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Eco-tourism projects proceed to the next stage of the EOI process


The Hodgman Liberal Government has announced that four projects will proceed to the next stage of the Expression Of Interest process.More

Improved access to Ralphs Falls


The Ralphs Falls track, one of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks within the Mt Victoria Regional Reserve, is now open to the public after repairs and upgrades.More

Providing a safe environment for penguins requires responsible dog ownership


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) suspect that dogs are responsible for six more penguin deaths at Sulphur Creek near Burnie on 1 November, bringing the total to 20 penguins killed in the area over the last seven days.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 almost 40% 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 $5,000,000 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 Caretaker
  • Cockle Creek Caretaker
  • Summer Roaming Volunteer Program

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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