Volunteering is a great way to take action towards sustainability and contribute positively to the University community. Our volunteer opportunities offer students the chance to learn about waste education, promote sustainable habits, make friends, and engage with people across the University on topics around sustainability.
Why become a Sustainability Volunteer?
- Your volunteered hours can count towards the LICA (Leaders in Communities Award)
- Score a reference for your resume (if you really impress us with your dedication and enthusiasm)
- Become an advocate for sustainability while you’re on campus
- Gain skills in promotion, education and engagement
- Learn more about sustainability topics including waste and biodiversity
- Meet like-minded staff and students on campus
- Make a real difference by directly influencing staff and students to make more sustainable choices
Volunteer with Green Impact
Become a Project Assistant in our flagship volunteer program to receive training, connect with other students, and work with sustainably-minded staff from across the University.
Please be aware that the following positions are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions on students coming to campus.
Promote reusables at Union House
Promote waste-free lunches with the Choose to Reuse Plate Program at Union House.
The Choose to Reuse Plate Program is a reusable dish service offered at Union House that allows customers to purchase food and drink without the disposable packaging. The service offers plates, bowls, mugs and cutlery for anyone to order their meals in. We need enthusiastic volunteers to engage with staff and students, explaining how the service works and what the benefits are.
You will be stationed at Union House, Parkville campus, and your role will be to encourage use of the service, and educate people about correct waste, recycling and organics disposal, particularly new students.
For this role you will need to feel comfortable approaching other students you may not know and engaging in conversation.
Shifts are between one and two hours long, depending on your availability, and will be available every weekday from 22 of March to 2nd of April. All students can apply.
Volunteering for this position will commence in Semester 2.
Audit bins on campus
The Sustainability Team is compiling a stock database of all the indoor bins on campus (recycling, landfill, compost and more) and the status of their signage. This will allow Operations to stock and order the appropriate bins and for users to always place items in the correct bins. This is in line with the University's goal to reduce waste to landfill to less than 20kg per person per year.
By volunteering with the Sustainability Team on the bin audit, you'll get a chance to visit buildings you’ve never entered, practice your data gathering skills, learn how to conduct an audit and meet like-minded folks who are keen on reducing waste to landfill on campus!
To work with other students and efficiently record the types of bins on campus and the state of their signage to assist with the development a bin database.
Specific dates to come.
Be a waste educator
Learn about the different waste streams on campus and share your knowledge to reduce bin contamination. We're looking for volunteers who are passionate about waste education and want to become experts.
You will be stationed at busy bins on campus at the beginning of each semester and at major events throughout the year, helping people to choose the right bin when disposing of waste. You will engage with staff and students, educating them on the different waste streams and debunking any common waste myths.
Volunteers in this role will be trained on correct waste disposal, so don't worry if you're not sure how to 'bin it right' just yet!
We are not currently recruiting volunteers for this role.
Guide tours on campus
Become an expert by educating staff and students about the sustainability features of Parkville campus.
We need some engaging volunteers to guide our regular tours around campus teaching staff and students about how the University is focusing on either sustainability or biodiversity issues.
You will be guiding staff and students on a one hour tour, stopping to talk about features that make Parkville a sustainable campus. Tours run once a fortnight and are a fantastic opportunity to not only learn about initiatives on campus but to share this knowledge with the University community.
This role is perfect for students looking to improve their communication and networking skills.
Volunteer dates will commence in Semester 2.
Sign up to the sustainability volunteers mailing list to be notified when new positions become available.
If you have an idea for a sustainability project or task you’d like to volunteer your time for, contact the Sustainability team via email, detailing how your idea would benefit the student experience on campus.