Youth Development Officer

Develop and coordinate Country Youth Ambulance Officers for your local sub centre.

Commitment: 5 hours per month + min 1 training session per month
Location: Regional WA
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This role is currently being trialled, for more information please register your interest.

Is this you?

  • Are you an existing Level 2 Volunteer Ambulance Officer with St John?
  • Do you like mentoring and working with young people?
  • Do you have great time management skills and able to meet deadlines

What is a Youth Development Officer?

Vacancies exist for suitably motivated individuals to contribute to the community by developing and coordinating Country Youth Ambulance Officers for the local sub centre. Youth Development Officers are the primary point of contact for youth, parents, teachers and other interested parties. They provide leadership to the youth and coordinate and/or deliver training and mentoring.They work with the sub centre to ensure that there enough youth volunteers to provide effective local event cover. 

Depending on the size of the sub centre and availability of other volunteers this role may be combined with the VDO role to directly deliver training to County Youth Ambulance Officers (CYAOs). 

What the role involves

  • Coordinate the Volunteer Youth Ambulance Officer Program
  • Schedule regular training sessions
  • Match youth volunteers with mentors
  • Ensure all adult volunteers who have regular contact with youth in a leadership role have a Working With Children check recorded in VIP
  • Use effective youth engagement strategies to create a positive culture for youth at the sub centre
  • Work with the sub centre to ensure there are enough CYAOs to provide effective event cover
  • Report to the committee on the activities and outcomes of the CYAO program
  • Act in a way that promotes a positive image of the organisation at all times
  • General duties associated with maintaining vehicles and the sub centre to the required standard

Skills and Qualifications required

  • Level 2 Volunteer Ambulance Officer (VAO)
  • Medically and physically fit
  • Working with Children Check
  • Able to communicate effectively and respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Able to engage effectively with young people
  • Able to remain calm under pressure
  • Enjoy helping people
Skills you will develop as a Youth Development Officer
  • Advanced First Aid Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Youth Engagement Skills
  • Opportunity to complete Certificate IV in Ambulance care
Training Available
  • Provide First Aid certificate
  • Ambulance officer training

Volunteering locations

This role is currently being trialled throughout regional WA, for more information please register your interest on the link at the bottom of this page.

Additional information

Benefits to you
  • Free first aid training
  • Free ambulance cover for yourself, spouse and dependents, as specified by St John Ambulance WA 
  • Free uniform
  • Free training in all skills and clinical training relating to your volunteer role
  • Annual St John Conference and dinner dance in Perth, to which all volunteers are invited, with cost heavily subsidised.
  • National and international recognition for your volunteering and community contribution
  • Access to all Volunteer Member Benefits including corporate discounts and other ad hoc offers and specials.
Recruitment Method

To become a volunteer with St John Ambulance Western Australia, you will be asked to complete an on-line application, including a medical questionnaire and submit a National Police check. The on-line application is available from:

Ongoing training

All our volunteers are provided with the necessary training to enable them to carry out their role. To continue to operate in your role, you must maintain the competencies required and an appropriate level of fitness as roles are physically demanding.


All information concerning our volunteers is treated as strictly confidential at all times.


Your volunteering for St John Ambulance should not cost you anything. We will reimburse all legitimate out of pocket expenses incurred during your time volunteering with us. You should talk to your supervisor to confirm what expenses you can claim.

Award & recognition

St John Ambulance has a long history of recognising the outstanding contributions volunteers make to the organisation. We seek to recognise all volunteers and there are a number of distinguished national awards that you can be eligible for including our internal reward and recognition program.

Workplace Behaviour Policy

Volunteers at St John are expected to abide by the work place behaviour policy and relevant procedures. The policy and procedures are available for view on the intranet.

Safety Injury & Support Services

Volunteers will be informed of the Occupational Safety and Health requirements applicable to volunteers. Safety Injury and Support Services provide extensive information about their services and policies on the intranet.

Wellbeing & Support Services

St John places a very high value on the health and wellbeing of their volunteers and provides an extensive support network through its confidential Wellbeing and Support program, accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.