Volunteer

Volunteering for Environmental Justice Australia offers people an opportunity to gain experience in public interest environment law, and to help EJA. Volunteers make an invaluable contribution to our work and how much we can do for the community.

Our in-house volunteer programs are for law students and lawyers only. Other volunteers who assist in many areas of EJA work include professionals such as solicitors, barristers and experts. Contact us to find out more.

Student volunteers

Law student volunteers answer the phones, undertake legal research, assist on casework and projects and carry out administrative tasks. We run two volunteer programs for law students:

1) Day Volunteer Program (March-November)

2) Internship Program (November-February; June-July)

Day volunteer placement program

The Day Volunteer Placement Program begins in March. Volunteers work one full day per week for a minimum of one semester. Rosters are organised each semester, finalising at the end of February and late July. If a casual vacancy arises during semester, applications on file will be reviewed.

Who should apply?

Law students with an interest in environmental issues and environmental law.

When to apply

You can submit your application at any time then update us with your availability once timetables are out. Please make sure that you do remember to advise us. Exact cutoff dates will be advertised on this website and through the Environmental Justice Australia e-Bulletin.

How to apply

To apply for the day program, complete the form below and send it to the address on the form together with your CV and academic transcript:

Day (Semester) Volunteer Application - electronic (Word form; download and save on your computer to complete electronically)

Day (Semester) Volunteer Application - paper (PDF, 68KB; print and complete by hand)

Please note: we need to be able to see that you have a genuine commitment to use your legal skills to protect the environment and/or for social justice, so don’t just tell us you love the environment – make sure your CV shows us. Include all your environmental and social justice engagement.

Volunteer internships

Volunteers work full-time for 2 consecutive weeks over the summer (between November and February) or over the winter break between semesters (June/July).

Intern work might include assisting staff with casework, law reform and policy projects, and researching and updating publications.

Who should apply?

Law students with an interest in environmental issues and environmental law. Later-year law students and those pursuing additional study in a related field such as science or environmental policy are strongly encouraged to apply.

When to apply

Applications are accepted at any time for consideration in the next program. Applications usually close in May and September; exact due dates will be advertised on this website, through the Environmental Justice Australia e-Bulletin and via universities where possible.

How to apply

Complete the form below (either by hand or electronically in Word) and send it to the address on the form together with your CV and list of subjects studied.

Internship Application - paper (PDF, 95KB; print and complete by hand)

Internship Application - electronic (Word form; download and save on your computer to complete electronically)

Please note: we need to be able to see that you have a genuine commitment to use your legal skills to protect the environment and/or for social justice, so don’t just tell us you love the environment – make sure your CV shows us. Include all your environmental and social justice engagement.

Applications for winter 2017 close on Monday 15 May 2017 at 5pm.

If you have further questions contact Mandy Johnson.


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