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Current Opportunities at Watergum

Current employment opportunities

Community Engagement Support Officer

Key responsibilities and duties:

  • Assist in the design, preparation, delivery and management of presentations, workshops. and field work activities across various environmental initiatives and in a variety of locations.
  • Lead group activities in the field.
  • Data collection, management, analysis and report writing.
  • Oversee regular program volunteers and maintain communications.
  • Develop content for social media and other written articles.
  • Engage with Watergum participants and volunteers through social media channels, phone and email communication.
  • Work well independently and as part of a tight-knit team, support your team as and when needed.
  • Work closely with all team members.
  • Maintain a clean and safe workplace, abide by workplace health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Other tasks as directed.

In return, Watergum can offer the following for you:

  • Make a difference for the future our Flora and Fauna.
  • Make great community connections and opportunities to build and grow within the organisation.
  • Flexible work hours, great location, team building days and work in a charity environment.
  • Be part of a team with passionate environmentalists.

How to apply:

Closing Date: 25 September 2023

Click here for the full job description

Watergum Waterbugs Volunteering
Watergum Waterbugs Volunteering
Invasive Species Support Officer

Key responsibilities and duties:

  • Deliver on ground operations supporting the Cane Toad Challenge.
  • Organise production and packaging of cane toad products, including data management and logistics.
  • Deliver educational workshops and lead field work activities related to the Cane Toad Challenge.
  • Coordinate and oversee regular program volunteers.
  • Report writing and data management.
  • Customer engagement, including phone and email communication.
  • Work closely with all team members.
  • Maintain a clean and safe workplace, abide by workplace health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Other tasks as directed.

In return, Watergum can offer the following for you:

  • Make a difference for the future our Flora and Fauna.
  • Make great community connections and opportunities to build and grow within the organisation.
  • Flexible work hours, great location, team building days and work in a charity environment.
  • Be part of a team with passionate environmentalists.

How to apply:

Closing Date: 25 September 2023

Click here for the full job description

Watergum Waterbugs Volunteering
Watergum Waterbugs Volunteering

Current volunteering opportunities

Community Engagement (Volunteer)

Time commitment: 

  • Needed on an ad hoc basis when events are being held.

Skills you will acquire

  • Engaging confidently with members of the public 
  • POS support 
  • Team leading 

Requirements

  • Flexibility in being able to assist on weekends.
  • Must of own transportation 
  • Moderate fitness in setting up and dismantling stalls and equipment. 
  • Confidence

Summary

The Engagement Volunteer position is a very important role when it comes to promoting Watergum to a greater audience, whether that be in events, workshops or stall support. 

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

Please email info@watergum.org to apply!

Waterbug Site Coordinator (Volunteer)

Time Commitment: 5 hours every 3 months

  • 4 sessions a year (every 3 months)
  • 5 hours per session

Skills you will acquire

  • Macroinvertebrate sampling and identification
  • Event coordination
  • Group Leading
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Project Management

Requirements

  • Must have own mode of transport
  • Moderate fitness. The position involves walking to site, carrying equipment and wading through waterways

Summary

This is an active field work position suitable to those who enjoy species identification, data collection and working in outdoor environments.

Waterbug Site Coordinators will oversee one or more sites around the Gold Coast and conduct quarterly macroinvertebrate sampling surveys to determine waterway health.

Waterbug surveys are open to the general public to volunteer and come along to learn and assist with the data collection and analysis process. Waterbug Site Coordinators will educate their volunteers on why we collect this data and how to perform the methodology for sampling and collection correctly.

Waterbug Site Coordinators will also attend a quarterly morning tea session along with the Watergum Project Officer to discuss the recent sampling round, identify any issues and discuss ways to improve the program (and to eat cake!)

Watergum will provide full training to Waterbug Site Coordinators in;

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

Main responsibilities

  • Complete quarterly surveying of waterbug sites in July, October, January and April. Surveys themselves take approximately 2 hours, allow 5 hours to include travel, set-up and submitting of data
  • Supervise and educate volunteers
  • Collect and submit viable data
  • Attend quarterly morning tea session with other coordinators to contribute to program development

Please email info@watergum.org to apply!

Cane Toad Production Assistant (Volunteer)

 Time commitment

  • One morning each week 
  • 3hrs per session 

Skills you will acquire

  • Experience with invasive species control 

Requirements

  • Must be over 18 years old.
  • Must of own mode of transport 
  • Must have the ability to work safely with sharp instruments. 
  • Must be able to follow instructions.

Summary

Cane Toad Production Assistant is a diverse roll that supports our Invasive Species Support Officer in all aspects of the production of our Cane Toad lure products. 

These rolls include cane toad gland harvesting, pipetting solution and packaging lures.

Please email info@watergum.org to apply!

General Administration (Volunteer)

Time Commitment 

  • 2 hours per week 

Skills you will aquire 

  • Clerical skills 

Requirements 

  • Must have own transport
  • Must have good time management skills 
  • Must be able to follow instructions 

Summary

The General Administration Volunteer role is an office supporting role – to assist with daily admin tasks such as filing, asset stock take and restocking office supplies.

Perfect for someone who would love to help out for a couple of hours per week in a wonderful and friendly team environment!

To apply, please email info@watergum.org 

Watergum Waterbugs Volunteering

Volunteering with Watergum

Watergum has a variety of options for those who want to volunteer for environmental work and programs. The role of volunteers in the environmental sector is critical and Watergum aims to guide this dedicated army into meaningful work that ultimately serves to restore and monitor the natural environment for the benefit of native species.

 

Benefits to our Volunteers

Watergum volunteers are matched to activities that best suit their interests and will have the opportunity to learn from professionals and improve their skills. Watergum is the umbrella group for other local environmental (un-incorporated) groups and our volunteers benefit from our rich network of contacts. Volunteer progress and achievements are recorded and Watergum will support volunteers to achieve their personal and professional goals.

 

How do volunteers benefit Watergum?

Volunteers are vital to Watergum’s very existence with our role being to unite the volunteer army and bring them together to achieve bigger outcomes. We do this through acquisition of education, training and skills. Watergum has different types of volunteers, designed to make the most of the volunteers existing skills, needs and time availability.

 

More information

For more information or to enquire about our current volunteer opportunities, first check out the rest of our website to read about on-going citizen science programs and upcoming events join us in the field. For further guidance, please email us on info@watergum.org