Volunteer with us

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.

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Students run a sustainability competition at WinterFest
Volunteers running engagement activities during WinterFest

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)
LiCA accreditation badge
  • 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
Students undertaking Project Assistant training
Complete training as a Green Impact Project Assistant

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.

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Available positions

Please be aware that the following positions are on hold 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.

    Your role

    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. All students can apply.

    Volunteer dates

    Volunteering for this position will commence in Semester 1, 2022.

    Express your interest

  • 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.

    Your role

    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!

    Shift dates

    We are not currently recruiting volunteers for this role.

    Express your interest in future opportunities

  • 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.

    Your role

    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.

    Shift dates

    Volunteer dates will commence in Semester 1, 2022.

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Want more?

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.

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