There are a number of environmental volunteering opportunities available to students at Queen's University. Get involved to improve your knowledge, gain employability skills, and make new friends.


 Green Impact Project Assistants

Green Impact is an enviromental accreditation scheme that encourages teams of QUB staff across the University to undertake environmental improvements within their Schools or Departments. 

Students can engage in environmental initiatives through the Green Impact scheme by becoming a Green Impact Project Assistant (GIPA). GIPAs are assigned to a Green Impact team to support them in implementing these practical environmental actions within their workplace. 

No technical knowledge is needed to volunteer - we just ask that GIPAs are friendly, approachable, reliable and have an interest in environmental matters. 

Through volunteering as a Green Impact Project Assistant you will gain experience in:

  • Environmental auditing 
  • Learning about/ helping to implement environmental improvements
  • Working on a national project in a professional environment
  • Knowledge of environmental management techniques
  • Insight into behaviour change methods
  • Experience in communications and team development
  • Event, time and project management

Volunteering as a GIPA can also count towards your Millennium Volunteers application. 

You can get more information about the Green Impact Programme at Queen's University here


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Environmental Leadership Programme

‌‌Building on the Role of a Green Impact Project Assistant , the Environmental Leadership Programme is a Route A Degree Plus option for Environmental Volunteers at Queen's. 

Degree Plus is a method for accrediting work related learning and skills that current Queen's students develop through extracurricular activites that are relevant to graduate job markets. The award is open to all full - time and part- time undergraduate and postgraduate taught students. If you complete Degree Plus you will receive the award alongside your degree when you graduate.

Students who engage in Degree Plus have the opportunity to demonstrate to employers and others that they have gained valuable work - related skills and experiences needed for workplace success. 

You can find out more information about the Environmental Leadership Programme here


Casual Volunteering Opportunities

We appreciate that not everyone can commit to joining a structured programme. If you are worried that joining our volunteer programme might not be right for you, but you are still interested in getting involved, you can sign up as a casual volunteer and help out with us when you can.

Casual volunteering opportunities at Queen's include:

  • Community Clean-ups
  • Climate Week and Green Week Event organisation
  • University Waste Audits
  • University Energy Audits
  • Green Impact Auditing
  • Staff and Student Travel to work surveys
  • Participating in University Green Weeks 
  • Running you own Environmental Awareness events

If you have any questions or would like more information on any of our volunteering opportunties, please contact carbonmanagement@qub.ac.uk