What is the Skilled Volunteering Weekly Alert?

The Skilled Volunteering Weekly Alert connects not-for-profit organisations looking to recruit volunteers for short-term or long-term positions with skilled, experienced volunteers.

The Skilled Volunteering Weekly Alert has three simultaneous ways of advertising skilled volunteer positions:

  1. Advertised in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Help Desk column on the inside back page of the News Review section on Saturdays and on the inside back page of the main news section on Mondays. Help Desk advertises five volunteer positions every Monday and three on Saturdays.
  2. Published on the website’s current volunteer jobs every Monday.
  3. Emailed to volunteers every Monday in the Skilled Volunteering Weekly Alert.

Who can use the Alert?

Organisations using the Alert need to be members of The Centre for Volunteering. Find out more about the wide variety of benefits and services available to members of The Centre. You may be surprised at how little it costs to be a member.

What types of volunteer jobs can I advertise in the Alert?

We focus on volunteer jobs that are:

  • Professional volunteer jobs
    Professional volunteer jobs require a university degree and/or recognised professional qualification and include medical practitioners, lawyers, accountants, auditors, teachers, nurses etc.
  • Senior management volunteer jobs
    Senior management jobs require senior management experience in the private and/or public sectors. They include (but not limited to) board members, directors, partners, principles, senior managers, management consultants etc.
  • Technical or trade volunteer jobs
    These jobs require either a recognised trade qualification such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, mechanic etc or other technical or trade positions requiring training and experience, including IT (i.e. non university degree).
  • Specialist volunteer jobs
    This category covers other jobs requiring a qualification or special experience or training including language tutors, sporting coaches, music teachers etc. Specialist jobs may also include jobs which do not require a qualification, but may require special personal attributes or experience.
  • Urgent or critical volunteer jobs
    Urgent or critical jobs are those which are essential to the successful functioning of an organisation or event.
  • Unique, interesting, or unusual volunteer jobs
    Unique, interesting, or unusual volunteer jobs have included overseas jobs (eg in developing countries) which will benefit the local community. They are unusual or different by nature. These jobs are of great value to our target audience of The Sydney Morning Heraldand have always been very successful.

What kind of jobs aren’t suitable for the Alert?

The Alert is not always able to advertise all the requests for positions it receives. However, any position can be advertised through The Centre for Volunteering’s volunteer referral service which advertises jobs on The Centre’s website, Seek Volunteer and GoVolunteer. As people express interest in your job our referral service interviews them and identifies suitable volunteers who we refer onto your organisation.

How are jobs selected for the Alert?

Our weekly selection process of volunteer jobs for the Alert is based on a number of factors:

  • Job type – first priority is given to skilled, professional and urgent jobs.
  • Space availability in column.
  • The need to provide as many organisations as possible with the opportunity to use the Alert on a regular basis.
  • The need to feature a variety of job types and organisations.
  • The Centre’s policy to assist as many organisations as possible in successfully filling their volunteer jobs through the Alert on a regular basis.