We do not distinguish between paid and unpaid staff  and both are afforded the same opportunities. Both paid and unpaid staff are critical to the ongoing effectiveness of NVSA to achieve its objectives.

NVSA has a strong commitment to professional development and Volunteers have the same access to appropriate professional development opportunities, including accredited training.

Opportunities for either paid position or volunteer positions will depend upon the skill set of the volunteers.

NVSA is an equal employment provider and does not discriminate on the bases of race, religion, disability, sexuality, etc.

Let’s introduce the paid staff :

Donatella Amos, Executive Officer     

Donatella is the Executive Officer at Northern Volunteering. She has over 20 years experience managing volunteer programs including Director of services at a large hospital involving over 500 hospital and community based volunteers. Her most recent role for the last 7 years has been as Training and Development Manager for NVSA.

Donatella has a good understanding of volunteerism locally, nationally and internationally. She is held in high regard within the volunteer sector and has been on the board of AAMoV (as AAVA) – the national professional association for volunteer managers, as well as several others including community centres.Donatella was included in the inaugural SA Honour Roll, in the 2009 – 2014 Who’s Who of Australian Women, nominated for City of Salisbury’s 2017 Legends Awards, and received a Certificate of Recognition from AAVA for her work in the sector.

She holds qualification in Community Sector Management, Training and Assessment, as well as volunteer program management including a Vocational Graduate Certificate of Management (Learning).

 Debra Kulwikowski, Operations Manager

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Debra has worked for several years within the volunteer sector. Deb has experience managing federally funded programs and administrating volunteer groups. As Operations Manager at NVSA her management and administration skills are central to the effective running of Northern Volunteering. Deb is also responsible for the effective delivery of the Community Visitors Scheme.

The volunteers

Volunteers ensure our organization remains viable and continues to develop a high quality of service. We provide extensive professional opportunities to all volunteer staff. A few opportunities exist for volunteers to develop skills eg in administration, but generally we prefer people to have some  familiarity with MS Office and general administrative duties. Opportunities occasionally exist if you do not have these skill and wish to develop them.

Referral Officers

This team is responsible for the placement of volunteers in volunteer positions throughout the community. Skills we are looking for include an ability to interview combined with reliability. Experience in working with people is a distinct advantage. Extensive training and mentoring support is provided.

Referrals Coordinator:  Greg Jones

Salisbury:  Mark/Anne (Monday); Ann/Paul (Tuesday);  Rod (Wednesday) ;  Terry (Thursday); Anne (Friday)

Enfield – Mondays: Julie and Annie

Port Adelaide – Tuesdays:  Julie and Annie

Modbury – Thursdays:  Marie and Paul

Elizabeth – Thursdays: Ann

Gawler – Tuesdays: Estelle and Rod

Database Team: Sheila, Janet, Rosemary, Barbara

Primarily responsible for maintaining the extensive volunteer referral database, organising expos, developing promotional material, attending community talks and an extensive range of other activities.

Skills we are looking for include a good understanding of MS office, an interest in marketing and ability to work in a team.

Administration / Reception staff

This team is responsible for the front desk, typing up the extensive range of workshop and training session notes we develop on an ongoing basis. You will need a pleasant personality to meet the public, ideally good MS Office familiarity and be reliable.

Rebecca (Monday)

Kate & Judy – Social Media & Web Processing (Monday)

Julie (Tuesday)

Sheila & Yolanda (Wednesday / Thursday)

Annie & Rebecca (Friday)

Shane – Data management and marketing


Finance Team

These intrepid volunteers keep the books running properly. Ensuring we can pay the bills on time and keeping everyone honest. (‘Where’s those receipts!’). Skills required include an understanding of not for profit financial management and ability to work as part of a team. Opportunities are very limited and individuals will need to prove a high level of long term commitment and high level of familiarity in working with MYOB and book keeping.


Training team

This team provides administrative support to the Training Department. Several volunteers also provide mentoring support to participants  in several specific training programs. Skills in MS office and administration.

Donna  / Pauleen / Beth – check out our bios on the “about our trainers”  page

Special Projects Team 

This is an unusual team (aren’t we all?) set up specifically to assist in research and development. The composition of the team varies considerably throughout the year in both numbers and composition. Established for people interested in short term volunteer placements, the team provides the opportunity for people with high level skills, tertiary (and particularly postgraduate) qualifications, or who may hold or have held high level positions in their working careers.  Projects range from program development, establishment of projects, program evaluation.

Opportunities within this team are not often advertised and are designed to be responsive to an individual skills and qualifications. Contact Donatella, our Executive Officer, for current opportunities.

Membership Liaison Team (Greg &  Catherine)

This exciting but small team is critical to our ongoing effectiveness as they provide the key liaison with member organisations and potential members. Extensive training will be required including developing an awareness of the services provided by NVSA.  Individuals will generally be working in the field on their own and will use the company car. Proven experience in sales or marketing would be advantage.

BBQ team

This team, led by Coordinator Beth, is the all important team that runs BBQ’s on a monthly basis in Salisbury and attends other fundraising events. You will undergo food handling training and need to commit yourself to a monthly BBQ. Money handling skills would be an advantage. Always looking for more volunteers.