Volunteering

Are you interested in volunteering with GovHack for 2019?

GovHack is about encouraging and celebrating our technical and creative capacity in Australia and New Zealand, connecting citizens with the government for great outcomes, and building upon the social and economic value of open government data. We collaborate to work across the whole community, bringing government; industry; academia and civil society together, to achieve amazing things.

GovHack is free to attend and participate in. Volunteers coordinate all the necessary components for the competition so participants only need to bring themselves and their devices to compete. We invite you to come and learn more about running a hackathon and working with open government data- join us in delivering GovHack for its 10th year anniversary!

We currently have the following positions available. Further information on each role is available below.

Board (GovHack Australia Limited)
We are open to taking board applications, please email board@govhack.org with your expression of interest.

National Operations Team
We are looking for people to fill the following roles on our National Operations Team. Please note you must have past GovHack experience to be considered on a National level. If you are not interested in any of the positions below but would like to volunteer on a National level, let us know how you can be of assistance to the team and what skills you bring!

  • Competition Team
    • 1 Competition Lead
    • 1 Data Lead
    • 1 System Support Officer
  • Digital & Marketing Team
    • Social Media Content Producer(s)
    • Website Content Producer(s)

State / Territory Operations Team
We are looking for Volunteers in all States / Territories, to be apart of their regions GovHack State Operations team. If you are also interested in taking on a leading role, we are looking for a State Director in the Northern Territory. Please only apply for this if you have previous GovHack experience at a State or National level and are located in Northern Territory.

  • Northern Territory Director
  • WA / NT / SA/ QLD / NSW / VIC/ ACT Operations Team

 

 

National Operations Team- Competition Team

Competition Lead

The GovHack Competition Lead ensures the competition is a fair process for all competitors and meets policy decisions made. They are involved in ensuring a fair and equitable competition, with relevant themes.

Essential Skills & Experience:

  • Past GovHack experience
  • Previous judging experience
  • Google suite experience
  • Great teamwork skills

As the Competition Lead, you will:

  • Assist in planning and coordinating the GovHack competition in 2019.
  • Assist and coordinate with the judging of the National and State Competition.
  • Provide co-ordination and leadership to Sponsors in developing their challenges.
  • Liaise with the hackerspace development team to ensure the competition elements are implemented and tested to meet the needs of hackers and judges.
  • Ensure all infrastructure and objectives of the competition are met.
  • Test all systems and ensure they’re ready during the setup phase, competition phase and judging phase.

You will receive a ticket, flights (where applicable) and accommodation as a part of the GovHack Operations Team at our GovHack Red Carpet Awards Gala event to be held in November 2019.
You be required to commit an average of 3-5 hours per week from May- November 2019 with a peak of activity around June – September (up to 10 hours a week).
You will be required to attend our weekly video conferences (Wednesday 6PM AEST).
This is a remote position and is open to anyone currently residing in Australia. As you will have early access to competition details, you will need to exclude yourself from competing in GovHack 2019.

 

Data Lead

The GovHack Data Lead manages our external relationships with Government data custodians; GovHack ambassadors (key representatives in a Government agency who promotes open data); organisations; and partners. They will also manage the internal Data processes for GovHack.

Essential Skills & Experience:

  • Past GovHack experience
  • Strong background in Open Government data
  • Strong understanding in data literacy and management
  • Confident in Government policy and strategy

As the Data Lead, you will support government data custodians in the following areas:

  • Guidance on open data literacy and data management strategy.
  • Leadership and direction around open data publication and strategy for data owners.
  • Compliance with existing organisational policies affecting data.
  • Referral to other supporting organisations, for example the DTA Open Data Community of Practice.
  • Provide coordination and leadership in assisting National and State / Territory Sponsors to develop their challenges.
  • Drive and coordinate GovHack to produce and openly release its own data.
  • Advise and guide sponsors on data preparation and publication.

You will receive a ticket, flights (where applicable) and accommodation as a part of the GovHack Operations Team at our GovHack Red Carpet Awards Gala event to be held in November 2019.
You be required to commit an average of 3 – 5 hours per week from May- November 2019 with a peak of activity around June – September (up to 10 hours a week).
You will be required to attend our weekly video conferences (Wednesday 6PM AEST).
This is a remote position and is open to anyone currently residing in Australia. As you will have early access to competition details, you will need to exclude yourself from competing in GovHack 2019.

