Operation Flinders couldn’t exist without the tireless contribution of a huge number of volunteers. From spending 8 days in the field working directly with young people to contributing to the massive logistical effort for each exercise at our Edwardstown warehouse; there are a variety of ways you could contribute your valuable time.


Volunteer roles

Our volunteers generally fall into two different categories: Field Volunteers and Foundation Volunteers.


Foundation Volunteers are individuals who provide logistical and administrative support to the foundation, usually at our Edwardstown HQ. Many volunteers come in at least 1 day per week to help. Typical tasks include:

  • Conducting stock takes and packing rations
  • Picking up and delivering stores and equipment
  • Preparing, packing, and loading stores and equipment
  • Cleaning and refurbishing of equipment
  • Making repairs and modifications to equipment
  • Providing administrative support


Field Volunteers are individuals interested in working directly with the young people on Exercise. We welcome people from all backgrounds; you don’t need a ton of experience in the outdoors or working with young people. Before taking part in an exercise, you’ll be given extensive training, both accredited and non-accredited, to ensure you are are set up to deliver the best experience possible for our young people.

You will commence your Op Flinders journey as an Assistant Team Leader, learning all the intricacies of our exercises from an experienced Team Leader. From there, you can progress into the Team Leader role, and eventually even into our command team, where you would be responsible for the safe and efficient conduct of an entire Exercise.

The Field Volunteer role can be great for people who find it difficult to commit to volunteering on an ongoing basis. You can choose to do just 1 Exercise per year, a commitment of only 2 weeks (not including training).


What’s involved in becoming a volunteer with Operation Flinders?

Step 1: Fill out the below application form.

Step 2: We will contact you to arrange an interview to determine your suitability. Due to the nature of our work, we hold our volunteers to a high standard so there is no guarantee of being accepted.

Step 3 (Foundation Volunteers): If suitable, you will be invited to come in for a warehouse induction and meet your fellow volunteers.

Step 3 (Field Volunteers): If suitable, we will invite you to participate in Induction and Field Training.

  • Induction Training involves 2 full-day session in Adelaide, covering at the essential knowledge and skills for volunteering in the field.
  • Field Training is a 4-day training block on our property, Yankaninna, in the northern Flinders Ranges. This is an intensive training block that will cover in detail what to expect on your first walk with Operation Flinders.

Step 4: Nominate for an Exercise. Let us know which Exercises you’re available for and we’ll do our best to get you out there!