Volunteer with UMSU!

University isn’t just about academia, it’s about forming meaningful connections and growing as a person. If you want to enrich your uni career – why not try Volunteering with UMSU! Volunteering with the student union offers vital help to students in need, worthwhile causes and the rest of the university community. We have loads of opportunities, ranging from BBQ’ing to policy making. Whatever you’re interested in, we’ve got you covered!

Check out all the great volunteering opportunities below. And bookmark this page, because we’ll be updating it throughout the year as more opportunities become available.

Women’s Mentoring Network

The Women’s Mentoring Network is a professional networking group run by the UMSU Women’s Department which enables women to meet, talk and share experiences in a casual setting. The network groups undergraduate students with postgraduate women in their field and hosts networking nights featuring key note speakers for the group at large. Support and training is provided for mentors, an opportunity for leadership that will make them more outstanding graduates in the workforce. The mentors are a sounding board and possess a wealth of experience to share with mentees.

Apply as a mentor here.

Apply as a mentee here.

Registrations close on Friday 17th March 2017.

Bike Co-op Volunteers – Environment Department

Located in the basement of the John Smyth building, just off Swanston St, the bike-coop is a place to hang out, tune and fix bikes and have fun! Every Tuesday morning we have a wonderful bike mechanic in to help students learn to fix their own bicycles, along with tools, some parts, and our enthusiastic Melbourne Uni Bike Co-op volunteers.

Volunteers at the co-op will be trained in fixing and maintaining bikes, and will be in charge of helping and teaching others to do the same. As well as this, they will help the Environment Department run fun activities like tyre craft, bike rides and more.

Sign up to become a volunteer here.

Welfare Department Volunteering Program

The Welfare Volunteer program gives students a chance to be actively involved in the department and assist in the running of both our regular and special events. It also provides a way to engage with other students in a fun, productive and supportive environment.

The Welfare volunteers work as part of a team to help deliver a wide range of events and activities for students at the university. We have a number of designated positions, which will be rotated on a regular basis:

  • Breakfast Bar Chief- In charge of manning the Breakfast Bar, as well as setting up and packing up.
  • Head BBQ Cook- Makes sure that all areas of the BBQ are manned and is in charge of cleaning/packing up.
  • Monday Mingle Coordinator- In charge of organising the games/activities/theme of the Monday Mingle.
  • Social Media Coordinator- In charge of maintaining the WeChat and Twitter accounts of the Department.
  • Campaigns Coordinator- Representing the department at stakeholder meetings for awareness weeks/campaigns.

You can find out more information in the position description here.

Sign up to the program here.

Events Organisers – Activities Department

Want to help out with Activities events in 2017? We would love to have you involved! There are so many events throughout the year that could not be possible without the help of volunteers so the more the merrier. We have a whole range of things we’ll need help with, whether it be flipping sausages at a BBQ, selling tickets to one of our many events throughout the year or helping us manage an event. You’ll get to meet new people, gain valuable skills and have the opportunity to receive certifications such as Responsible Service of Alcohol and Safe Food Handling.

It doesn’t matter how little or how much experience you have, we would love to have you on board!

Sign up to be a volunteer here.


Didn’t quite find what you were looking for?

If you just want to stay up to date with what’s going on, a lot of our departments have mailing lists, which they’ll use to regularly send updates about events they’re running and ways you can get involved. Check them out below!

Education Department
This mailing list will provide you with:

  • Information about UMSU campaigns and events
  • Opportunities to get involved with the Education Department
  • Information about teaching and learning at the University of Melbourne
  • Resources to help you make the most of your degree
  • Advice for when things go wrong

You can sign up here.

Enviro Collective
This is where we get to know each other, talk about what is going on at and around uni, to plan for events and excursions and share ideas for campaigns. Snacks provided!

To keep up to date about meeting times and events we are running, sign up to our mailing list here.

Fossil Free
Fossil Free Melbourne University is a student and alumni led group calling on the University of Melbourne to stop investing in the top 200 coal, oil and gas companies. By divesting from the companies standing in the way of action on climate change, the University can send a clear message to our political leaders that it is time to move beyond fossil fuels.

To stay up to date with the campaign and find out about opportunities to contribute to it, sign up to our mailing list here.