Get involved with Octapod through a volunteer or student placement and get the edge on a career in the arts and cultural sector. We are also offering a limited number of mentorships during 2018.


Jessica_Goerke_TiNA_Youth_Ambassador_2015_Photo_Jessica-Henderson_2015Octapod is a non profit arts organisation that is passionate about a vibrant and inclusive arts and cultural sector in the Lower Hunter region.

We offer a range of professional development opportunities for those interested in a career in the arts. Getting involved with Octapod through a volunteer or student placement is a great way to build skills, networks and confidence.

Various roles will be available in 2018 including Communications Assistants, Event Management Assistants, Arts Admin Assistant.

These roles are suitable for people in the early stage of their career and are also suitable as final year University or TAFE student placements.

In 2018 we are introducing a limited number of mentorships, offering substantive experience in key areas such as membership management, PR and marketing. These volunteer roles will attract a more formal program of support and supervision from Octapod staff and will offer a significant opportunity to develop and contribute to projects, providing valuable real world experience.

Expressions of interest for 2018 volunteer/student placements and mentorships will open in early 2018.

If you are a professional with an interest in contributing your skills for the benefit of the community – consider becoming an Octapod Associate. This involves providing substantial pro bono support in your area of expertise to assist us with specific projects from time to time.

Here’s what people say about getting involved with Octapod

“…I found TiNA to be an important stepping stone in my career, it has helped me grow as a person and see that real-life practical experience is so important because what we learn at uni is just the foundation to the real thing.” Jessica Goerke, TiNA Youth Ambassador 2015.

“…Working as Octapod’s official in-house Graphic Designer, I’ve been able to engage what I’ve studied in ways initially thought out of my reach, learn what it means to work in the Graphic Design Industry, and meet new and fascinating people with their own lessons to teach me. To top it all off like icing on the cake, I was able to participate in the local community, helping those with harder obstacles in life be able to join the vibrant world of arts and culture in Newcastle/ The Hunter. I’m so lucky to have been able to work for such a wonderful company with a wonderful staff!…” Damon Scarfe, Octapod Designer 2015.



Expressions of interest for 2018 volunteer/student placements and mentorships will open on 1 December 2017.



All Octapod volunteers and students receive a formal induction as well as ongoing support and supervision from staff.

Contact us for more information.