Steps to Volunteering

Volunteers are not paid — not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.

Marine Rescue NSW Volunteers

There are a whole range of reasons why we want to help you and your steps towards volunteering.  Volunteering is great not only for those who are helped and the community, but for volunteers too!

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering can deliver a wealth of benefits including:

  • A means of building self-esteem and/or confidence
  • A great way to learn or develop skills and interests
  • A pathway to enhance work experience
  • A step towards enhancing your health and getting active
  • A way to meet new people or broaden your social circle
  • As an expression of gratitude for help you may have received
  • The chance to support a cause you feel strongly about, and
  • Being able to make a real difference to your community.

Keen to volunteer?  What are the steps to volunteering?

Find out how with these steps to volunteering:

1. Attend a free introductory seminar

Bridge to Volunteering is a free, weekly seminar for new volunteers where you will find out about the benefits, rights and responsibilities of volunteers and organisations. We recommend you attend a session before you start volunteering. Bridge to Volunteering workshops are held weekly on Fridays 10.30am- 12.30pm. Bookings are essential. Book here.

2. See what types of volunteer roles are available

Find a volunteer role or roles that interest you by searching the following listings. Make note of the role number for each role you are interested in.

3. Sign up to our Skilled Volunteering Weekly Alert newsletter.

You can sign up to our weekly Skilled Volunteering newsletter which showcases a sample of volunteer roles available. Sign up here

If you would like to be notified of Special Event volunteering opportunities sign up here.

View Skilled Volunteering openings

4. Complete a Volunteer Registration Form or submit an Expression of Interest through the volunteering Portal

Once you have completed the Volunteer Registration Form  it is sent to the Volunteer Referral Service (VRS).  Your details are entered into the volunteer database so that the VRS can help match you with a volunteer opportunity that suits your interests, skills and values.

If you have previously registered and been interviewed and are looking for a new volunteer job, call the VRS team on 02 9261 3600 Monday-Friday, 10am – 3:30pm.

Note: Please include the role number if you have found something you are interested in.

5. Make a date for an interview

Once your application has been received and processed, the VRS team will send you an email confirming your registration. Call the VRS team to make a date and time to interview you. Your interview can be done over the phone with the VRS interviewers or face-to-face at our office in The Rocks, Sydney.

During your interview you can tell us about your skills, interests and availability and we will look for a volunteer role that will work for you. We can also refer you to your nearest local volunteer referral centre if Sydney is too far away from you.

6. Get matched to a volunteer role

During your interview we will try to match you to the volunteer role you expressed interest in. If this isn’t possible, we will try to match you to another role that suits you.

We will then provide you with the details of the organisation offering the position or positions and all of the basic information about the roles. We also send the organisation confirmation that you have been interviewed and referred to them.

7. Contact the not-for-profit organisation

When we refer you to an organisation we will give you their contact details and send them yours. You must contact the organisation yourself to discuss the volunteer role. Please contact the organisation as soon as possible to express your interest and to arrange further contact with the organisation.

Do you still have a question about volunteering? View our FAQs

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