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Volunteer Coordinator (Volunteer / Internship)

Yarra Riverkeeper Association


At the Yarra Riverkeeper Association (YRKA), we believe that the Yarra, Birrarung – our beautiful, spiritually significant, and resilient river – brings life, joy, and balance along its 242 kilometres journey from source to sea. The river we know and love is not just water, but land and people, community, and culture – together as one living and integrated natural entity from source to sea.

Founded in 2005, the Yarra Riverkeeper Association is the community voice of the Yarra, Birrarung. We are a for-purpose (not-for-profit), apolitical, grass-roots organisation that works with communities, traditional owners, governments (local, State, and Federal), statutory authorities, and businesses to advocate for the river's health.

As Melbourne's population grows and the climate crisis worsens, the Yarra/Birrarung comes under increasing environmental pressure, pollution, and habitat fragmentation. Riverkeepers are vital to keeping the Yarra, Birrarung healthy.

Our vision is a healthy, protected and loved river. Every day we work to make this possible through advocacy, education, community engagement and on-the-ground litter and regeneration programs.

The Yarra Riverkeeper Association is a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a worldwide network of more than 350 inspiring, determined organisations in 49 countries dedicated to protecting the world's waterways. Founded in 1999, it brings together all Waterkeeper organisations to strengthen and grow a global movement for healthy and clean water to be enjoyed by all.


We are looking for a detail-oriented and focused volunteer coordinator to be responsible for our volunteer database and volunteer opportunities. The key responsibilities include the recruitment and training of new volunteers, collecting and organising volunteer information to pair volunteer skill levels with appropriate positions and duties, keeping volunteers informed and conveying the organisations’ purpose to the public.

A successful volunteer coordinator will be thorough in information collection and administration as well as having a passion for volunteer work. They will uphold the values of the Yarra Riverkeepers Association while ensuring volunteer satisfaction in their positions.


  • Recruiting, training, and supervising new volunteers
  • Collecting volunteer information, availability and skills and maintaining an up-to-date database
  • Using marketing tools for emails, outreach programs and volunteer databases
  • Updating new and existing volunteers about opportunities within the organisation
  • Matching volunteers to opportunities that suit their skill level


  • Interest in environmental issues
  • Knowledge of sustainability and water policy preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to the vision and mission of the Yarra Riverkeeper Association
  • Attention to detail and diligence
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as in a team
  • Understanding of how to use Canva, Microsoft Office suite
  • Previous experience using Mailchimp and WildApricot will be favourable


4 - 8 hours a week

6 - 12 months

For any questions, feel free to email careers@yarrariver.org.au, using the subject line: Volunteer Coordinator (Volunteer / Internship) enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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