Join the SES

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The South Australian State Emergency Service (SES) is an emergency management organisation made up almost entirely of volunteers. Our people are dedicated to helping those who are in need and building community resilience.  

SES has a highly skilled and dedicated group of volunteers. We are always looking for new and enthusiastic people to join us.

If you would like to be part of a team that really makes a difference, then read on...

How to apply to join the SES as a volunteer. Take a look at the broad range of skills and tasks that volunteers undertake in the organisation.
Get a list of the closest SES units located in your area along with contact details. Have any questions or queries, or want a referral to the SES? How to get in contact with us.

Why volunteer?

The SES provides emergency assistance to thousands of South Australians every year. This would be simply unachievable without the support of more than 1,600 volunteers across the state.  But we need more, especially in regional areas of the state. The rewards are many.

Join the SES and help serve your community.

Experience the sense of pride that comes from serving your community. You will play a vital role in ensuring the safety and resilience of your community by being part of the SES

Increase or learn new skills while a part of a great team.

The training and experience you will receive as a volunteer will help you develop skills in leadership, communication, problem solving, personal organisation, prioritising tasks and physical fitness. These skills are highly valued by employers.

Enjoy being part of a team and working with friends along the way.

Meet with new people and make lifelong friends. As an integral part of a highly trained volunteer unit, you will work closely with other dedicated volunteers who, like a family, make up the life of the organisation.

Volunteers have access to extensive training resources and medical support if required.

In addition to comprehensive training, psychological first aid support is available through the Stress Prevention and Management team to all volunteers, if they should ever need it.                                           

Be recognised for your contribution to the community and part of a group that is respected and promoted.

Volunteers are eligible for numerous honours and awards at a local, state and even national level. To recognise, value, respect and promote SES volunteers is a priority for the organisation.