Whether you’re looking to lend a helping hand at our Kokoda Challenge events or volunteer as an ongoing leader in our youth programs, we have opportunities for everyone wanting to give back to their community and join a local charity that is changing lives.

The Kokoda Challenge attracts hundreds of volunteers every year. We have families, friends, and even colleagues who are looking to do some corporate team building, help us successfully deliver Australia’s toughest team endurance event. Our events are located in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Melbourne, so our volunteers are generally from Southeast Queensland, Northern NSW, Victoria and surrounds. Below you will find a list of different casual volunteers we require all with different skills and strengths we require. Click on each volunteer title to view a brief description for each role and please fill out the form below to express your interest or to find out more!




Learn more about the available volunteer roles by clicking on them below.


Marshals are required at the Start Locations of all events to direct participants to the starting area.  You will assist with the set up for the start line and stage, as well as assist with parking at start location.  You will need to monitor competitors in the starting area to ensure no-one is pushing or jumping barricades and behaving in the spirit of the event.

Canteen Assistant

This hands on role prepared all food for all the volunteers in the central kitchen.  You may also assist in the distribution of food to various locations throughout the course and support volunteers from the finish line hub with a hot drink.

Track Marking  (Prior to the event – up to 1 week)

The role will see you mark all tracks (or sections of the track) as per track marking instructions issued by KYF.  Signs & equipment provided but you will need at least three in the team and walking shoes!  This role is usually performed up to one week out from the event.

Information & Merchandise Tent (Start Line/Finish Line)

This role will help participants and support crews with any questions (you will be provided with a list of FAQS) and directions as required.  You will also assist with the set up to merchandise for sale through EFT/cash systems. 

Checkpoint Captain (need to be available for as long at the CP is open)

The checkpoint caption is an experienced role as you will have duties prior to the event, like completing the volunteer roster for your checkpoint & touching base with all volunteers listed.  On the event day you will set up your checkpoint and ensuring systems are in place and that checkpoint assistance are familiar with competitor and checkpoint procedures .  You will also be responsible for closure of checkpoint and arranging return of equipment i.e. computer and communication equipment to command centre.  The most important part of the role is enforcing teams pass through AS A TEAM and honour the 100m rule.

Checkpoint Assistant (on site at designated CP)

This role assists CP Captain in set up of CP and prepare for fist participant.  Ensure participants cross timing mats and that water is available at all times.  You will need to check there is toilet paper in toilets and other duties as directed by the Cp Captain.  The final CP assistants on shift will help with with pack down of the CP ready for bump out. 

Logistics Team (prior to the event, on the event weekend and post event)

This is manual work delivering the equipment and supplies required at all the checkpoints (including the start and finish line) of the events, as directed by the Event Operations Manager.  Some of this work is done in the week prior to the event and will require volunteers who are comfortable driving small trucks, towing & moving around equipment. It’s a rewarding role working as part of an integral team to the event. Ideally suited to someone who may be able to provide up to 1 week volunteer support.

IT/Computer Support (event weekend)

The events require IT experts to assist in the distribution and set up of computers & radios at each CP.  This role will require prior training to ensure volunteer is competent in the role but would ideally suit someone the tech savvy.

Competitor Registrations  (event weekend)

Come join in the hussle and bussle of the start with assisting with competitor registrations.  You will help with set up of registration , greeting and directing competitors to the correct area for their category, registering competitors and issuing kit bags  and finally the pack down of the registration hall.  We have early morning starts, as well at mid-morning starts for the half events.

Finish Line Assistant (event weekend)

The finish line is where all the excitement and elation is experienced.  As a finish line assistant you are in the thick of the fun directing participants to the finishing area, monitoring teams as they cross the finish line – ensure their timing chip beeps as they cross the timing mats, presenting participants with dog tags and helping with bump in/out of suppliers, signage and infrastructure.  Be prepared to be an allrounder with finish line responsibilities such as helping participants with any questions they may have including directions to toilet, first aid, water and food facilities.

Social Media Assistant

Calling all influencers, PR whizzes and social media extraordinaires - come lend a helping hand as volunteers at our Kokoda Challenge events.  You will assist our Media and Marketing Coordinator in sharing the excitement throughout social pages, whilst liaising with supporters and sponsors throughout the weekend. 

Sweep Team

This role is for the patient hikers as you will follow the last team through the course ensuring not to pass any teams or participants.  Along the way you will pick up all track marking ribbon and signage along course and take to next CP. You can do one section of the course or elect to do the entire event but you will only ever move as quick as the slowest team.

Finish Line Marshals

Liaising with the Finish Line Manager and Event Manager to ensure the smooth running of everything Finish Line. This would include maintenance, logistics, crowd control, canteen, stage, dealing with any and all situations as they arise.

Cheer squad (event weekend)

To assist and cheer on weary competitors as they come through the checkpoints, especially the late night and early mornings where they need all the support and encouragement they can get!

Admin Support - 1 & 2 weeks out from event

We would love some assistance with packing of participant bibs and shirts, printing, signage, sorting equipment and other various tasks.

Quadrant Managers

Looking after our Checkpoint Captains and Volunteers by providing them with meals and support.


Kokoda Challenge Youth Program Volunteer Leaders

The Kokoda Challenge Youth Program (KCYP) is a 14-month life skills program for 15-17 year old’s, affectionately known as our ‘Kokoda Kids’, who come from all walks of life and every segment of society. We passionately believe there is no difference between those who are expected to fail and those who are expected to achieve – except for opportunity and the right support.

KCYP is not possible without our incredible volunteer leaders who help deliver the program and make a real difference by mentoring our Kokoda Kids.