Parks Victoria provides TrailRiders (all terrain wheelchairs) in selected parks across Victoria enabling visitors to access more rugged walking tracks. As a volunteer Sherpa you will provide this physical assistance to pull/push the TrailRider on a variety of park walking tracks in these parks.
Volunteering as a Sherpa is a great way to explore the park while lending a helping hand to park visitors. As a volunteer Sherpa, you will play an important role in enabling visitors with disabilities or mobility limitations to explore locations beyond the realm of conventional wheelchairs, helping them to get outdoors and be active. You will also get to meet some amazing people.
Currently the Volunteer Sherpa program operates in the Grampians National Park and the Dandenong Ranges National Park.
What you'll do
Assist visitors to physically access and explore parks
Provide park information and track advice to TrailRider users
Enhance the park experience for park visitors
Volunteer Sherpas must have a good level of fitness, good communication skills and enjoy engaging with people.
To apply you will first need to register as a volunteer at Park Connect.
Once you’re registered, login, search and join the Volunteer Sherpa Program group or information session activities if they are scheduled.
The program coordinator will be in touch with further details.
All successful applicants will require a National Police Check and volunteer Working with Children Check. The National Police check can be processed online and Parks Victoria will cover the cost. All successful applicants will be required to attend a one-day induction day. For any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: (03) 8427 3541.
How to book a Volunteer Sherpa (Grampians and Dandenong Ranges only)
Are you looking to explore the Grampians or Dandenong Ranges National and require assistance from a volunteer sherpa? Volunteer Sherpas are trained operators available to push and pull the TrailRider chair. The service is free of charge but please book one week in advance of arrival.