Volunteering in our parks and reserves not only offers you the opportunity to do your part to help protect our environment – it can also improve your health and wellbeing. Here's some information to help keep you safe while you're lending a hand.
What to bring
What you bring with you when taking part in a volunteering program may depend on the activity you’ll be involved in, but typically you should bring:
- long-sleeved shirt and long pants
- sturdy shoes that cover your toes
- broad-brimmed hat
- sunscreen (SPF30+)
- insect repellent
- water and food for yourself
- any medications or personal hygiene products you may need
- waterproof, windproof jacket.
Ensuring a safe working environment
To ensure a safe working environment for you and all our volunteers, when volunteering with us, your supervisor will:
- Describe the site and project, including how your efforts contribute to conservation of natural and cultural heritage and any impact on cultural heritage values or threatened or endangered species.
- Outline potential hazards, emergency procedures and provide emergency contacts.
- Explain your tasks and activities.
- Outline any activities which volunteers may not engage in, including use of firearms and tree-felling.
- Detail accident reporting procedures.
Your responsibilities as a Parks and Conservation Service volunteer
We need your help, too, to ensure a safe working environment for all when volunteering. You can help by following these simple steps:
- Undertake all tasks in a responsible, dependable, conscientious and courteous manner.
- Follow the instructions of your volunteer supervisor and seek clarification if you're unclear on anything.
- Participate in induction and training programs.
- Comply with relevant conservation requirements and legislation.
- Support a non-discriminatory and harassment-free environment.
- Don't disclose any confidential or sensitive information.
- Don't be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Report any safety incidents or hazards immediately.
- Advise your volunteer supervisor of any pre-existing medical conditions or other concerns
- In case of an emergency or life-threatening injury, call 000 for fire, police or ambulance services.