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Volunteer Park Guides

Recruitment is not currently open for Volunteer Park Guides.

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

The Yarra Bend Program has finished for 2019. We will re-open recruitment late in 2019. The Yarra Bend program has Volunteer Park Guides at Bell Bird Picnic Area, 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 play an important role in increasing the awareness about this threatened species, it’s surrounding habitat and help its protection.


To register your interest in volunteering -  join the Park Connect group ‘Park Guides’.

Site 2 - Bogong High Plains

The Alpine National Park Program has finished for 2019. The program involved having friendly guides in the Wallace’s and Cope Hut precinct on the Bogong High Plains; within the Alpine National Park. This included providing visitors with information and facilitating guided walks.


To register your interest -  join the Park Connect group ‘Park Guides’.

When

The Volunteer Park Guides doesn’t run over the colder months. Recruitment will open closer to the end of 2019.

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:

You will then be notified when recruitment is open.

Enquiries

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