Volunteer Information

  • Expressions Of Interest

    Once again the club has appointed Judi Hoare to the position of volunteer coordinator for the 2017 event.

    Judi has a wealth of knowledge and experience with Finke gained over 30 years as a previous club employee and current volunteer – Judi runs the Deep Well Checkpoint with a team of volunteers and in addition is one of just four life members of the Finke Desert Race club.

    As last year the club will nominate team leaders for the various areas of volunteering and Judi will liaise directly with and support them.

    Once the Team Leaders have been appointed for 2017 we will work with them to invite volunteers from last year to fill the same role again this year. Once this process is complete, we anticipate that we will open the online expressions of interest page to volunteers in March.

    Expressions of interest will see people apply for advertised roles in categories where volunteers are needed and Judi will then assign them to a team leader who will make contact with them. The team leader will be responsible for allocating their work roster.

    Judi’s role will be to act as overall coordinator working with appointed team leaders and providing a link back to the committee. She will also support the admin officer Giselle Greenfield with volunteer enquiries.

    It is anticipated that there will be in excess of 300 volunteers at this year’s event and we welcome people opting to help in multiple roles both before and across the race weekend.

    Online expressions of interest have closed but you can still express interest and register at the Start/Finish Line.

  • About Volunteering

    The Finke Desert Race has been run annually in Alice Springs for more than 40 years (2015 was the 40th race) and throughout this time has been a community run event organized and operated by volunteers with support from part-time paid staff in the admin and information technology areas. Last year there were 300 registered volunteers. Many of these are Alice Springs residents but many come from other parts of Australia sometimes on an annual basis. The volunteers bring a huge range of knowledge, skills and experience to the event.

    Anyone can volunteer and there are no prerequisites required for many of the tasks that need doing. While some jobs require training and accreditation (e.g. becoming a scrutineer) there are many that don’t (e.g. car park attendants, catering, etc.). Team leaders will make sure that volunteers are competent to fill their roles and where necessary training will be provided and briefings will be arranged.

  • Occupational Health & Safety

    The Finke Desert Race is firmly commited to provide as far as reasonably practicable a work environment that is safe and without risk to health.

  • Registration

    ALL volunteers MUST register in the week before the race. Registration will take place at the Finke Start/Finish Line during office hours. It is really important that volunteers register so that we know contact details, including emergency contacts, are up to date, insurance requirements are met and so that volunteers receive their entitlements (e.g. the Official Finke DVD).

    Note that expressions of interest will open online in March and many of the volunteer positions are filled not long after that so we can organise teams, rosters, training, planning, etc. If you are keen to participate as a volunteer you are advised to express your interest early rather than waiting until registration week.

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