About this organisation

The Orangutan Project (TOP) is a dynamic, fast-growing and successful not-for-profit organisation that fights for orangutan conservation by securing land and rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing ex-captive orangutans. Our activities have positive flow-on effects that protect other endangered species such as the Sumatran tiger, elephant and rhino, as well as indigenous communities in the remaining rainforest in Borneo and Sumatra.


TOP relies on volunteers in many regions to promote the organisation and raise funds to go directly toward saving endangered orangutans and their habitat. The involvement of our wonderful volunteers enables TOP to raise critically needed funds for conservation activities on the ground in Borneo and Sumatra.

Are you interested in joining a community of like-minded people to raise funds to protect critical rainforest habitat, to support orangutan care centres, rehabilitation and release programs? We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers  to become a Regional Representative in their town/ city/ district to fundraise to help save orangutans.


Part-time Paid Position available: Volunteers Fundraising Manager (VFM) (published 22nd August 2018)

Please note, this is a work-from-home position - this is not an officed based-role.

Want to help save orangutans? Have you got excellent communication and organisational skills? Join our awesome team. You can be based anywhere in Australia to fill this virtual part-time position. This is a paid position for a minimum of 8 paid hours a week and an additional 8 volunteer hours a week (for a three month trial period). After the trial periond there will a review of the hours with a view to increase if required - so there needs to be a willingness to work additional paid hours.

The Orangutan Project (TOP) is a dynamic, fast-growing and successful not-for-profit organisation. We are seeking a new Volunteers Fundraising Manager to manage our volunteer program and to support major fundraising events, both in Australia and internationally.

TOP highly values our wonderful volunteers and the enormous contribution they make. Our volunteers help to raise much-needed funds and awareness about the urgency for the conservation of critically-endangered orangutans and their forest homes.

Under supervision of the Development Director, the VFM will be responsible for the following tasks and to achieve targets as specified.

Manage and support volunteers (both in Australia and internationally):

  • contribute to and implement activities in the TOP Volunteer Strategy
  • manage and support all volunteers by developing and maintaining processes, guides and resources
  • manage Assistant Volunteers Manager to assist in supporting volunteers
  • supervise the Volunteers Recruitment Manager and Volunteer Recruitment Assistant
  • assist Regional Representatives to achieve their fundraising targets

Target: volunteers fundraise a minimum of AUD$200,000 in 2018-19, and a growth rate of 20 per cent or more each following year

  • chair bimonthly meetings with Regional Representatives
  • select merchandise products for volunteers to sell
  • arrange promotional material for stalls (posters, banners, handouts)
Skills required
  1. Experience and skills in managing groups of volunteers.
  2. Experience and skills in managing and supporting leaders of fundraising teams.
  3. Experience with email and document editing/management (TOP uses Gmail and Google Apps/G-Suite)
  1. Experience in working in medium/large charities, or similar.
  2. Experience in working in an international environment. 
  3. Relevant qualification in Human Resources.
  4. Knowledge of regulation and policies surrounding volunteers and fundraising. 

Note: As this is a work from home role, you will need your own computer and internet connection. 

To apply, email with a pitch of up to 500 words about yourself, your skills and why you would like this position, along with a your resume (2 page maximum). Please provide the name and phone number of a person who can verify your skills and give a character reference.


Volunteer Position available: Regional Representative for ACT

As a TOP Regional Representative, you will build and manage a team of volunteers to undertake fundraising activities in your town/city/district. Your main activity will be to organise stalls at markets, shopping centres or festivals to collect donations and to sell orangutan adoptions and merchandise.

Your excellent organisational skills will be used to coordinate and inspire your team to hold fundraising events, which might include (but not limited to): dinners, wine/cheese nights, trash & treasure, movie nights, school presentations or quiz nights. There may be occasional opportunities to work with other Regional Representatives to jointly hold large fundraising events.

Regional Representatives are responsible for banking, managing the merchandise (using Excel spreadsheet), training new volunteers and responding to email enquiries within 24 hours. On average, a Regional Representative will contribute a minimum of 8 hours per month. Reps are supported by and report to TOP’s National Manager. Note these are volunteer positions and you need to be 18 years or over (if you are under 18 years old, you can still volunteer to help a Regional Rep, but you will need parental/guardian permission).

We want to hear from you!

Contact if you have any questions about volunteering, otherwise all applications must be via the link below.

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Volunteer Position available: Volunteer support (All states)

Volunteers take on all sorts of roles and the amount of time you contribute is flexible. You can choose which role you do and when you do it, knowing that all funds raised go directly to saving orangutans. No experience is needed as you get to learn from your friendly Regional Representative and other enthusiastic volunteers. Activities might include: organising fundraising events, coordinating or helping at stalls to collect donations, sell orangutan adoptions and merchandise, selling fundraising chocolates, school presentations or helping at tin shakes to collect donations (maybe wearing an orangutan mascot suit!). You might also like to help the Regional Representative with a coordination role, such as managing raffles, merchandise, organising stalls or events, school presentations or fundraising chocolates/cookies. Any time you can contribute will help to save orangutans.

Contact if you have any questions about volunteering, otherwise all applications must be via the link below.

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