The Centre for Volunteering’s Volunteer Referral Service (VRS) assists not-for-profit organisations find suitable, high-quality volunteers. The VRS team will work closely with you to understand and meet your organisation’s needs.
Listing a volunteer job with the VRS?
You can list a volunteer vacancy with the VRS online by submitting a job description form.
When we receive your job description all the information will be entered into the VRS database and the role then advertised online. Prospective volunteers can then express interest in your job and register with the VRS.
Completing the job description form
In order to match the most suitable candidates to your role it is important that job descriptions are detailed enough to allow the VRS interviewers to fully understand the scope of your job. During an interview volunteers are informed of the main functions of the job and the skills required to perform the various tasks, as well as any specific requirements you may have.
A little extra time taken in defining your volunteer job description may result in significant time saving later. We are available to discuss any special requirements you may have and assist you with developing a role description.
Where are the volunteer roles advertised?
Potential volunteers are then able to apply with the VRS online and express interest in your position.
Skilled volunteer roles may also be advertised in the Sydney Morning Herald’s HelpDesk column appearing on Saturday and Monday.
How are volunteers matched to jobs?
Volunteers who telephone the VRS or who register online are entered into the VRS database. We then interview them either face-to-face at The Centre’s office or by telephone. (All of the VRS interviewers are also volunteers).
The interviewer uses the information collected during the interview, such as interests, type of volunteer work sought, availability and location, to search the database for suitable jobs.
Please note that this interview is a preliminary screening process. It is designed to ascertain the volunteer’s needs, experience and skills in order to determine if they are suitable to refer.
The VRS does not conduct in-depth discussions on the volunteer’s qualifications and previous job experience. This is more appropriate to be done when they are being interviewed by the organisation.
Receiving a volunteer referral
When an interviewer feels that a candidate has met the basic criteria of your job, they will refer the volunteer to you. The interviewer sends you an email providing the name and contact numbers for the volunteer. The volunteer is also asked to contact you directly to make a suitable time for an interview.
What is expected of an organisation?
The VRS team does its best to promote your volunteer positions and when successful, the potential volunteers are often very keen to make contact with you. As part of best practice please return calls from volunteers, and/or let them know the status of their application in a timely manner.
Unfortunately, we know from experience, that failure to do so receives poor feedback and can even deter potential volunteers from volunteering in the future.
When a job is filled
Please advise the VRS when your volunteer job has been filled. We can then remove it from the database and websites to ensure no more candidates are referred.
Do you want to move forward?
Please feel free to phone the VRS Coordinator on 02 9261 3600 to discuss any special requirements or for any assistance you may need.