Volunteering

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

To ensure the restricted mass gatherings and physical distancing directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer are adhered to, all volunteering, education and guided walks programs have been suspended until further notice. This includes individual participation as part of community or environmental group on Parks Victoria’s estate.

Whilst we appreciate the enormous contribution volunteers make to the conservation and protection of nature, the message is clear – you must stay home. Currently there are only four reasons to leave your house. For food and supplies that you need. For exercise. For medical care and care giving. And for work and education – if necessary.

Bushfire Volunteer Response and Recovery

We are currently experiencing an unprecedented level of fire activity across Victoria. The passion and willingness of the community to reach out and help is remarkable and volunteers will play a very important role in the bushfire recovery efforts once the immediate fire danger has passed.

A variety of bushfire recovery volunteer opportunities will soon be available via Citizen Science programs from monitoring wildlife to clearing tracks, repairing fences and restoring habitats.

To register your interest for bushfire recovery activities, please register via ParkConnect, and select ‘bushfire recovery’ as your interest.  We will continue to contact all registered volunteers with up-to-date opportunities as they become available.

Our current team of field-based volunteer emergency responders have been trained extensively for these specific roles and the dangerous conditions. Do not attempt to approach or enter any parks that are experiencing or have experienced any fire activity. See the latest information on fire affected parks.

Thank you for your enthusiasm and we look forward to your assistance in the near future.

Volunteer in Victoria's parks 

Volunteering in parks is a great way to contribute to conserving Victoria’s special places. The many personal benefits of volunteering include learning more about plants and wildlife, gaining new skills, being in the outdoors, improving health and well being and meeting new friends. Time spent in nature also reduces stress and promotes physical wellbeing.

Discover hundreds of exciting volunteer opportunities around Victoria and learn about groups working in your local area. There are volunteer activities for every age group, skill and ability type. Join a regular group or just participate occasionally. You can volunteer for a huge range of activities, including:

  • improving habitats for wildlife
  • learning how to propagate plants and collect seeds
  • taking photos of endangered species and habitats
  • providing visitor information along popular tracks and campgrounds
  • providing interpretation and guided walks

 

Register to become an official Parks Victoria volunteer by creating a user account and volunteer profile with details about your interests, skills, and contact information. With ParkConnect, you can look for volunteer opportunities that match your interest or location, join an activity or group, plan a volunteer group activity and record and celebrate your achievements.

 

Vision for the future

To find out about the future of volunteering at Parks Victoria download the Volunteering in Parks Strategic Plan.

 

 

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