We are looking for volunteers to contribute to our campaigns and communications. We have three flexible roles available, with training provided. Please reach out if you are interested.

To express interest:

Email the listed contact. Please include your name, phone number, the role(s) you are interested in, and a brief response to these questions:

  • Why are you interested in this volunteer role?
  • Do you have any skills or experience relating to this role? (not required, but helpful!)

We will then call you to follow up. Please get in touch as soon as possible. 

Note: If you are interested in multiple volunteer roles please contact the listed person for the one you are most interested in, and indicate that you would also be interested in another role.

 

Parliamentary research

The ACT Assembly is a hive of activity. It’s important that we keep ourselves and our stakeholders informed about what legislation and business is being debated, and how that might impact on the environment, and our city. This role will support our advocacy work by identifying key debates occurring in the Assembly. 

Time required: minimum 5 hours a week, flexible

Location: Conservation Council Office (can be done online from home when preferred).

Helpful skills/interests: Interest in public policy and politics, interest in local environmental issues.

What you’ll learn: You’ll learn how to navigate the Legislative Assembly website, the Legislation Register and hansard. You will gain an understanding of the parliamentary process – bills, legislation, motions, Private Member’s Business, Matters of Public Importance and petitions will all be revealed to you. Skills you learn here are transferable to any parliament in Australia. 

Your impact: Advocacy is a key part of the Conservation Council’s role, as we speak up for the environment to politicians and policy-makers. This role will help us stay informed about what’s on the agenda, and identify opportunities to be further engaged.

Starting date: Mid-July/early August 2020, ongoing.

Contact: Helen, director@conservationcouncil.org.au, with subject “Parliamentary research volunteer role”

 

Photography

We are seeking a photographer to build up our catalogue of diverse images about Canberra, and its urban and natural environment. This role involves taking and curating photos that will help us communicate our campaigns online and in print. 

Time required: Fixed term project, time flexible

Location: Out and about

Helpful skills/interests: Photography.

What you’ll learn: About the issues we are campaigning including climate change, transport, energy, biodiversity, water, waste and planning, and about communicating campaigns.

Your impact: Communicating with our community and our stakeholders is ritual to our success, and how we tell stories with images plays an important role in that. This role will support us in developing strong online stories to build support for the issues that we are passionate about. 

Starting date: July 2020 (flexible)

Contact: Helen, director@conservationcouncil.org.au, with subject “photography volunteer role”

 

Media and communications

About this role: We are looking for someone who is interested in communications, media and the environment. This role would involve updating our media lists, scanning environmental news and events, finding articles for our social media and email newsletters. It could evolve towards writing for social media, newsletters and website updates.

Time required: Approx 5 hours a week, ideally Tuesday/Wednesday

Location: Ideally starting from our office, flexible to working from home

Helpful skills/interests: Science communication, environmental politics, social and traditional media. 

What you’ll learn: About the issues we are campaigning including climate change, transport, energy, biodiversity, water, waste and planning. 

Your impact: Good communication is essential to environmental campaigning. You would help us reach more people and keep the ACT community informed on environmental issues, while expanding and inspiring our supporter base.

Starting date: Any time from mid-July

Contact: Kirsten, kirsten.duncan@conservationcouncil.org.au, with subject “media and comms volunteer role”