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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 HHUG (Holding Hands Under Ground).

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

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 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 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Civil Engineer Mentor (remote or in-country assignment, Samoa project)

This remote/in-country 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. In-country assignment is preferred.

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

Climate Change Mentor (in-country project, Cambodia)
This role will support EWB Australia’s Cambodia office to engage in systematic and strategic capacity development initiatives around climate change issues.
 
  • Bachelor Degree (or higher qualification) in climate sciences, environmental sciences, earth sciences, natural resource economics, and political science or related social sciences.
  • Experiences on issues related to climate risk, vulnerability reduction, capacity development, research, identification of climate-related issues, international development work related to climate changes.
  • Familiarity with and contributions to high-level policy dialogues and advisory functions involving high-level government counterparts and other stakeholders.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the global debate on climate change and experience in multilateral environmental debates and dialogues and processes.
  • Experience in advising on climate change adaptation, energy policy development and planning a major asset.
  • 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 1st July.

Roles that support our work in the Australian office:

Marketing & Communications Volunteer

Help build EWB’s presence on social media, grow and engage our supporter base with dynamic content and keep the website relevant and up to date with new content.

This role will work closely with the Marketing & Fundraising team to identify upcoming stories and build them into our strategic content calendar. Read our blog and check out our social media to get an idea of the kinds of impact stories you’ll be telling. 

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.

Monitoring & Evaluation / Data Support Volunteers (multiple positions available)

EWB Australia is seeking volunteers with great initiative to support its MEL system and activities. In August 2020, EWB Australia launched its 2030 strategy and a high-level impact framework has been developed. Various volunteer positions are available to support National and Country Office teams to monitor and evaluate their progress towards these ambitious targets.

These volunteer positions will work alongside the EWB MEL Specialist to support the objectives of diverse projects and programs across the organisation.

Find out more and apply here.

Human Resources (HR) – Independent Exit Interview Support

This volunteer role will provide staff leaving EWB the opportunity to discuss their experience with the organisation openly, so EWB can learn from their experience.

Find out more and apply here.

Human Resources (HR) – Induction and Onboarding Project

When new staff start at EWB they are provided with an induction program and some tools to start well, however increasingly over time, knowledge about the onboarding process has been lost and the sessions haven’t been updated as the organisation has grown and developed. A refresh is needed that ensures that new staff have the tools, information and context relevant to their role and that reflects the EWB of today.

This is an excellent opportunity to build on the existing program and bring your flair and passion for having great staff landing well, so that they can go on to achieve wonderful things in their role.

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

Announcing our 2023 EWB Challenge community partner

Announcing our 2023 EWB Challenge community partner

Photo caption: Technology Development Specialist Mariny Chheang and Program Support Officer Chanrika Keo leading a female focus group with Pu Ngaol village members.  Each year, over 10,000 first-year university students across Australia and New Zealand participate in...

Meet our Futur-neers: Emily Chung

Meet our Futur-neers: Emily Chung

Feature image: Emily renovating women’s crisis accommodation with Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer in 2018.  “I’m quite motivated by doing things other people don’t. Being one of the only female students in my engineering classes didn’t bother me. I proved that I...

Meet our Futur-neers: Elise McCaul

Meet our Futur-neers: Elise McCaul

Image: UNSW Chapter Co-President, Elise McCaul, presenting a session about her experience delivering Youth Outreach at the 2022 Futur-neers Forum.  As Elise kicked off her first year studying a Bachelor of Civil Engineering at The University of New South Wales, it...