 

Systems Support Officer

Following guidance from lead developers, the Systems Support Officer will work independently to support the scalability and capacity management of hackerspace.

Essential Skills & Experience:

  • Technically skilled in Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS, Javascript
  • Able to support the technical coding requirements of hackerspace
  • Extensive UX and UI skills
  • Able to work well in a team and autonomously

As the Systems Support Officer, you will:

  • Provide technical, second level support of Hackerspace.
  • Improve, maintain and assist in the management of Hackerspace.

You will receive a ticket, flights (where applicable) and accommodation as a part of the GovHack Operations Team at our Red Carpet Awards Gala event to be held in November 2019.
You be required to commit an average of 3 – 5 hours per week from May- November 2019 with a peak of activity around June – September (up to 10 hours a week).
You will be required to attend our weekly video conferences (Wednesday 6PM AEST).
This is a remote position and is open to anyone currently residing in Australia. As you will have early access to competition details, you will need to exclude yourself from competing in GovHack 2019.

 

 

National Operations Team- Digital & Marketing Team

The following Digital & Marketing team roles will work with the National Project Coordinator and Media Liason to manage and maintain GovHack’s online presence and ensure all stakeholders are frequently engaged with.

Social Media Content Producer

The GovHack Social Media Content Producer will coordinate the delivery and production of content on a National and State level. They will actively coordinate and engage with the GovHack community across social media.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Strong Design skills
  • Highly Organised
  • Creative and full of new ideas
  • Strong copywriting skills
  • Be able to create engaging content- whether that means curating a Facebook post, designing an infographic on canva or creating a flyer on indesign. Let us know what skills you have and what you can bring to the table.
  • Great teamwork skills- you will have assistance and guidance from other members of the team but you will also be required to assist State / Local teams with their social media. This role may also be split between two people.
  • A strong understanding of Facebook and Twitter (for business purposes) and Mailchimp
  • Some understanding of using a social media management system (e.g Tweetdeck)

As the Social Media Content Producer, you will:

  • Deliver and adapt (as required) the National Marketing and Communications plan.
  • Assist with the planning and delivery of GovHack social media strategy.
  • Assist in the cleanup process of GovHack’s digital accounts.
  • Manage GovHack Australia’s Facebook and Twitter Account.
  • Assist in the creation and management of State / Local GovHack community groups, on Facebook.
  • Assist in the management of State / Local Twitter accounts.
  • Respond to all social media inquiries and coordinate appropriate responses.
  • Provide marketing and communication support TO GovHack State / Territory Directors and Local Event Hosts around their local social media presences.
  • Assist with developing and curating content for National and State newsletters, when required.
  • Create and schedule content updates to GovHack’s multiple social media sites, in line with our National calendar of events.
  • Work with the Website Content Producer reach all relevant stakeholders and ensure consistent outgoing communications.

You will have to be able to speak the language of GovHack and understand our community! If you want to really impress us, include some example tweets or ideas for content that you would produce, if you had this role. (You can add this into the final comments section at the end of the form).

You will receive a ticket, flights (where applicable) and accommodation as a part of the GovHack Operations Team at our GovHack Red Carpet Awards Gala event to be held in November 2019.
You be required to commit an average of 3 – 5 hours per week from May- November 2019 with a peak of activity around June – September (up to 10 hours a week).
You will be required to attend our weekly video conferences (Wednesday 6PM AEST).
This is a remote position and is open to anyone currently residing in Australia. As you will have early access to competition details, you will need to exclude yourself from competing in GovHack 2019.

 

Website Content Producer

The GovHack Web Content Producers’ main priority will be to maintain the govhack.org website. They will assist in the website redevelopment (which is currently in progress) by re-writing web content and planning the structure of the site. They will assist GovHack’s Media Liason with developing and editing content.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Proven copywriting skills
  • Good visual and design skills
  • An understanding of the technical skills required to edit and maintain a website (I.e WordPress knowledge)
  • An understanding of website design, functionality and user experience
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Great teamwork skills- you will have assistance and guidance from other members of the team but you will also be required to work autonomously.

