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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.

Current volunteering opportunities

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

Engineering Projects Mentor (Vanuatu)

Time commitment: Full-time role for 12-18 months (Expected deployment in 2025)

Location: Port Vila, Vanuatu (with opportunity for the start of the assignment to be based remotely from Australia)

Closing date: 30 June 2024 – Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

The purpose of this role is to support EWB Australia’s Vanuatu office to plan, deliver and monitor its in-country Engineering Projects. Key responsibilities include:

  • Assist in the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EWB’s technology development projects.
  • Advise and assist in developing possible scale up strategies for some of the piloted technologies.
  • Support EWB in Vanuatu to manage relationships with local partner organisations and government agencies.
  • Support the Vanuatu team and EWB’s Technology Development Lead to provide design reports, project progress reports and proposal and planning.

Find out more and apply here.

Technical Service Mentor, Department of Water Resources (Vanuatu)

Time commitment: Full-time role for 12-18 months

Location: Port Vila, Vanuatu

Closing date: 30 June 2024 – Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

The Department of Water Resources (DoWR) Technical unit requires support to ensure the ongoing technical training and capacity building of a recently recruited Principal Engineer as well as two new engineers expected to be recruited later this year.

The purpose of this role is to support the Department of Water Resources Technical Unit in building their capacity in project and contract management to effectively deliver ongoing projects.

Find out more and apply here.

Roles that support our work in the Australian office:

EWB Challenge Industry Reviewer

Time commitment: 1-3 hours per report

Location: Remote – based anywhere in Australia.

Closing date: 2 July 2024

EWB Challenge is our original flagship university program, typically delivered to first-year engineering students. The program builds awareness that every engineer can be a change agent for a socially just and sustainable world.

Reviewers volunteer their industry experience and time to assess student project reports submitted to the EWB Challenge program which average 60 pages per submission and may include videos, draft plans, or other supporting documentation. The time taken to review each report is estimated to take anywhere between 1-3 hours. Review of the student’s work by volunteer industry professionals is a key component and strength of the EWB Challenge program. Students have the opportunity to get feedback from working professionals and professionals have the opportunity to impact the learning experience of the next generation of humanitarian engineers and community development practitioners.

Find out more and apply here.

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Youth Outreach Youth Outreach Chapter Engagement & Leadership Chapter Engagement & Leadership Program & Project Support Program & Project Support Mentoring Mentoring Field Professional Placement Field Professional Placement

Youth Outreach

Who: Anyone can deliver Youth Outreach!

What: Inspiring primary and secondary students to become the next generation of engineering-led changemakers.

EWB Australia’s school initiatives deliver thematic learning modules to schools throughout Australia in metro (our “Schools Outreach” program) and regional (our “Regioneering” program) areas.

Learn more here.

Youth Outreach

Who: Anyone can deliver Youth Outreach!

What: Inspiring primary and secondary students to become the next generation of engineering-led changemakers.

EWB Australia’s school initiatives deliver thematic learning modules to schools throughout Australia in metro (our “Schools Outreach” program) and regional (our “Regioneering” program) areas.

Learn more here.

Chapter Engagement & Leadership

Drawn from all walks of life, our Chapter members are a diverse group of people, united by a passion to make a difference. Join the EWB network and be part of something special. Learn more here.

Chapter Engagement & Leadership

Drawn from all walks of life, our Chapter members are a diverse group of people, united by a passion to make a difference. Join the EWB network and be part of something special. Learn more here.

Program & Project Support

A range of roles are available to support our EWB Australia Office, including Country Programs (Australia, Cambodia, Vanuatu, Timor Leste) and projects alongside EWB staff engaged in key function areas including Engineering, Finance, Marketing & Communications and Operations support. These roles are advertised through our website with positions available that align with those who are still studying at university through to those still in the workforce or retired.

Program & Project Support

A range of roles are available to support our EWB Australia Office, including Country Programs (Australia, Cambodia, Vanuatu, Timor Leste) and projects alongside EWB staff engaged in key function areas including Engineering, Finance, Marketing & Communications and Operations support. These roles are advertised through our website with positions available that align with those who are still studying at university through to those still in the workforce or retired.

Mentoring

Key role for skilled professionals who have experience leading teams, training or capacity building and can provide their expertise to support EWB Country Staff, field professional volunteers one-on-one or group support for teams, including guiding teams through best practice knowledge and processes relevant to their field. Roles are designed to be flexible around the availability of the mentor with expected regular meetings (weekly or monthly) with mentees or teams. Interested? Please contact us at mobilisation@ewb.org.au.

Mentoring

Key role for skilled professionals who have experience leading teams, training or capacity building and can provide their expertise to support EWB Country Staff, field professional volunteers one-on-one or group support for teams, including guiding teams through best practice knowledge and processes relevant to their field. Roles are designed to be flexible around the availability of the mentor with expected regular meetings (weekly or monthly) with mentees or teams. Interested? Please contact us at mobilisation@ewb.org.au.

Field Professional Placement

EWB Australia engages professionals from a range of fields (engineering, infrastructure development, technology development, education, business etc.) to support effective and appropriate outcomes with our partners and communities. EWB partners with Australian Volunteers International with our volunteers supported through their Australian Volunteer Program, funded by DFAT. This partnership enhances EWB’s International Program offerings and provides our engineering field professionals with additional support during the irin-country deployments and remote assignments.

Field Professional Placement

EWB Australia engages professionals from a range of fields (engineering, infrastructure development, technology development, education, business etc.) to support effective and appropriate outcomes with our partners and communities. EWB partners with Australian Volunteers International with our volunteers supported through their Australian Volunteer Program, funded by DFAT. This partnership enhances EWB’s International Program offerings and provides our engineering field professionals with additional support during the irin-country deployments and remote assignments.

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. View our Policies here.

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Stories of volunteering

Global travels and local impact – Bea Duffield’s volunteering journey 22 February, 2024 - Bea Duffield isn’t an engineer, but her experience spans almost everything else. From her academic background in scientific research to her career across both private enterprise and government sector, she… read more
Remote field visits, tuk-tuk commutes, and fish amok: a year in the life of an Australian volunteer 29 January, 2024 - Water, risk, and sustainability engineer Nicole Locke had always wanted to work overseas but there had never been a good time to do it. She graduated into a difficult job… read more
Inspiring the next generation of technology stewards with Bentley Systems 30 March, 2023 - An annual STEM outreach event that explores and showcases the opportunities possible in STEM careers brought 60 high-school students from three schools across Victoria together for a series of design… read more