Volun­teer

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Put­ting togeth­er an event of the scale and qual­ity of TEDx­Can­ber­ra requires sev­er­al thou­sand hours of volun­teer effort, from a team of around 25 people, with an exten­ded, on-the-day team closer to the event. Just like any small organ­isa­tion, every­one has a spe­cific, defined role they are respons­ible for (we’re big on respons­ib­il­ity). Every­one also pitches in where and how they can if help is needed.

Our volun­teers take on roles at three levels:

  • Core Team – you’ll be com­mit­ting to a full year of involve­ment with TEDx­Can­ber­ra, poten­tially for sev­er­al hours each week. There are reg­u­lar week­end meet­ings to attend (usu­ally on a Sunday), and we often hold meet­ings after reg­u­lar work hours.
  • Part time – a role where you can offer blocks of time across the year as you are avail­able. You are wel­come, but not required, to attend week­end meet­ings (usu­ally on a Sunday), and may some­times need to attend meet­ings after reg­u­lar work hours.
  • On-the-day – a role where you will be needed for about 4 – 5 days, mostly on week­ends, as a major event approaches. You are wel­come, but not required, to attend week­end meet­ings (usu­ally on a Sunday), and may some­times need to attend meet­ings after reg­u­lar work hours.

So, am I right for TEDx­Can­ber­ra?

Because we’re all volun­teers, the first ques­tion you need to ask your­self is “will I have the time?” The answer is “it depends”. Volun­teer­ing for TEDx­Can­ber­ra can take as little as an hour a week, and very occa­sion­ally, be like a second full-time job. You need to be pre­pared for that. And pre­pared to be open with your col­leagues about your real life demands – work, home, school, rela­tion­ships, hob­bies and sports, and so on.

The next ques­tion you might want to ask is “what kind of per­son suits TEDx­Can­ber­ra?” That’s more com­plic­ated, but in essence, we hire for three factors, weighted like this:

  • cul­tur­al fit at 50 per­cent – no mat­ter how stel­lar a candidate’s skills are, if they don’t fit well with your team, it won’t work out for any­one involved
  • atti­tude at 30 per­cent – we seek out people who have toppled chal­lenges with very lim­ited resources and who will just jump in and make things hap­pen
  • smarts and skills at 20 per­cent – we’re look­ing for people with good core skills for the job they do, but who will also look for oppor­tun­it­ies to learn and who can adapt quickly

If you’re inter­ested in volun­teer­ing for TEDx­Can­ber­ra, please check out what jobs are cur­rently avail­able.