It's National Volunteers Week
Tuesday 21 May, 2019
Give back to the Great Outdoors
Celebrate National Volunteer Week with Parks Victoria
This week is the 30th Anniversary of National Volunteer Week so why not get out and about in nature whilst volunteering with Parks Victoria.
Managing 18 per cent of Victoria’s Land and 70 per cent 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.
Leesa Riley, Statewide Volunteer Coordinator, Parks Victoria says Parks Victoria is fortunate to have so many volunteers that find time each year to participate in a number of programs across the state
“Volunteers work with us to protect the environment and enhance the visitor experience, assisting with data collection, track and trail maintenance, conservation works, protecting and restoring heritage values and customer service. This all contributes to the health of our state’s parks and reserves which are incredible natural and community assets, and often key contributors to jobs, businesses and local economies,” said Ms Riley.
“Our volunteers and specialist groups contribute more than 280,000 hours towards the health and upkeep of our parks for which we are incredibly grateful.”
“There are also great benefits for volunteering as it’s a great way to connect with others and improve your physical and mental health”, said Ms Riley.
Here are a few ways you can get involved and volunteer with Parks Victoria:
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.
Join our Volunteer Track Ranger program
Parks Victoria currently has more than 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.
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. Our Volunteer Sherpas assist by pushing and pulling the TrailRider chair enabling our visitors to explore park trails they may not have been able to access before.
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.
Volunteering is open to everyone who wants to get involved, head to https://www.parkconnect.vic.gov.au/Volunteer/
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Video of an interview with Volunteer Track Ranger
Media enquiriesMelanie McVey-Di Lazzaro
Parks Victoria media centre