River Warriors - Brunswick River

Positive Change for Marine Life

Are you looking to make a difference and take environment action? Positive Change for Marine Life (PCFML) are looking for volunteer River Warriors Project Coordinators. Working along the Brunswick River, you will help with River Warriors kayak-based surveys. Suitable for students looking for volunteering opportunities that truly make a difference. Thus project would also suit students enrolled in ENV00224, SCI0011 or COM30001.

Working on this project you will make a difference in Key Impact Area: Environment; Sustainable Development Goal: Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11).


Availability: Approved

Time required: 4 hours per week

Duration: Not yet defined

Byron Bay

Requires face to face contact: Yes



- Assisting with monthly kayak-based marine debris surveys and monitoring of the Brunswick River, including promoting, recording and reporting- back progress
- Coordination of the project including: managing volunteers and rosters; running OH&S safety briefings; and being responsible for all data recording and campaign gear
- An ability to articulate our River Warriors Campaign as well as the organisation’s larger campaigns, projects and direction to the broader general public
- Contribution to media releases, blogs and social media posts (in collaboration with our Engagement team and broader Byron Bay team)
- Public presentations
- Being available for comment on the River Warriors program and our findings for local newspapers, TV and radio
- Working closely/sharing information with other organisations and partners in the region


The role will include transporting our trailer and kayaks; running marine debris surveys with our volunteer team and members of the public; collecting debris; entering data into our spreadsheets; setting-up and packing-down kayak and campaign gear; photography and filming; being responsible for coordination and volunteer management of the program; as well as liaising with our media team to send public-facing updates on the campaign.

Needs to be addressed

This project addresses aiding and organising the river cleans in Brunswick River. The successful applicants will work closely with our Byron Bay Coordinator and the Positive Change for Marine Life Engagement team.

Benefits to students

Students will receive important data input and analysis skills, assist with managing media, and present on important environmental and marine science issues.


Southern Cross University

We need two volunteers who have effective communication skills, can thrive in teams, and have strong passion for marine conservation. Ideal candidates will possess the following skillset and certificates:
- Be self-motivated and self-reliant with a strong work ethic
- Be a strong swimmer and experienced kayaker with at least a medium level of fitness and an ability to lift at least 20kg
- Possess a current First-Aid certification recognised in NSW
- Access to a 4WD vehicle and the ability to tow a trailer to and from storage location at Tallebudgera Creek to kayak launch and retrieval locations would be highly regarded
- Understand basic OH&S principles and abide by all of PCFML’s OH&S standards and guidelines
- Possess an ability to articulate marine conservation issues in a story telling manner:
* Relate issues to real people
* Know target audience
* Ability to articulate conservation efforts to general audience
- Possess an ability to articulate sustainable alternatives to harmful marine practices (vision);
- Network, build relationships and represent PCFML in a professional manner;
- Have a strong passion for marine conservation
- Be personable, outgoing, friendly and respectful
- Be a good ‘team player’ that understands group dynamics and can attract volunteers and supporters to our projects
- Bring flair and innovation to PCFML and build the organisation’s supporter base within the region


We will provide some training and assistance for the volunteers, however, volunteers should make note of of specific requirements as outlined above.