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EWB volunteers are passionate about human-centred engineering and creating a positive change in the world.
Current opportunities

Many ways to volunteer

EWB Australia was founded in 2003 on the idea that engineering, along with complementary skill sets and aligned organisations, can lift people out of poverty. One of the best ways to contribute to making this vision a reality is to work with us, participate in one of our programs, or volunteer. There are many opportunities to give your time, in ways that align with your skills, interests and experience.

Code of Conduct

To ensure that everyone has an enjoyable and enriching experience, EWB Volunteers are expected to bring a spirit of respect and integrity to their engagement with EWB. Our Volunteer Code of Conduct guides our Volunteers as they contribute to EWB’s mission and vision.

Current volunteering opportunities

Technical roles that support our programs and projects overseas and in Australia:

Northern Rivers NSW Flood Response (in-country, Australia project)

With over 3500 flood damaged houses deemed uninhabitable, many rural bridges broken and roads severely damaged, landslips causing instability and critical communal and private infrastructure damaged, communities in the Northern Rivers of NSW are asking for your help. Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Australia is calling for qualified engineers from a range of disciplines, including civil, structural, geo-technical and water engineers, to sign up as volunteers. By volunteering for a few days, a long weekend or longer you could help flooded families get back into their homes. You need to get yourself to the region, but once there you can coordinate with other volunteers to support recovery efforts and will be supported and coordinated by our partner Resilient Byron.

For more information, please refer to this project description. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the need is met.

WASH and Environmental Engineering Mentors (in-country, Vanuatu project)

The purpose of this role is to support EWB Australia’s Vanuatu office to plan, deliver and monitor water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) Programs.

Stream 1: WASH and Climate Change

  • Assist in the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EWB’s WASH and Climate Change projects.
  • Support managing relationships with local partner organisations and government agencies.

Stream 2: WASH and Capacity Development

  • Assist in the scoping, design, planning, monitoring and evaluation of EWB’s WASH projects.
  • Support producing a WASH technology compendium manual for communities living in challenging environments and/or hard to reach areas.
  • Produce Sanitation in Challenging Environments (SCE) capacity development materials for local partner organisations and contribute to national guiding principles on SCE for rural households.

For more information and to apply, please read the Position Description. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until they close on Monday May 23rd at 5pm.

Expression Of Interests for WASH, Climate and Sanitation roles (in-country, Cambodia project)
The EWB WASH Program in Cambodia aims to improve people’s health and well-being through addressing challenges faced by communities living in hard-to-reach or challenging environments and their ability to access safe, hygienic and appropriate technological water and sanitation technology solutions. Roles will provide technical assistance to conduct project scoping, produce concept design, prototype and project planning and reports. Opportunity to contribute to national guiding principles on Sanitation in Challenging Environments (SCE) for rural households and capacity development materials and toolkits for government agencies in Cambodia.
  • Bachelor’s Degree (or higher qualification) in civil, environmental or mechanical engineering in a field relevant to the WASH sector or International development or other related subjects.
  • Ability to manage projects and work both independently and within a diverse project team, with skills in planning, reporting and communications.
  • Strong facilitation, networking, stakeholder engagement and interpersonal skills including experience facilitating workshops and ability to communicate purposefully.
  • Commitment to teamwork with strong critical analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • Be responsible, honest, have high commitment to work in another country
For more information and to express interest, please read the Position Description. Applications close Monday May 23rd at 5pm.
Water Engineer Mentor (in-country, Cambodia project)
This role will support EWB Australia’s Cambodia office to plan, deliver and monitor projects within its WASH Program and increase the technical capacity of EWB’s engineering staff and community partners in designing, implementing and evaluating WASH infrastructure for challenging environments.
  • A degree in water engineering discipline (minimum), postgraduate degree preferred.
  • Professional experience in designing, planning and maintaining indirect piped water supplies, preferably in a remote or humanitarian context.
  • Knowledge of drinking water treatment processes and water quality standards.
  • Ability to communicate technical content in clear, accessible written and verbal language. Strong mentoring and coaching skills.
  • Ability to manage and prioritise work without close supervision, and to work collaboratively across multiple EWB teams.
  • Ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders of varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
For more information and to express interest, please read the Position Description. Applications close Monday May 23rd at 5pm. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Sustainable Energy Mentor (in-country project, Cambodia)
This role will support EWB Australia’s Cambodia office to plan, deliver and monitor Sustainable Energy Programs. You will assist in the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EWB’s Sustainable Energy projects, and help EWB in Cambodia manage relationships with local partner organisations and government agencies.
 
  • A degree in an engineering discipline (minimum), postgraduate degree preferred
  • Experience in electronic hardware and firmware design and development.
  • Experience in Internet of Things (IoT) design and development.
  • Understanding of computer language code.
  • Professional experience in Sustainable Energy, preferably within a humanitarian context.
  • Ability to communicate technical content in clear, accessible language, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to manage technical documentation.
  • Ability to manage and prioritise work without close supervision.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with other EWB teams across the organisation.
For more information and to apply, please read the Position Description. Applications close 6th June at 5pm.
Civil Engineer Mentor (remote assignment, Samoa project)

This remote assignment has been created to develop engineers and gain more experience in proper designing of structures such as culverts, and bridges focusing on extreme weather conditions. The Civil Engineer Mentor will play a pivotal role in supporting the Land Transport Authority (LTA), a Public Body responsible for land transport infrastructure in Samoa. Its vision is to sustain the provision of a safe national road network in Samoa and identify technical solutions to some of the issues faced by engineers.

