Adult learning mentor


We connect Tasmanians to learning and information, their history and their communities. We also connect people from around the world to Tasmanian resources. 

Our Volunteer Program offers a volunteer-friendly environment where volunteers work alongside and are supported by paid staff to value-add to our collections, services and programs. .

Key responsibilities

The objective of an Adult Learning Mentor is to assist our clients to become skilled, confident and independent learners.  In this role, you may undertake one or all of the following tasks: 
  • assist clients, either one to one or in small groups to:
           - consider learning pathways and pathways to employment
           - undertake a study course – including managing study requirements, assignment tasks and time
           - develop computing skills and use digital technologies
           -  explore suitable learning approaches and strategies
  • prepare learning activities that supports learner needs 
  • encourage independent learning and helping learners access our facilities and services
  • facilitate community learning courses that we provide
Volunteers work as part of a team of staff and volunteers, and participate in activities under the direction and guidance of the local Volunteer Coordinator, Community Learning Coordinator, or other nominated staff members.

Skills, experience and attributes

We look for volunteer Adult Learning Mentors who:
  • are sensitive, patient, respectful and aware of different adult learner needs 
  • have good communication, organisational and listening skills
  • can confidently and respectfully raise sensitive matters with learners and staff, and make referrals to other service providers as needed
  • are enthusiastic, flexible and understanding
  • understand the boundaries of the learner-mentor relationship
  • have specific work skills and experience or training related to mentoring adult learners, and/or a willingness to undertake training 
  • education, training and/or work experience appropriate to specific content areas or fields of study
  • good digital literacy (or computer) skills 

Role requirements

Volunteers must:
  • support our strategic goals and values
  • comply with the Tasmanian State Service Code of Conduct (State Service Act 2000) and our service commitment
  • act in our best interests 
In addition, you will need a:

Potential benefits

Our volunteers make an invaluable contribution to our programs and services and enrich the lives of many.  Our volunteer base is diverse and includes people of all ages and backgrounds who bring their unique experience, enthusiasm and knowledge to the role.  Many volunteers gain satisfaction by making a positive difference in their local community and learning new skills.