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.



Position Available: Volunteer Recruitment Manager 

The Volunteer Recruitment Manager (VRM) needs excellent communication and organisational skills to manage TOP’s national volunteer recruitment. You can be based anywhere as the tasks can all be completed online

This is a volunteer position that will require up to four hours a week. The position will be for an initial three-month trial period.

Under supervision of the National Manager, the VRM will:

  • maintain the volunteer recruitment information on the TOP website (
  • maintain information on websites to promote volunteer recruitment (e.g. SEEK Volunteer)
  • respond to email enquiries about volunteering (within 24 hours)
  • forward completed volunteer applications to the relevant Regional Rep
  • assess applications for new Regional Reps including checking their referees
  • maintain the starter packs for new Regional Reps and circulate as required
  • develop ways to maintain and increase the number of volunteers
  • develop ways to increase the number of Regional Reps across Australia
  • write and circulate media releases to promote volunteer recruitment, and
  • other activities identified in the TOP Volunteer Strategy.

We want to hear from you! Email us ( with up to 150 words about yourself and why you would like this position. Please provide the name and phone number of a person who can verify your skills and give a character reference.

Please note that this volunteer position does not include handling or seeing orangutans.


Position available: Regional Representative

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! Email us ( with details of which town/city/district interests you and in 150 words or less, outline why you would like to do the position and what your skills are.


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.