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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 Service Engineering Mentor (on location: Port Vila, Vanuatu)

To support the Department of Water Resources Technical Unit in building their capacity in project and contract management to effectively deliver ongoing projects. This role will support critical response work in-country.

  • Qualified Engineering Degree related to Water Engineering– typically a Bachelor of Civil or Environmental Engineering, or a related qualification with experience(preferably with experience in gravity-fed and pumped systems designs and design contract management)
  • 5-10 years or more water engineering experience with a minimum of:o3 years experience in design. Must be experienced in design of pipelines, calculation of hydraulic grade lines and design of water supply systems.o3 years water system construction/project management experience.
  • Experience mentoring or teaching technical and construction management skills.

For more information and to apply, please read the Position Description.

 

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.

 

Co-Chair of the Engineering on Country Knowledge Hub

This is a shared national role for a proactive, enthusiastic volunteer who will oversee the Engineering on Country Knowledge Hub made up of regional Engineering on Country Focus Group Coordinators to facilitate the delivery of the Engineering on Country program and RAP throughout EWB’s chapters operational areas.

  • Contextual understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives: knowledge of issues impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in urban, regional and remote communities and awareness of strategies to support them to achieve their aspirations.
  • Knowledge of the engineering and technical sector including education pathways, structure of development, design, construction and operations of engineering projects in Australia.
  • Passion to work towards reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Knowledge of community development: specific knowledge in the areas of community development, human-centred design and innovation/entrepreneurship.

An engineering background is not required to perform this role. For more information and to apply, please read the Position Description. Applications close 11pm Saturday 16 October 2021.

 

Your Mob Learning Group Session Co-Facilitator

This is a shared role for an enthusiastic volunteer who will facilitate the cultural awareness learning of EWB volunteer, staff and board members in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander topics via the Your Mob Learning online courses.

  • Contextual understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives: knowledge of issues impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in urban, regional and remote communities and awareness of strategies to support them to achieve their aspirations.
  • Strong facilitation skills to encourage engaging in safer space discussions with a diverse audience and respond to potentially challenging topics.
  • Passion to work towards reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Knowledge of community development: specific knowledge in the areas of community development, human-centred design and innovation/entrepreneurship.

An engineering background is not required to perform this role. For more information and to apply, please read the Position Description. Applications close 11pm Saturday 16 October 2021.

 

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

Stories from the field – Daniel Pires

Stories from the field – Daniel Pires

The Amazon River contains one-fifth of the world's surface-level water. With two-thirds of the river snaking through Brazil, the sheer mass of water would appear to support a flourishing ecosystem and the citizens of Brazil’s sprawling cities. However, a mix of city...

Sparking Curiosity In Future Engineers

Sparking Curiosity In Future Engineers

Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) has teamed up with long-time, corporate friend, Bentley Systems, to spark curiosity in future engineering students through the delivery of the Innovation Challenge (22nd - 24th November 2021). Andria Zanotto is an EWB...

Regioneering in the west

Regioneering in the west

In June 2021, thirteen EWB volunteers from West Australian Chapters took a four-car convoy for a week-long trip, ‘regioneering’ their way through the state’s south-west. EWB's Regioneering program aims to inspire students in remote areas to explore engineering and...