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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents


As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site


Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded


A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.More

The invaluable contribution of our volunteers

Anna Broome and Adam Gittins volunteering at Cockle Creek following six month caretaking at Maatsuyker Island
Volunteers contribute tens of thousands of hours per month to conservation efforts around Tasmania, working in parks and reserves managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS).

During National Volunteer Week, 21-27 May 2018, PWS recognises the efforts of the many dedicated volunteers who contribute to looking after Tasmania’s natural areas and the well-being of the community.

While PWS is the primary steward of the 19 national parks and more than 800 reserves it manages, the community plays an important support role in protecting the core natural and heritage values of these special places.

The incredible contribution made by volunteers is invaluable. Many volunteers are professionals who generously donate their time, as well as sharing their varied talents, skills and passions.

Many of the Parks and Wildlife Service volunteer programs work because of collaborative efforts with local Land and Coastcare community groups (through Landcare Tasmania), Wildcare Inc, local councils and NRMs, education providers, Volunteering Tasmania, commercial operators, bush walking clubs, penguin guiding groups, 4WD clubs, and specific interest groups like the Mountain Huts Preservation Society. These are just some of the groups and organisations promoting and facilitating volunteering opportunities in our parks and reserves.

Volunteering is a fun and rewarding contribution to caring for our parks and reserves, providing opportunities for spending time in some of Tasmania’s extraordinary wilderness areas. Volunteer work opportunities range from day-long working bees to caretaking positions at popular visitor sites and offshore islands that run over several months.

For more information about volunteering opportunities with PWS visit our volunteering page.