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Volunteer with us

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 overseas programs and projects:

Mechanical Engineer: AgriLab (remote, Cambodia project)

Provide technical assistance to Light For The World (LFTW) and use Human Centred Design (HCD) for upgrading and producing appropriate assistive technology solutions for the AgriLab and its accessible moto projects for people with disabilities in rural Pursat province. This role will also support project scoping new appropriate assistive technology development solutions for the future and opportunities to scale up the project in other provinces of Cambodia.

  • A bachelor’s degree in one of: Mechanical, Materials, Process or Product Development Engineering, Industrial or Product Design or Innovation Management or equivalent industry experience.
  • Knowledge of different low-tech and high-tech manufacturing processes, and associated safety considerations.
  • Knowledge of active risk management practices (such as, risk assessments, design FMEA, mechanical analysis, task analysis, etc.)
  • Experience in using CAD (computer aided design) software (Autodesk Inventor, Fusion 360 or Solidworks etc.)

For more information and to apply, please read the Position Description. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

 

WASH Capacity Development Mentor (remote, Cambodia project)

This role will involve supporting the Ministry of Rural Development’s (MRD) Department ofRural Health Care to produce the Sanitation in Challenging Environments (SCE) technology compendium manual that will inform updates on the national guiding principles on Sanitation in Challenging Environments for rural households living in hard to reach areas (such as water scarce, flood prone, high groundwater and hardground areas).

  • Tertiary qualifications with sufficient experience in civil, environmental ormechanical engineering in a field relevant to the WASH sector, adult education or International development or other related subjects.
  • Ability to manage projects and work both independently and within a diverse projectteam, with skills including planning, clear reporting and monitoring, communications and budgeting.
  • Strong facilitation, networking, stakeholder engagement and interpersonal skills, including experience facilitating workshops and ability to communicate purposefully.
  • Knowledge relating to water and sanitation solutions in a developing context.
  • Commitment to teamwork, coaching, and mentoring others with strong critical analysis and problem-solving skills.

For more information and to apply, please read the Position Description. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

 

Flood-Affected Sanitation Technology Development Mentor (remote, 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. This role will provide technical assistance to conduct project scoping and report writing by coordination with PDRD in Kampong Chhnang province and provide technical support to produce concept design, prototype, verification, validation and bill of quantity and project planning.

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or higher qualification) in Environmental science, or related to waste water management
  • Ability to manage projects and work both independently and within a diverse project team, with skills in planning, reporting, M&E and communications.
  • Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to mentoring or coaching others to achieve a goal.
  • Strong facilitation, networking, stakeholder engagement and interpersonal skills including experience facilitating workshops and ability to communicate purposefully.
  • Experience operating, maintaining, and designing in the field of small scale/household sanitation and waste water management.
  • Be responsible, honest, have high commitment, creative, and innovative, and have experiences in research, testing methods, analysis, and reporting.

For more information and to apply, please read the Position Description. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

 

Roles that support our work in the Australian office:

Media Library Coordinator

Support the Marketing team to develop an enhanced system of asset management that can better manage the volume, quality and accessibility of our visual assets. Develop new standard operating procedures and reorganise existing assets to align with the revised system. Find out more and apply.

Philanthropy & Partnerships Researcher

Support the Philanthropy and Partnerships Specialist by conducting prospecting research, corporate CSR/Sustainability mapping and writing reports on philanthropic and corporate partnership opportunities for EWB Australia. We are looking for two researchers to support us in the first quarter of 2022. Find out more and apply.

Technology Strategic Advisor (IT)

EWB Australia is looking for a Technology Strategic Advisor 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.

 

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.

 

National Mobilisation Facilitator

Supported by the EWB Mobilisation Coordinator, the National Mobilisation Facilitator leads the regional mobilisation coordinator team to mobilise volunteers at a regional level. This includes ensuring projects run by EWB have access to a diverse team of appropriately skilled volunteers and that these volunteers remain engaged and have the resources they need throughout a project lifecycle. Find out more and apply here.

 

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

Oxfam supports flood recovery response in Timor-Leste

Oxfam supports flood recovery response in Timor-Leste

As part of EWB’s emergency response to the catastrophic April floods in Timor-Leste,  EWB worked with Oxfam Timor-Leste, teaming up with Feto Enginhera (Women in Engineering) to coordinate clean water and sanitation initiatives to flood-affected communities of Hera....

Supporting Timor-Leste’s emergency infrastructure recovery

Supporting Timor-Leste’s emergency infrastructure recovery

In the midst of a COVID-19 lockdown in April this year, heavy rain caused widespread flood damage throughout Timor-Leste. Over 11,000 people were displaced from their homes and 45% of Dili’s population (70,000 people) were without ongoing and reliable access to clean...

Global Student Hackathon for World Engineering Day

Global Student Hackathon for World Engineering Day

World Engineering Day (WED) for Sustainable Development is celebrated on the 4th of March every year as a UNESCO international day promoting the profile of engineers and engineering. In 2022, engineering students across the world are invited to work in teams towards a...