Frequently Asked Questions
How can I be a Green Guardians volunteer?
To participate in a Green Guardians project you need to be a guest on a multi-day tour in Tasmania with a participating commercially licensed operator. Please see the table of tourism operators on the ‘Projects and Updates’ page to explore the opportunities available.
What type of projects do Green Guardians offer?
Green Guardians provides opportunities for guests to participate in conservation projects in Tasmania’s national parks and reserves. Projects will vary depending on the area and tourism operator. Please see the table on the ‘Projects and Updates page’ for details of current projects available.
As a volunteer do I need any special skills?
Participation in the project does not require you to have any previous skills or qualifications. Your fully trained professional tour guides will teach you what you need to know to participate and will provide any equipment and resources needed for the project.
What is the role of the tourism operator?
The tourism operator co-ordinates the volunteers on their tours and provides trained guides to facilitate work on the projects. The tourism operators are provided with the resources and training required for the project by Parks staff. Tourism operators will also issue the complementary Park Pass provided by Parks and Wildlife to volunteers which is valid for redemption for 12 months on completion of the tour.
What are the benefits of participating in the Program for the volunteers?
Volunteers gain a strong ‘feel good’ factor as they enjoy their trip while also making a positive and tangible contribution to an authentic conservation project in Tasmania. They also receive a Parks Pass valid for redemption for 12 months after their Green Guardians tour.
What are the benefits of the Program to the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service?
The Parks and Wildlife Service increase their ability to achieve their conservation objectives and also develop stronger partnerships with commercial operators, local businesses and the community.
What happens to all the rubbish and weeds we collect?
Drop off points and proper disposal methods are taken care of professionally by the guides from the tourism operator and the rangers with the Parks and Wildlife Service.
What if I want to participate in the project but others in my group do not?
It is not a requirement of the Green Guardians Program that everyone participates. The projects are designed to allow some guests to partake while others do not without it being disruptive to the experience. Each conservation project has a choice of tasks for people of various ages and abilities to enjoy, from being the scribe to distributing the equipment, weeding to reading display monitors. Every little bit helps!