As the Website Content Producer, you will:

  • Be responsible for the management of the govhack.org website for 2019, and its historical content from previous GovHack competitions and events.
  • Re-write govhack.org web content and assist with planning the structure of the new site.
  • Maintain the website and perform content updates as required.
  • Assist with developing and curating content for National and State newsletters, when required.
  • Work with the Social Media Content Producer to reach all relevant stakeholders and ensure consistent outgoing communications.

You will have to be able to speak the language of GovHack and understand our community! If you want to really impress us, include some example ideas for content that you would produce or an idea for our website you would implement, if you had this role. (You can add this into the final comments section at the end of the form).

You will receive a ticket, flights (where applicable) and accommodation as a part of the GovHack Operations Team at our GovHack Red Carpet Awards Gala event to be held in October 2019.
You be required to commit an average of 3 -5 hours per week from May- November 2019 with a peak of activity around June – September (up to 10 hours a week).
You will be required to attend our weekly video conferences (Wednesday 6PM AEST).
This is a remote position and is open to anyone currently residing in Australia. As you will have early access to competition details, you will need to exclude yourself from competing in GovHack 2019.

 

 

State / Territory Operations Team

State Director- Northern Territory

The GovHack Northern Territory Director will lead a State team to coordinate all GovHack activities in the NT. They will work closely with the National Operations Team to ensure all of the activities are on track. They will oversee all the regions activities- Sponsorship, Judging, Marketing, Data Management and release, Event Coordination- and manage the NT Operations Team to ensure all tasks are completed. Being the State lead, they will be the main point of contact of all enquiries related to the region and will be the face of GovHack NT!

Essential skills and experience:

  • Have past GovHack experience on a State or National Operations Team level
  • Great ability to communicate and negotiate outcomes with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Previous hackathon/community engagement/event management experience or similar
  • A strong understanding of the motivations of our stakeholder groups across government and industry
  • Able to lead and manage a team with a great attitude
  • Awesome project management skills

As the State Director, you will:

  • Select and manage a State Operations team (to assist with all the following activities, and more!)
  • Coordinate and oversee all State Competition events.
  • Plan and coordinate the GovHack NT Connections Event.
  • Plan and coordinate the GovHack NT Awards Night.
  • Assist with State Judging coordination.
  • Plan and organise media / communications throughout the State.
  • Assist with data management.
  • Liase directly with State Governments.
  • Approach State Sponsors and manage Sponsor relations.
  • Provide support and resources to event hosts and local event teams in the region.

You are expected to represent the Northern Territory at the GovHack Red Carpet Awards event to be held in November 2019. You will receive a ticket, flights (where applicable) and accommodation as a part of the State Operations Team.
You be required to commit 5 hours per week in the planning months (May – June), with a peak of 10+ hours during the Operational stage local events, judging and state awards period (Mid June – October).
You will be required to attend regular video conference meetings (evenings – Australian Eastern Standard Time) and host State / Local meetings, as required.
This is a remote position and is open to people currently residing in the Northern Territory. As you will have early access to competition details, you will need to exclude yourself from competing in GovHack 2019.

 

Deputy State / Territory Director- WA, NT, SA, VIC, NSW, ACT, TAS

Assisting the State / Territory Director across all tasks mentioned above.

 

State Operations Team- WA, NT, SA, QLD, VIC, NSW, ACT, TAS

Are you interested in helping deliver GovHack events across your State / Territory? Each State / Territory requires a team to help deliver GovHack events across the region. This involves assisting with Sponsorship, Event Management, Social Media Content Production and Data Management.

If you have experience or knowledge in the areas listed above and have past GovHack experience, we would love to hear from you!

 

 

Why would you take up these positions?

You will meet a diverse range of people and be exposed to new opportunities that could assist you in advancing your professional career. Your efforts will be highly visible to competitors, sponsors, various levels of Government and the wider community. If you are a big fan of GovHack and would like to give back to our community, here is your chance!

Our Expectations

  • You will know the skills needed for your role and how to successfully employ them within it
  • You will do the things you commit to doing and will let the team know when you hit problems
  • You will abide by our GovHack Code of Conduct
  • You support our Purpose, Vision and Values
  • You will be willing to assist when required, when we need things to get done quickly
  • You will have fun, learn a bunch of new skills and work within a great team!

How to Apply

Applications for these positions close April 30th 2019.
You can apply at GovHack 2019 National & State Volunteer EOI

If you have any questions, please contact support@govhack.org