This assignment will be supported by the Australian Volunteers Program.

For more information and to apply, please follow this link to the Australian Volunteers website. We will continue to accept applications, until the role is filled.

 

Volunteering roles in-country are back!

Your ongoing support over the last two years allowed EWB to maintain volunteer roles, if in a remote capacity. Now, after the repatriation and suspension of mobilising volunteers due to the pandemic, the Australian Volunteers Program, supporting our overseas volunteer placements, has announced the return of in-country volunteering! We are delighted to resume these opportunities.

Roles that support our work in the Australian office:

EWB Challenge - ‘15 Years Project’ Content Writer

In 2022, EWB Australia is reaching a milestone of 15 years since the EWB Challenge program began. This role will reach out to our alumni network to gather and collate stories of the program’s impact and experiences on others – including past students, academics, and community partner organisations. Find out more and apply.

EWB Chapter Website Content Coordinator

In order to enable Chapters to more easily and visibly communicate their initiatives and promote activities and opportunities to their members and partners, EWB is creating individual websites for each Chapter.  This role will continue the work that has commenced, and finalise the project. Find out more and apply.

Technology Business Analyst (IT)

EWB Australia is looking for a Technology Business Analyst with great initiative to support its technology capability. A high-level review of technology architecture has been completed, however further ongoing support is required. Find out more and apply here.

 

Program Support Volunteer

EWB is looking for a motivated team-player with great initiative to support the maintenance and continuous improvement of standardised processes, including compliance and risk management process support across the Finance/Operations and Engineering teams. The ideal volunteer is looking to learn more about EWB and contribute to the enhancement of EWB staff and volunteer experiences. Find out more and apply here.

 

Roles in our Chapter network:

President (VIC Region Chapter)

Lead the direction and strategy of all Chapter activities of the Victorian Region Chapter of Engineers Without Borders Australia. Be a part of the executive of the Victorian region Chapter, as the upcoming AGM creates an opportunity for fresh voices and skills! Find out more and apply.

Vice-President (VIC Region Chapter)

Lead the planning and oversee chapter activities for the Victorian Region Chapter of Engineers Without Borders Australia. Be a part of the executive of the Victorian region Chapter, as the upcoming AGM creates an opportunity for fresh voices and skills! Find out more and apply here.

 

Secretary (VIC Region Chapter)

Provide administrative support to the committee and manage both internal and external communications as well as daytoday operations of the Victorian Region Chapter of Engineers Without Borders Australia. Be a part of the executive of the Victorian region Chapter, as the upcoming AGM creates an opportunity for fresh voices and skills! Find out more and apply here.

 

Treasurer (VIC Region Chapter)

Coordinate all financial aspects of the Region’s initiatives and activities.of the Victorian Region Chapter of Engineers Without Borders Australia. Be a part of the executive of the Victorian region Chapter, as the upcoming AGM creates an opportunity for fresh voices and skills! Find out more and apply here.

 

Media and Communications Officer (VIC Region Chapter)

Grow our storytelling capability and guide external communications for the Victorian Region Chapter. Find out more and apply here.

 

Engineering on Country Program Coordinator (VIC Region Chapter)

Work closely with the VIC Region’s Executive Team to support the delivery of School and Community Outreach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their communities across a range of activities. Find out more and apply.

Re-launch of Queensland Region Chapter!

We’re excited to be re-launching our Queensland Region Chapter ready for a bumper 2022! We’re looking for passionate engineers from new graduates to retirees who are looking to connect with like-minded people, learn more about human-centred engineering and community development, and join local projects and initiatives.

Our Region chapters are open to everyone, but are typically made up of those working in or retired from their professional discipline. If you’d like to learn more about getting involved and help us bring this important Chapter back to life please contact the Queensland Region Mobilisation Coordinator – Jeeban Poudel via qld.mobilisation@ewb.org.au

New Chapters in SA and NSW!

We’re currently supporting the start-up of two new student Chapters to be based out of the University of South Australia and University of Wollongong! To help support students with this process we’re on the look-out for volunteers with ties to these universities or their local communities. Do you know someone who might be keen to help students for connections with academics and rally engineering students to get involved? Please reach out to our Chapter Engagement Lead, Erin via e.wicking@ewb.org.au

Local Chapters

Join a local chapter to participate and explore volunteering opportunities close to you.

Volunteer overseas

Become an Australian volunteer field professional on a 9-20 month assignment.

National office

Gain work experience, learn new skills and support our programs, based at our HQ.

“My journey as a volunteer has encouraged me to believe that everything is possible. The biggest reward of volunteering has been my own satisfaction and personal growth.”
- Karina Ojeda

Volunteering in the Torres Strait

Chelsea Hayward, supported by the 2017 MECCA M-Power scholarship, travelled to the Torres Strait Islands with a group of volunteers to pilot some new School Outreach resources.

Stories of volunteering

S1 EP6: David Hood AM

S1 EP6: David Hood AM

In episode 6 of The Actioneers, we talk to David Hood AM about how ecosystem services are critical for delivering the quality of environment necessary for the survival of life, about his career delivering sustainability in the built environment and about why he supports direct action as a tactic for highlighting the urgent need to address global heating.