Jobs Roundup: Put Your Volunteer Experience to Good Use!

Volunteering has lots of benefits. Some are intangible, like the satisfaction of knowing you’ve contributed to a cause you feel passionate about. But it also has tangible benefits. The topic of volunteering in a field of interest and how it can help you get your foot in the door at an organization is one that we talk about a lot on Idealist Careers. Here are some jobs that will allow you to make use of your volunteer experience.

  • If you’re an accountant with experience volunteering at a nonprofit, the Science Club for Girls in Cambridge, MA is looking for you! They’re looking to hire a Part Time Accountant with passion for their mission ato join their team.
  • SHELTER, Inc is a Concord, CA-based nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless. If you have a proven dedication to the nonprofit sector as a volunteer and experience in volunteer management, they’d like to hire you as their Director of Development. You should also have strong experience in the fields of fund development and public relations.
  • Safenest, a Las Vegas-based organization working to end partner-violence, is looking for Court Victim Advocates with experience in volunteering with sexual assault and domestic violence survivors. A position is also available for a bilingual Advocate- choose the opportunity that’s best for you!
  • If you’re interested in agriculture and community, you could be the next Agricultural Coordinator at the Methow Conservancy in Winthrop, WA. This would be a great position for someone with an interest in conservation and volunteer experience in the nonprofit sector.


These are just a handful of the open positions listed on Idealist that require some volunteer experience in the nonprofit sector. Remember: many organizations that ask for work experience in a certain area may be open to volunteer experience as well. So don’t forget to include it on your resume, and happy seeking!



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When Caroline Contillo is not supporting Idealists as part of the Community Engagement team, she teaches mindfulness meditation at non-profits and community centers in NYC. Previously, she worked at Businessweek Online and The Interdependence Project, a secular Buddhist meditation center.
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    • Courteney Douglas
    • August 26, 2016

    Unconventional experiences relevant to a position can definitely be powerful resume boosters. In addition to volunteering, you might also want to include continuing education, freelance experience, and major projects.

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