Be a Volunteer
Volunteers are highly valued in the City of Adelaide as volunteer activities contribute significantly to the positive experiences of residents, businesses, visitors and students. The City of Adelaide has a diversity of volunteer roles available for individuals and families.
Our Volunteer Vision
Volunteers will be given the opportunity to share their passions, abilities and skills in meaningful ways that strengthen community capacity. Activities of City of Adelaide’s Volunteer Program create a sense of belonging, enable creative expression, promote social inclusion, challenge inequity, encourage sustainable practices, and promote wellbeing in city communities. Activities of City of Adelaide’s Volunteer Program contribute to delivery of the City of Adelaide 2016 - 2020 Strategic Plan.
Below is all the information you need and a step-by-step guide to get started:
- Read the Volunteer Handbook and Frequently Asked Questions.
- Consider the vacancies listed and read the associated role statement.
- Consider your availability, interest and ability to undertake the role and whether you can commit to a minimum of six months.
- Apply for a vacant position using the online application system.
- You will receive an email to acknowledge receipt of your application. Short listed applicants will be invited to attend a short interview to discuss their application.
- Once approved as a Volunteer you will go through a short induction process that includes learning more about Work Health and Safety guidelines, completing a National Criminal History Clearance application form, signing the Code of Conduct and other general information.
- Following this you will meet with your assigned Volunteer Supervisor for an on-site induction to the area that you will volunteer.
While giving back to the community, volunteering also has benefits for your health and well being; Esme Barratt, a Community Wellbeing Project Officer at the City of Adelaide, explores why volunteering could be just as good for you as it is for others, here.
The following list shows the diversity of volunteer roles. When a vacancy occurs in any of these roles it will be posted on the Volunteer Vacancies page:
- Adelaide City Guides
- Adelaide Greeter
- Administration - Community Centres
- Bushland - Wirrarninthi (Park 23)
- BMX - City Dirt
- Central Market Visitor Information Booth
- Civic Events – Adelaide Town Hall
- Computer Tutor - Community Centres
- Digital Hub - Adelaide City Libraries
- English as a Second Language (Conversation sessions) - Community Centres
- Spanish, French, Arabic & Mandarin Language (Conversation Sessions) - Community Centres
- History Hub - Adelaide City Libraries
- Home Library Service - Adelaide City Libraries
- Innovation Lab - Adelaide City Libraries
- Justice of the Peace - Adelaide City Libraries and Community Centres
- Media Lab - Adelaide City Libraries
- Shelving - Adelaide City Libraries
- Central Market Community Shopping Bus Assistant
- Healthy Ageing Social Outings
- Tour Guide – Adelaide Town Hall
- Visitor Information Centre - James Place
There are other city based volunteer organisations you may wish to explore if City of Adelaide does not have a vacancy to suit your interest area.
Opportunities now exist for parents/guardians and their children to spend quality time together volunteering in the Bushland restoration program in the Wirrarninthi area (Park 23) on the first Saturday of each month.
Volunteer of the Year
Nigel Jordan, Volunteer with BMX City Dirt won the City of Adelaide 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award.
For 10 years, averaging 60 volunteer hours a month (on top of his full time job and raising his kids), Nigel has demonstrated qualities that have inspired inclusion, excellence, collaboration, commitment, honesty and respect and has taken on change in a constructive positive manner, encouraging the greater bmx culture in Adelaide, interstate and nationally.
Affectionately referred to as “Trail Dad”, Nigel loves nothing more than digging, maintaining and running the logistical side of the BMX Hub. Liaising with council, fundraising for equipment and organising the annual jam and various other programs and projects with co-BMX volunteers (aka “Trail Bosses”) are some of his inspiring traits.
Read the latest version of the Volunteer Newsletter here.
Are there any age restrictions?
The majority of volunteer roles are designed for people who are 18 years and older however there are family volunteering opportunities for younger people to volunteer with their parent or guardian. The Volunteer Coordinator can provide more information about this.
How long does the process take?
It depends on the role you are successful in gaining. Every volunteer will go through an induction process which in some cases can be completed in under 2 hours. All roles will require a police check which may take a few weeks to complete. Some roles will require specific training to be undertaken before you can start.
What is the required time commitment?
The hours vary depending on what area of volunteering you choose. Many roles will require you to commit a minimum of three hours per week for six months. In most cases you will decide how many hours you are willing to commit. There is no maximum amount specified. The hours are determined by the nature of the volunteer role and the amount of work to be done.
What if I am unable to commit long term?
Due to the time spent placing and training volunteers and the nature of most voluntary roles, it is preferred that volunteers commit to at least six months. This can be negotiated with the Volunteer Supervisor.
Can I get a reference?
Yes, we are happy to provide a reference. However, you need to have regularly volunteered with the Council for a minimum period of three months.
Is there a chance that I might gain paid work in the organisation if I volunteer first?
You are invited to submit job applications for external vacancies, and will be given the same consideration as the general public. All external vacancies appear on the City of Adelaide's website.
Will I incur any out of pocket expenses?
Adelaide City Council will reimburse any out of pocket expenses which are incurred whilst performing volunteer duties as pre-approved by the Volunteer Supervisor.
Do you accept student placements/ work experience?
Student/ work experience placements are not considered voluntary work. For more information please contact the City of Adelaide's People and Culture Program on 8203 7203.
Do I have to have a police check?
Yes, as part of Council's recruitment process we ask all volunteers to undertake a National Criminal History Clearance. There is no cost to volunteers for this, and the clearance will need to be renewed every three years.
Am I covered by insurance whilst volunteering?
Yes, City of Adelaide volunteers are protected whilst undertaking volunteer duties as detailed in the relevant role statement and directed by the Volunteer Supervisor. Council provides personal accident insurance, as well as public liability insurance.