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Volunteer General Hand – Vinnies Return & Earn Recycling Centre Tweed Heads

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW
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Vinnies Return and Earn Recycling Centre

The Return and Earn scheme is the way forward in recycling in NSW. As well as being the ultimate recyclers of clothing, bric-a-brac and furniture, we also recycle bottles and cans. This role is vital to generate revenue for our broad range of services supporting the community.

As a Volunteer General Hand, you will play a central role in the operations of the recycling centre, making a significant and valuable contribution to the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW.

The Volunteer Role

The Volunteer General Hand will perform a variety of tasks including:

  • Meet and greet new customers and guide them through the return & earn process;
  • Provide customers with excellent experience;
  • Receive and process donated bottles and cans;
  • Perform general warehousing tasks; and
  • Keep the warehouse clean, tidy, whilst maintaining safe work practices.

The volunteers we are seeking will ideally:

  • Be a people person – welcoming, encouraging and positive;
  • Be willing to work within the ethos of the St Vincent de Paul Society;
  • Be respectful of others and flexible in their attitude to work and the team;
  • Be able to take direction and contribute positively to the overall running of the Return & Earn Centre.

Previous warehousing experience would be highly regarded as well as a current, valid forklift license.

In-house coaching and training is provided.

Why join Vinnies as a volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to interact with like-minded people and build friendships.

Your contribution as a volunteer will bring you a feeling of satisfaction knowing you are working for an organisation that makes a difference for those in need. It will provide an opportunity for those who would like to gain retail training and experience and an avenue for you to share your expertise and talents.

Our volunteers are an integral part of the ongoing success of our Vinnies shops and in achieving the goals outlined in the St Vincent de Paul NSW's Strategic Plan.

If you are interested in becoming a much valued Vinnies volunteer, please either pop in to the shop for an application and information pack or hit the APPLY button below.


The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW (Vinnies) assists people experiencing poverty and inequality and works to shape a more just and compassionate society. We assist in offering “a hand up” to people in need. We do this by respecting their dignity, sharing our hope, and encouraging them to take control of their own destiny.

The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW is committed to being a Child Safe Organisation. Vinnies has developed a clear, accountable and transparent Policy and Procedures to ensure that it complies with relevant legislation and that all children and young people who come into contact with Vinnies are kept safe and are supported to the best of our capacity.

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW is an Equal Opportunity host and is committed to engaging a diverse workforce. Vinnies strongly encourages applications from people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and mature aged applicants.