Work with us

Working with Watergum is a great way to be a part of something real. Community for environment is at the core of what we do, and our team of staff, interns and volunteers are actively involved in works to protect, restore and maintain our environment.

Ways to get involved

We have a range of opportunities to get involved with Watergum available across many of our programs and activities. Whether you have an hour or a day, would like to be inside or getting your hands dirty in the great outdoors, we have something you’ll enjoy.

A great place to start is coming along to our events! We hold hundreds of education and engagement events and surveys annually. We look foward to seeing you there!

Water Quality Monitoring Coomera River
BioBlitz volunteering opportunities to help the environment

Uncover your passion

For those looking for a regular volunteering, internship or career opportunity, we have opportunities available.

We appreciate everyone that commits their time to our cause. We are here to support you every step of the way and can help you achieve your personal or professional goals through volunteering with us.

Please note: these positions may require specialised skillsets or other knowledge. While we appreciate your application, registration does not guarantee placement.

Take a look at our current vacancies below.

Volunteer

Volunteers are critical in the environmental sector. We have a challenge ahead of us, and it’s true that many hands make light work. 

Our volunteers help us plant trees, determine waterway health, survey platypus, protect marine turtles, control invasive cane toads and more!

We currently have exciting roles for committed volunteers to join the team.

Waterbug Coordinator

Become a Waterbug Site Coordinator!

Waterbug Site Coordinators play an important role in our Water Monitoring program. As a Waterbug Site Coordinator, you will oversee one or more sites around the Gold Coast and conduct quarterly surveys to determine waterway health.

Waterbug surveys are open to the general public, and are always a fun morning of sampling and waterbug discovery. You will help educate and engage the community about why waterbug sampling is importan, how to correctly take and analyse a sample. 

Watergum will provide full training to our Waterbug Site Coordinators, including:

  • How to lead a waterbug sampling session and engage with the community
  • How to collect and identify macroinvertebrates
  • How to collate and submit your data
  • How to use and maintain the equipment

We’re always here to answer any questions and support with site checks and scheduling. We will host a regular morning tea for our coordinators to discuss the recent surveys, connect with each other and of course, enjoy some cake. 

What you need to know:

  • Time commitment: 4 sessions a year (every 3 months), 5 hours per session
  • Requirements: must have own transport, and moderate fitness. This position involves carrying equipment, walking on uneven terrain and wading through waterways 
  • Skills you will acquire: macroinvertebrate sampling and identification, group leading, data collection and analysis

If this sounds like you, please apply using the form below. 

Community Engagement Volunteer

Watergum is all about connecting with community, and we run a variety of educational and engagement events. Our Engagement Volunteers are crucial support for our team and keen to come along to events, help set up and pack down and talk to attendees about our cause.

This role is very much a people-orientated position –confidence is needed to be able to interact with the public effectively and positively.

What you need to know:

  • Time commitment: needed on an ad hoc basis when events are being held, may include weekends or evenings.
  • Requirements: must have own transport to get to events, moderate fitness to set up and pack down stalls and equipment.
  • Skills you will acquire: community engagement, POS support
Waterbug coordinators, volunteering to help protect our waterways

Internships

We welcome internship and work placement applications for our citizen science programs. Please note all interns require their own transport as our work sites can be difficult to access with public transport.

We currently have opportunities to gain hands on experience in the environmental sector.

Cane Toad Challenge intern

As the Cane Toad Challenge intern, you’ll help us analyse data in GIS and R, assist with lab production and more!

 

Careers

If you’re passionate about community and the environment, joining the Watergum team is a great opportunity to have a meaningful career in conservation.

We do not have any positions available at this time, but please check back regularly for our current openings.

Scenic Rim Koala Ecological and Community project (Round 1)

Get in touch

Do you have a particular skill set, or are looking for a particular opportunity? We’re happy to discuss tailored volunteering or work experience plans. Get in touch using the form below.

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