JCU marine biology student explains how to get volunteer experience while studying in Australia
Remember JCU marine biology student Kessia? Well, she’s back with more great advice. This time, Kessia chats about gaining valuable volunteer experience while you are studying in Australia!When I first started uni, all the lecturers encouraged us to get volunteering experience. Lots of emphasis was put on it and we were told how this was the way to get a job in the future. Volunteering allows you to put into practice what you have learned in your lectures to the real-world situations.
I’ve put together a few tips on how to get volunteering, more specifically in the science field.
- Talk to your lecturers
- Join the volunteer list at JCU
- Join the Facebook group
- Research facilities
- Other organisations
- Australian Marine Conservation Society on Magnetic Island
- Conservation Volunteers Australia
- NQ Dry Tropics – helps with beach clean-ups
- Reek Check Australia – they offer training programs on how to collect data on the reef
- Australian Institute of Marine Science – A government organisation that runs several research experiments on the Great Barrier Reef. You would need a supervisor/lecturer willing to sponsor your volunteering there.
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
- Reef HQ
Marine biology at JCUThink you might be interested in marine biology? JCU’s location in the tropics allows students and research staff ready access to a wide variety of tropical marine systems including coral reefs, tropical estuaries, mangrove habitats and seagrass beds. Links between research and teaching programs ensure that students are at the cutting edge of marine research.
Program: Master of Science (Marine Biology and Ecology)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Duration: 1.5 years
Semester intakes: July or February
Application deadline: June 29 and January 30 each year
Entry requirements: Completion of a recognised, appropriate undergraduate degree attaining a minimum of 65% or equivalent prior learning including appropriate professional experience.