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Volunteer Park Guides

Recruitment is now open for Bogong High Plains.

Becoming a Volunteer Park Guide is a great way to share your knowledge and experience with visitors on the many natural and cultural values Victoria’s parks have to offer. As a Park Guide, you will be volunteering with a group of like-minded people to deliver interpretive walks. All volunteers will receive specialised training and support from Parks Victoria.  Volunteer Park Guides have a unique opportunity to enhance others knowledge of Victoria’s special places and assist in fostering a connection to nature.

Where

Site 1 - Yarra Bend

Recruitment for the 2018 Yarra Bend Program has finished. We currently have Volunteer Park Guides at Bell Bird Picnic Area in Yarra Bend Park, Kew. This is Melbourne’s premier Grey-headed Flying Fox hangout. Flying foxes are listed as threatened and play a major role in the regeneration of native hardwood forests and rainforests by pollinating as they feed and disperse seeds as they move throughout the forest. Volunteer Park Guides will play an important role in increasing the awareness about this threatened species, it’s surrounding habitat and help its protection.

Find out more about the Flying Fox Discovery Tours

Site 2 - Bogong High Plains

Recruitment is open for this program, see below details on how to apply. Parks Victoria is looking for volunteers that have an interest in nature and enjoy speaking to a group of visitors to be roving Park Guides in the Wallace’s and Cope Hut precinct on the Bogong High Plains; within the Alpine National Park. This will include providing visitors with information and facilitating guided walks.

When

Site 1 - Yarra Bend

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays in November and December 2018.

Site 2 - Bogong High Plains

Saturday and Sunday

Thursday

Easter Saturday and Sunday

29 and 30 December 2018

3 January 2019

20 April 2019

5 and 6 January 2019

10 January 2019

21 April 2019

12 and 13 January 2019

17 January 2019

 

19 and 20 January 2019

  

What you'll do

As a Volunteer Park Guide you will:

  • Attend a two-day training course
  • Provide information and facilitate 30 to 45 minute guided walks to a group of park visitors
  • Engage in story telling of the sites natural and human history and highlight local flora and fauna of interest.

Download the Bogong High Plains - Volunteer Park Guide role description (PDF 354KB)

What key skills are needed?

Park Guides will need to be confident in public speaking, have a positive attitude, strong communication and enjoy engaging with people.

A National Police Check will be conducted online for all successful applicants, with the cost covered by Parks Victoria.

A Working with Children Check is also required and can be obtained by visiting www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au. This check is free for all Volunteers.

How to join

If you are interested in joining the Bogong High Plains program follow these steps:

The program coordinator will be in touch to organise a phone interview.

Enquiries

For any questions, please email guides@parks.vic.gov.au