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Upgraded Julius River bridges improve visitor access


Bridge upgrades at the Julius River Regional Reserve are now complete.More

Viewing platform upgrades for Rocky Cape's Aboriginal heritage sites


Two viewing platforms have been replaced as part of visitor facility improvements at Rocky Cape National Park on the North-West Coast. The platforms are at the Lee Archer Cave and South Cave sites, which have highly significant Aboriginal heritage values.More

Urban focus for World Wetlands Day


'Wetlands for a sustainable future' is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2018. This international celebration of the significance of wetland environments is held annually on 2 February.More

Become a Volunteer

How to Volunteer

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PWS volunteers have the opportunity
to enjoy a wide range of projects

The Parks and Wildlife Service appreciates the assistance provided by hundreds of volunteers and a large number of volunteer organisations all around Tasmania. With over 50% of the State protected and cared for in reserves we can't do everything that is needed on our own. Our volunteers and their organisations contribute time valued in excess of $5 million each year to reserve management projects. Our community volunteer partners also contribute annually hundreds of thousands of dollars to projects, raised through grants sponsorship, donation and grants. These projects will be completed in partnership with the Parks and Wildlife Service. In addition to the effort, hours and funding that volunteers contribute, we enjoy working cooperatively with the Tasmanian community and others. We invite you to consider becoming a volunteer with us. There is a variety of ways that you can be involved.

Friends groups and local volunteers


Are you interested in supporting a particular national park or reserve? Or getting involved in one of the many volunteer programs undertaken by local volunteers?

Check out the Friends groups, projects and programs offered through WILDCARE Inc, our primary local volunteer management partner. You can join any of the WILDCARE Friends groups or simply register as an individual volunteer. WILDCARE Inc will contact you when volunteer opportunities that match your interests arise. WILDCARE members receive a range of benefits including a $25 discount on the purchase of an Annual Park Pass.

Other Volunteer Partners

There are many community organizations who provide volunteer assistance to managing Tasmania’s National Parks and Reserves. Check out the Partner Volunteer Organisations Register – there is bound to be a community group to suit you.

Becoming a Partner Volunteer Organisation

Would you like to register your group as a Parks and Wildlife Service Partner Volunteer Organisation? If so, simply complete the on line Partner Volunteer Organisation Registration Form [PDF 131KB] and you will be included on the register, we will contact you when there are volunteer projects related to the interests of your group and we will refer potential members to you. If you would like other volunteers to come and lend a hand we will also post on our Calendar of Volunteer Events information about volunteer projects you are undertaking on reserved land.

Annual Volunteer Programs

There are a number of volunteer opportunities which are available throughout the year, ranging from 1 month to 6 month placements:

  • Maatsuyker Island Volunteer Caretaker and Weather Observer
  • Cape Bruny Island Volunteer Caretaker and Weather Observer
  • Bruny Island Quarantine Station Volunteer Caretaker
  • Deal Island Volunteer Caretaker

For further details contact Pip.Gowen@parks.tas.gov.au

Seasonal Volunteer Programs

There are a number of volunteer opportunities which are available between November and April each year, ranging from 1 month to 2 months:

  • Melaleuca Volunteer Caretaker
  • Cockle Creek Volunteer Caretaker
  • Mount Field Volunteer Caretaker

Information about and applications for volunteer caretaker roles for the 2016-17 season are now open. Click through for the relevant documents for Melaleuca (Word, 590KB), Cockle Creek (Word, 740KB) or Mount Field (Word, 810KB).

Calendar of Volunteer Events

Would you like to simply participate as a volunteer in an occasional project? Check out our Calendar of Volunteer Events for details about up-coming projects and programs that are looking for extra assistance.

Other Organisations Supporting Community Volunteers

The following organisations are among a number that work collaboratively with the Parks and Wildlife Service in supporting community volunteers.

Parks and Wildlife Service Volunteer Facilitators

If you would like to discuss your options and interests in more detail, or have any queries please contact your local Regional Volunteer Facilitator or local Ranger.



Contact Email

Phone Number



(03) 6777 2179


 Stephen Mansfield


(03) 6429 8727


Pip Gowen


0427 648463

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