Get involved with Octapod through a volunteer or student placement and get the edge on a career in the arts and cultural sector.


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 professional, industry-relevant skills; networks and confidence.

Various roles are currently available including Octapod Communications Assistant and Octapod Arts Admin Assistant. From time to time we also need people with production experience to assist at events.

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

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

Octapod Communications Assistant

Assist with the management of Octapod’s social media channels, prepare media releases and blog posts.

Time commitment: 2 hours per week. Immediate start ok.

Octapod Arts Admin Assistant

Assist with the day to day operations of this busy small arts organisation. Tasks may include social media posts and monitoring, writing media releases and newsletters, event management assistance, general office admin, archiving, other duties as assigned.

Time commitment: 2 hours per week. Immediate start ok.

Octapod Event Assistant

Assist with setting up PA and managing sound mixing desk at events. Octapod runs events throughout the year. Register your interest and we will be in touch about our next event.

Time commitment: Events generally run for 2-3 hours. As required.

Fill out the form below to register your interest in volunteering with Octapod. We will get back to you within 3 business days to discuss your application.

If you would prefer to make a verbal application, please either email admin@octapod.org or leave a message on 02 40211605 to make a time to chat. 

Contact us for more information.


Volunteer/Student Placement Application Form

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Here’s what people say about getting involved with Octapod


“…Completing a student placement with Octapod gave me the opportunity to learn new skills and put others into practice. The friendly and hands on environment made my experience one to remember. During my placement, I was able to start networking with like-minded people, giving me the foundation to start my career. It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of the Octapod team and I would highly encourage others to take the opportunity.” Brittany Price, This is Not Art (TiNA) Festival Assistant, 2018 

“…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.


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.