Safety

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.