application form by midnight Sunday 10 October or for further information please visit the website or contact International Student Support

  • Role Play for Adelaide Dental School Volunteer Patient Program

    PLEASE NOTE:  NO dental treatment or specific dental health advice is provided as part of this program.

    The Adelaide Dental School Volunteer Patient Program involves members of the public helping our undergraduate students learn the critical skill of effective patient communication. The program is part of the communication skills course in both the Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Oral Health degrees.

    Good communication skills are a vital part of being a good dentist or oral health therapist. Dentists and oral health therapists need to be able to communicate well with their patients for many reasons, such as to:

    • obtain sufficient and accurate information from patients about their dental and oral health
    • sensitively explain to patients the results of an examination, or about possible prevention or treatment requirements
    • effectively educate patients about how to care for their own dental and oral health
    • reassure patients feeling anxious about their dental treatment.

    This is why, as a volunteer helping to prepare our students to eventually interact with real dental patients, you’ll be providing an extremely valuable service to your community.

    Responsibilities

    • participate in communication role-plays, this could involve the student asking you a series of questions; pretending to teach you about oral health; or pretending to help you cope with dental anxiety
    • provide feedback to students about your 'patient experience'
    • attend training and induction sessions which will provide you with guidelines on how to respond and all sessions are supervised by staff who provide guidance for students throughout
    • adhere to the University's Volunteer Policy and Procedures

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or public, who have an interest in supporting students. Applicants must have excellent communication skills, and be reliable, punctual and committed. Please note information and training sessions are held in late July, and teaching sessions run in August, September and October. Sessions are held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, generally from 12.45 pm – 4.00 pm, although occasionally sessions may end at 5.00 pm.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please complete the online application form or contact Dental School Volunteer Patient Program Coordinator Clinton Kempster at clinton.kempster@adelaide.edu.au 

  • Sports Volunteering - Boundary Umpire for Adelaide University Football Club

    The Adelaide University Football Club (AUFC) is a Division 1 team in the Adelaide Football League and currently has over 300 players and 9 teams across their Men's and Women's leagues. They are seeking Boundary Umpire volunteers to assist at these matches in accordance with the Laws of the Game. 

    Responsibilities

    • Determining whether a football is out of bounds or out of bounds on the full and signalling to the field umpire when that has occurred.
    • Throwing the football back into play if it has gone out of bounds, when directed to do so by a field umpire.
    • Determine whether a player has incorrectly entered the centre square (as indicated in the association/league rules and regulations)
    • Bringing the football back to the centre square after a goal has been scored.
    • Reporting a player or official who commits a reportable offence.
    • Liaise with all other umpires officiating in the match
    • Report to the field umpire during the match
    • Accountable to team manager and the AUFC General Manager
    • Adhere to the Australian University Football Club guidelines

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, staff, alumni and general public and have a basic knowledge and understanding of the Adelaide Football League rules. Relevant training for volunteers can be facilitated through the club if required. Volunteering participation hours for this role can be claimed by students as part of the Adelaide Graduate Award program.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please contact Christopher Lipapis at christopher.lipapis@student.adelaide.edu.au or phone 0431 072 730

  • Sports Volunteering - Goal Umpire for Adelaide University Football Club

    The Adelaide University Football Club (AUFC) is a Division 1 team in the Adelaide Football League and currently has over 300 players and 9 teams across their Men's and Women's leagues. They are seeking Goal Umpire volunteers to assist at these matches in accordance with the Laws of the Game. 

    Responsibilities

    • Determining whether a goal or behind has been scored.
    • Signal that a goal or behind has been scored after being given the “all clear” or “touched all clear” by a field umpire.
    • Record all goals and behinds scored by each team during a match.
    • Report any player or official who commits a reportable offence.
    • At the end of each quarter and at the end of each match, both goal umpires shall compare the score they have recorded.
    • Liaise with all other umpires officiating in the match
    • Report to the field umpire during the match
    • Accountable to team manager and the AUFC General Manager
    • Adhere to the Australian University Football Club guidelines

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, staff, alumni and general public and have a basic knowledge and understanding of the Adelaide Football League rules. Relevant training for volunteers can be facilitated through the club if required. Volunteering participation hours for this role can be claimed by students as part of the Adelaide Graduate Award program.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please contact Christopher Lipapis at christopher.lipapis@student.adelaide.edu.au or phone 0431 072 730

  • Sports Volunteering - Timekeeper/Scoreboard for Adelaide University Football Club

    The Adelaide University Football Club (AUFC) is a Division 1 team in the Adelaide Football League and currently has over 300 players and 9 teams across their Men's and Women's leagues. They are seeking Timekeeper/Scoreboard volunteers to assist at home matches only.

    Responsibilities

    • Keep time for each quarter of the match.
    • Lodge completed timecards with the team manager after the game has finished.
    • Perform any other function as may be directed.
    • Ensure a suitable siren or horn is supplied for Home matches.
    • Display all progressive scores on either a laptop or club scoreboard.
    • Report to the the team manager
    • Liaise with the umpires and the timekeeper from the opposition team.
    • Accountable to the Field Umpires officiating the game and the team manager/AUFC General Manager
    • Adhere to the Australian University Football Club guidelines

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, staff, alumni and general public and have a basic knowledge and understanding of the Adelaide Football League rules. Relevant training for volunteers can be facilitated through the club if required. Volunteering participation hours for this role can be claimed by students as part of the Adelaide Graduate Award program.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please contact Christopher Lipapis at christopher.lipapis@student.adelaide.edu.au or phone 0431 072 730

More opportunities

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