Wanting to learn new skills and fire up your CV with professional experience, all the while assisting an organisation dedicated to enriching the lives of the community? Luckily, we have a range of exceptional internship or volunteer opportunities available!

Whilst some may best know the Canning Agricultural Horticultural and Recreational Society Inc for our annual Canning Show (which won awards and had a record-breaking 12,500+ attendees last year), CAHRS also runs the Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds, which each year sees around 450 diverse events held in our multiple venue spaces and around 120,000 visitors. We’re also currently expanding our venue spaces, with even more exciting times ahead.

A not-for-profit organisation, we’re dedicated to providing platforms, activities, classes, social groups, expos and other events that enrich the community and encourage agricultural and horticultural interests, cultural and artistic pursuits, and other recreational interests.

We’re looking for interns / regular volunteers to further inspire and contribute to the work of an organisation undergoing a strong period of change, and to share with them the collective skills of the staff and fellow volunteers. The interns we’re looking for will have either a range of pre-existing skills, education or experience relevant to the placement, and the desire to gain further experience and knowledge in this area.



Primarily searching for current University, TAFE or students/graduates in either Marketing, Communications, PR, Digital Media, Social Media or Design related fields. OR those that have some solid base experience in at least some of the skills listed below. We do also take on high school professional placements and work experience if the fit is right. Any day would suit.

Depending on your current skills and interests (we will match tasks to your previous skills and those as you evolve), you could be assisting with:

  • Creating engaging original social media content, including promotions via Facebook and Instagram Business Pages.
  • Developing new social media content strategies, including on LinkedIn, YouTube etc.
  • Managing key contact databases, including updating and expanding media, educational, community and client lists.
  • Website content creation and management using WordPress.
  • Testing and researching potential new communications tools.
  • Utilising Mailchimp to create eNewsletters.
  • Researching advertising options and helping build and execute campaigns.
  • Planning and executing advertising campaigns.
  • Various copywriting tasks, including drafting press releases, website content, stories of interest to our members etc.
  • Using InDesign or similar graphics programs to help design new promotional assets, including posters, newsletters etc.
  • Driving new membership strategies.
  • Events work, including assisting project management, research, brainstorming, communicating with clients etc for the Canning Show and CECS-run events.
  • Community targeting and distribution of promotional materials.
  • Communicating with a diverse range of key stakeholders.
  • General administrative tasks.


Our Event Officer works on a part-time basis, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. She coordinates the running of ten different Special Interest Groups at the CECS, member-driven events and the annual Canning Show.

Primarily looking for TAFE students/graduates studying online in Event Management or University students studying a degree in Sport, Recreation & Event Management.

Depending on your current skills and interests (we will match tasks to your previous skills and those as you evolve), you could be assisting with:

  • Planning the overall entertainment line-up for the Canning Show.
  • Creating innovative attractions for our guests /community within a specific budget.
  • Research upcoming local artists /acts suitable for Canning Show audience.
  • Help with preparing run sheet for performers / stage manager / sound tech etc.
  • Liaising with entertainment clientele in the lead-up to the Show.
  • Logistics at the Show (availability to volunteer on 5 & 6 November a priority).
  • Assistance in planning and managing CAHRS special interest groups + other events at CECS.
  • General administrative tasks (scanning, photocopying, filing etc).


A role that could be suitable for anyone that’s switched on, has solid Microsoft Office suite skills, a sunny disposition and a can-do attitude.

Depending on your current skills and interests (we will match tasks to your previous skills and those as you evolve), you could be assisting with:

  • Communicating with a diverse range of key stakeholders.
  • Venue logistics.
  • Membership communications.
  • Contacts database management.
  • Research-based tasks.
  • Creative solutions and problem-solving.
  • Asset register maintenance.
  • Website maintenance.
  • General administrative tasks (scanning, photocopying, filing etc).


Ideally, we’re looking for applicants who;

  • are current University, TAFE etc students/graduates to some of the tasks listed in the relevant roles above. OR those that have strong experience in some of the skills listed above. We do also take on high school professional placements and work experience if the fit is right.
  • have excellent attention to detail, plus strong abilities in problem-solving, communicating and new technologies will be looked upon favorably.
  • like thriving in a small team where you might have a range of diverse projects thrown your way – and enjoy expanding your knowledge and learning whilst tackling these!
  • passionate about enriching a diverse community.
  • are fans of cute dogs (which will mean we’ll have an excuse to bring them in).


Preferably one 9am-5pm day a week til late November. This will see you develop skills in the lead-up to the Canning Show, and see the results of these efforts in what will hopefully again be the 3rd year in a row of breaking audience records.


A free educational volunteer experience and/or a job-boosting internship, hosted by a range of professionals, educators and all-round friendly staff sound good to you? Contact Aarom Wilson at and send:

  • Your CV/ resume.
  • A paragraph or two telling us about yourself and why you would like to contribute and learn at CAHRS/CECS/Canning Show.


  • Whilst there are currently no full-time positions available at CAHRS, we’ll be selecting interns with a view to hopefully employing you in the future, most likely as a freelance contractor, but also if places become vacant in the future.
  • All ages and experience levels are welcome to apply.