Volunteer Opportunity – Marine Champions Leader

Volunteer Opportunity – Marine Champions Leader

Marine Champions Youth Leader – Volunteer Position

Do you love all things marine? Love inspiring the next generation of budding marine biologist? Have experience in science education &/or science communication?

We are looking for a passionate, enthusiastic and inspiring person to join our Education & Outreach Team, as a Marine Champions Youth Leader.

The Marine Mammal Foundation (MMF) is a not-for-profit charity, scientific and education organisation ensuring what we do today, creates a better tomorrow. MMF conducts innovative and applied research; works with Australian and International scientists to establish and advance the knowledge, conservation and protection of Australia’s marine mammals; applies research findings and learnings to achieve informed and effective conservation outcomes; raises community and stakeholder knowledge of marine conservation issues and empowers change through greater awareness and action opportunities; encourages and supports the next generation via education, inquiry-based and hands-on learning opportunities.

About the role

  • Marine Champions program Leader
  • Develop and deliver education material, coordinate program dates and locations, engage new participants
  • 16 hours/week, 12-month contract, flexible workdays
  • Based in Mentone, Melbourne, travel to East Gippsland involved (with remote work considered)

The Program

The Marine Champions program is designed for young people to share their passion for marine mammals, conservation, and the environment. Through unique education opportunities, learning experiences and hands-on action, participants are given the knowledge and tools to gain a stronger understanding of marine science and sustainability.

The Marine Champions program is run in two cohorts; the Port Phillip Bay region and the Gippsland Lakes region. The program provides young people with the opportunity to meet, work and share experiences with people of all ages, while also having the opportunity to extend their knowledge in marine science, sustainability and conservation action. Participation is membership-based and incorporates school holiday programs at each location, as well as periodical in-term activities.

The Opportunity

This role will involve the creation and delivery of engaging marine environment education material and the coordination of program logistics. You will be required to develop session plans and content for all school-holiday workshops and in-term activities, for both the Port Phillip and Gippsland cohorts, devise appropriate practical activities to accompany the workshop content, and deliver these sessions in an engaging, relaxed classroom-style format. This will involve travel and overnight accommodation in East Gippsland (Paynesville/Lakes Entrance). You will also contribute to sourcing and booking program venues, communicating program details to participants and their families, advertising to and processing new applicants, budgeting program expenses, and applying for grants to fund program works. This will all involve working closely with other Marine Champions Leaders and MMF staff.


  • Passion for conservation, environment, community engagement
  • Tertiary qualification (completed or underway) in science and/or education
  • Experience in working with and educating young people
  • Willingness to work extended hours when required 
  • Willingness to travel to program locations, including overnight where necessary
  • Creativity, team working skills, excellent communication skills (verbal and written), excellent organisational skills
  • Working With Children’s Check
  • First Aid training

To apply, please send a cover letter outlining your experience, your CV and two referees to


by 11th June 2021

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