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Whilst some may best know the Canning Agricultural, Horticultural and Recreational Society Inc for our annual Canning Show (which has won awards, had 15,000 attendees on average and broken records continuously for the past few years), CAHRS also runs the Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds, which sees around 450 diverse events held in our multiple venue spaces and over 120,000 visitors each year.

A not-for-profit organisation, we’re dedicated to providing platforms, activities, classes, social groups, expos and other events that enrich the community and encourage agricultural and horticultural interests, cultural and artistic pursuits, and other recreational interests. We are also currently expanding our venue spaces, with new spaces opening this year, and with them a whole new range of opportunities to enrich communities!

We are on the search for people interested in an internship, longer-term volunteer placements or regular work experience opportunities. New people to further inspire and contribute to the work of an organisation undergoing a strong period of change, and wanting to learn from our expert staff, as well as collaborate with fellow volunteers.

The interns we’re looking for will have either a range of pre-existing base skills, education or experience relevant to the placement, and the desire to gain real-life experience and increased knowledge in their areas of interest. Some of the staff have extensive educational training experience as well, so these internships are focused on keeping all parties happy, inspired, productive, learning, and contributing value.


Primarily looking for TAFE students/graduates in Event Management or University students studying a degree in Sport, Recreation & Event Management. You will help coordinate the running of many, often sold-out Special Interest Groups at Cannington Exhibition Centre, member-driven events such as BLOOM, Fairbridge Craft Retreat, and the annual Canning Show. Limited to Tues/Wed/Thurs.

Depending on your current skills and interests (we will match tasks to your previous skills and those as you evolve), you could be assisting with:

  • Creating innovative attractions for our guests /community within specific budgets.

  • Research upcoming local artists /acts suitable for events.

  • Help with preparing run sheets for performers / stage manager / sound tech etc at various events.

  • Liaising with entertainment clientele in the lead-up to events.

  • Assisting with ground layout planning.

  • Researching ways to advance, streamline and automate some of the systems and tools used to manage the event.

  • Liaising with stall holders and food vendors in the lead-up to the Canning Show.

  • Logistics at the Show (availability to volunteer on 3 & 4 November preferable).

  • Managing Volunteers (availability to volunteer on 3 & 4 November preferable).

  • Stage management (availability to volunteer on 3 & 4 November preferable).

  • Bumping in/out stall holders and food vendors (availability to volunteer on 3 & 4 November preferable).

  • Assistance in planning and managing CAHRS special interest groups + other events at CECS.

  • General administrative tasks.


Ideally, we’re looking for applicants who;

  • are current University, TAFE etc students/graduates to some of the tasks listed in the relevant roles above.

  • OR those that have strong experience in some of the skills listed above. We do also take on high school professional placements and work experience if the fit is right.

  • have good attention to detail, abilities in problem-solving, and communication skills.

  • like working in a small team where you might have a range of diverse projects thrown your way– and enjoy expanding your knowledge and learning whilst tackling these.

  • interested in enriching diverse communities.


Preferably one 9am-4.30pm day a week til mid-November. This will see you develop skills across a variety of CAHRS-run events, workshops etc, and give you robust experience of a full Canning Show campaign run, including seeing the results of these efforts in what is likely going to be another record-breaking year!


  • An educational experience tailored to your needs - including utilizing strengths and improving weaknesses - and that you don't need to pay for!

  • A safe, welcoming, friendly, casual office environment.

  • All equipment and software you'll need to succeed.

  • Free tickets for family/friends to some events.

  • Resume references.


  • Does a FREE educational experience and a job-boosting internship - hosted by a range of professionals, educators, and friendly staff - sound good to you?
  • Apply here, or contact Laura Thompson at or on 9451 1820 if you have any queries!
You can not apply for this role as it is no longer available.