Volunteering Skills Sought
Fungimap social media intern (voluntary position)
In order to grow our membership base and increase awareness of both Fungimap and fungi in general, we would like to begin using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The social media intern role is intended to research and develop an appropriate social media policy specific to Fungimap, and then to use Facebook, Twitter and/or other social media to further Fungimap’s goals and increase traffic on our website and purchasing of our products and services. We anticipate that this role would require 2 hours commitment per week.
This role would require:
Approximately 2 hours availability per week, on an ongoing basis (minimum 6 months)
Familiarity with using Facebook and Twitter
Understanding of, and passion for, the environment
Commitment to the objectives of Fungimap
Excellent communication skills
Bookshop manager (voluntary position)
One of Fungimap’s main sources of income is through sales of our field guide Fungi Down Under and other books that we sell through our bookshop. In 2013 Fungimap launched an online bookshop and sales have been increasing. We’re looking for a committed volunteer to manage our bookshop.
The role would include:
· Receiving mail and electronic orders
· Processing payments and entering data into MYOB, our accounting software
· Packing and posting books
· Doing stocktakes and ordering more books
· Sourcing additional new books to add to our shop
· Promoting Fungimap bookstore and Fungi Down Under
· There is also potential to expand the role to include other opportunities, as desired.
We anticipate that the role would require between one half to one full day per week during the second half of the year and one day per week during the first half of the year (the fungi season).
We’re looking for someone with experience in administration, book keeping, or retail who is looking for an ongoing opportunity to volunteer. Additionally, computer literacy is a requirement, and experience using MYOB would be useful, but is not integral. Training will be provided.
Fungimap is hosted by the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and is located in the National Herbarium of Victoria. If you are interested in learning more about the natural sciences we believe you would enjoy this opportunity.
If you would like to apply for this role, please email or call Blanche Higgins (in the office Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) at
or by phone at 03 92522374.
Artists, photographers, illustrators and designers
Fungimap has a number of projects coming up for print and online publications that would be greatly enhanced by the involvement of visual artists and designers.
Students and researchers
Students and researchers are welcome to use our data for their research as long as Fungimap is appropriately credited and the outcomes of the research will be publicly available. If you are interested in doing research on Australian fungi but are unsure of the topic, see our suggested research topics here.
Additionally, opportunities occasionally arise for internships to assist with producing research reports or analysing data.
Finally, student helpers are required for our annual events; students receive a scholarship to attend the conference or festival in return for assisting the Coordinator for a few hours prior to and during the event.
Environmental experts and botanists
Fungimap produces a number of high-quality educational products, such as Fungi Down Under and the Fungimap CD-Rom which would not be possible without the volunteered input of our network of professional and highly-trained amateur mycologists, environmental scientists, and botanists.
Speakers, Educators, and Science Communicators
Fungimap would welcome speakers and educators who are comfortable manning community/information stalls at community events, giving talks to groups in their own community, or who would be interested in putting together print or other educational materials about Australian fungi to be delivered to youth or adult audiences. Some knowledge of Australian fungi is desired, but of greater importance is good oral and written communication skills and an ability to get people excited about Australia's magnificent fungal diversity. Access to Fungimap's library of photographs and species information will be provided.