Give back to the Great Outdoors
Wednesday 16 May, 2018
Getting out and about in nature is a great way to spend your spare time and with National Volunteer Week from 21-27 May, why not become a Parks Victoria volunteer?
Managing 18% of Victoria’s Land and 70% of Victoria’s coast, Parks Victoria needs a lot of human-power to keep our parks at their best. With more than 20,000 volunteers across the state, there’s no better way to give back to your own backyard.
Here are our top 5 ways to volunteer with Parks Victoria:
Become a Volunteer Sherpa
Parks can be difficult to navigate for people with differing abilities which is why our award-winning Volunteer Sherpa Program is so important. Parks Victoria currently has 56 Sherpa volunteers, who are specially trained in operating the TrailRider chair at the Grampians and The Dandenong Ranges National Park. This specially designed chair allows people who may be in wheelchairs or unable to tackle a track to experience more. Our Volunteer Sherpas assist by pushing and pulling the TrailRider chair along spectacular park trails enabling our visitors to explore park trails they would not have been able to previously.
Join a Friends Group
A friends’ group is a team of people with an interest in supporting a particular park, conservation reserve or species of native flora or fauna. There are more than 100 different groups helping Parks Victoria to maintain and protect the diverse network of parks.
Friends groups vary in size, activities and structure. Groups usually meet and volunteer weekly or monthly but some volunteers are in the park every day, and visitors are always welcome to attend.
Search the Sea
The Sea Search program is a great way to learn and explore the marine environment while collecting important information on its health and condition. The information collected by Sea Searchers aids the management of marine parks.
There are a range of activities to suit all experience levels. Sea Search activities occur both on shore and in the water.
Join our Volunteer Track Ranger program
Parks Victoria currently has over 100 Volunteer Track Rangers who provide their expertise and time during peak holiday periods. They walk and camp along popular tracks while providing assistance to hikers, giving them helpful information, as well as encouraging conservation practices.
Be a Volunteer Campground host
Another great way to volunteer with Parks Victoria is by becoming a campground host. What better way to see our magnificent parks while providing a valuable service to other campers and Parks Victoria rangers at the same time.
As a campground host, you will enjoy working in some of Victoria’s most amazing wilderness areas, be the welcoming face for visitors upon arrival, provide orientation information about the campground facilities and ensure visitors experience everything our parks have to offer.
Parks Victoria is incredibly fortunate to have so many volunteers that find time each year to participate in a number of programs across the state. From removing pest plants and weeds, undertaking surveys, clearing tracks through to assisting at our visitor information centres- our volunteers and specialist groups contribute more than 222,000 hours towards the health and upkeep of our parks.
There are more ways to volunteer alongside Parks Victoria with many specialist groups volunteering their time and services throughout the year through specialised activities, animal control programs, survey monitoring, working bees and restoration projects.
Volunteering is open to everyone who wants to get involved. Learn more and register as a volunteer today.
Media enquiriesMelanie McVey-Di Lazzaro
0459 818 451
Parks Victoria media centre