Honour the Ocean Beach Survey Volunteers - Byron Bay

Positive Change for Marine Life

Make a difference and help to protect our oceans! Positive Change for Marine Life (PCFML) are looking for 4x Survey Project Volunteers in Byron Bay. Working in the role, you will be responsible for overseeing our Honour the Ocean (HTO) beach surveys including promotion, coordination, volunteer management, running the surveys, data collection and data input. Suitable for students looking for volunteering opportunities that truly make a difference. This 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: 5 hours per week

Duration: Not yet defined

Byron Bay

Requires face to face contact: No



- Leading fortnightly beach surveys in Byron Bay including promoting, recording, reporting-back and monitoring progress
- An ability to attract, recruit & organise volunteers through regular local advertisements, outreach and online advertising
- An ability to articulate our Honour the Ocean Marine Debris Campaign as well as the organisation’s larger campaigns, projects and direction to the public
- Contribution to media releases (in collaboration with our Engagement team and broader Byron Bay team)
- Assistance with organising annual ‘Marine Debris Challenge’ and ‘Plastic Free July’ projects in Australia and abroad
- Occasional assistance with the implementation of our Don’t be a Sucker program in Byron, as well as our other local initiatives
- Public presentations
- Being available for comment on our beach surveys and findings for local newspapers, TV and radio
- Assisting with local PCFML events (with our Events Team)
- Working with other organisations in the region on collaborative clean-ups/surveys
- Providing campaign updates and feedback to the Byron Coordinator on a monthly-basis


We expect the successful applicants will be able to run and coordinate beach surveys in Byron Bay and work closely with the Byron Bay Coordinator.

Needs to be addressed

This project addresses the importance of advertising, coordination, volunteer recruitment, and data collection in relation to marine conservation.

Benefits to students

Successful applicants will be able to implement their own ideas and flair within the organisation. They will also have a substantial amount of experience with data analysis, team collaboration, and event management.


Southern Cross University

We need volunteers who can effectively run beach surveys and collect data on marine debris, effectively communicate with the Byron Bay Coordinator and other members, and assist with organising and media management. The ideal candidate will possess the following skillset:
- Be self-motivated and self-reliant with a strong work ethic
- 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
- Be personable, outgoing, friendly and respectful
- 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 a good ‘team player’ that understands group dynamics and can attract volunteers and supporters to our Byron projects
- Bring flair and innovation to PCFML and build the organisation’s supporter base within the region


We will provide assistance with training, materials for the beach cleanups, and effective communication from the Byron Bay Coordinator.