Volunteers participating in the black rat eradication program on Big Green Island
Volunteers participating in the black rat eradication program on Big Green Island (photograph: Chris Crerar)


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​​​​​Volunteering with the Parks and Wildlife Service

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) appreciates the assistance provided by thousands of hardworking and skilled volunteers around Tasmania. 

Each year individual volunteers, community volunteer groups and volunteer service organisations like Wildcare Tasmania contribute invaluable assistance through works and activities in our national parks and reserves in partnership with the PWS.

Each day these significant contributions help deliver environmental, conservation and sustainability outcomes and inspire more Tasmanians to engage and connect with their landscapes and communities. 

We invite you to consider being a volunteer with us. There are a variety of ways you can be involved including:

  • ​​PWS volunteer caretaker programs

  • Wildcare Tasmania

  • Other volunteer community groups. ​

Year-round and seasonal volunteer caretaker programs

A number of caretaker volunteer opportunities with the PWS are available throughout the year. These opportunities involve placements ranging from 1 month to 6 months and include:

  • ​Maatsuyker Island Volunteer Caretaker

  • Cape Bruny Light Station Volunteer Caretaker

  • Bruny Island Quarantine Station Volunteer Caretaker 

  • Deal Island Volunteer Caretaker 

  • Melaleuca Volunteer Caretaker

  • Waterfall Valley Volunteer Caretaker

  • Mount Field Volunteer Campground Caretaker

  • Ranger Assist opportunities

When applications are open for these volunteer caretaker positions, they are offered through an Expression of Interest process.  

To learn more about volunteering opportunities with the PWS, including caretaker vacancies, please visit the Department of ​Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE) Volunteering Opportunities page.  Here you will find a listing of opportunities and information about becoming an authorised volunteer with NRE Tas. 

​​Wildcare Tasmania

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

Check out the Friends groups, projects and programs offered through Wildcare Tasmania, our largest volunteer partner. 

You can join any of the 60+ Wildcare Branches and hear about a wide variety of opportunities. Wildcare also manages and publishes a state-wide calendar of volunteer events. 

For more information, please email Wildcare Tasmania at memberservices@wildcaretas.org.au or call on (03) 6165 4230.

Other community volunteer groups

The PWS also receives support from a large range of dedicated local community volunteer groups including sporting clubs, community progress associations, historical societies, Landcare and Coastcare groups. 

For more information on joining your local Landcare group, please contact Landcare Tasmania​ directly. 

If your local community group would like to get involved, please contact the PWS on 1300 TASPARKS (1300 827 727) or contact one of the Regional Volunteer Facilitators below. 

For more information 

If you would like to discuss your volunteering options and interests in more detail or have a specific query about volunteering in your area, please contact the PWS regional volunteer facilitator or your local ranger. 




Wildcare Tasmania:


Parks and Wildlife Service
GPO Box 1751
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 1300 TASPARKS, (1300 827 727)