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Volunteer Opportunities

Learn about current volunteer opportunities in NSW national parks.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service - Wild Wild World

Volunteering in national parks

NPWS has a proud tradition of working with volunteers in a wide range of projects. Examples of volunteer opportunities include bush regeneration, flora and fauna surveys, threatened species management, culture and heritage conservation, working in information centres and conducting guided tours.

Orange Hawkweed Survey Volunteer Project

The National Parks and Wildlife Service, Southern Ranges Region, requires volunteers to help find Orange Hawkweed, Hieracium aurantiacum, in subalpine areas of Kosciuszko National Park. Orange Hawkweed originated from alpine regions in northern and southern Europe and is recognised as a serious environmental threat to Australian and New Zealand native grassland and wildflower communities. The key to eradicating this plant is to contain the known infestations and search for additional sites or infestations and apply control methods immediately.

The Orange Hawkweed survey project runs from early December through to late February, to coincide with the flowering period. Volunteers will work over a period of around 1 week. Food, accomodation and transport to survey sites is provided to volunteers on the project.

For more infomration and a full list of dates call Khancoban Visitor Information Centre on 02 6076 9373 during business hours.

Burrawang Dune Restoration in Kamay Botany Bay National Park (Kurnell)

Rehabilitate the dune back to Kurnell Dune Forest, based on the Kurnell Meeting Place Project. Work includes, seed collection, propagation, weeding and planting, as well as vegetation surveys.

Every second Thursday of the Month. Meet at the Visitor centre at 9am

Contact - Area Office 9668 2000

Barrenjoey Headland Bush Regeneration

Join us at this spectacular location adjacent to Barrenjoey Aquatic Reserve. While working at the site enjoy sweeping views of Pittwater and Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NP. This is ongoing project is targeting exotic weeds such as Bitou bush, Mother of millions, Ground asparagus and Lantana amongst pockets of littoral rainforest and coastal grassland. Checks out Snow wood and twinning bamboo while you here! Our work would involve simple hand removal of the weeds in various locations and bagging it for later collection. There will be an opportunity to visit the Lighthouse after work for all interested.

Location: Very tip of Northern Beaches Peninsula, 1km north of Palm Beach UBD p78 N3, just a five minute stroll from a car park

First Saturday of the month 9am-12noon

Contact: ph: 8977 7031 or ph: 8977 7031

Reef Beach Bush Regeneration

A serene location in the middle of Sydney where you can sit under the trees and while away the hours tackling the remaining weeds. This site has seen countless hours of volunteer assistance and is now a credit to those who have worked so hard to make it so beautiful. There are orchids, beautiful Botryoides and magnificent woodland which is now an Aboriginal repatriation site. The beach is stunning and a great place to cool off after some tough weeding.

Location: Reef Beach - end of Beatty Street, Dobroyd Head, Sydney Harbour National Park

Every 3rd Sunday of the month

Contact - Area Office 9960-6266

Nielsen Park Bush Regeneration

The work is weed removal in some good bushland in a harbour side National Park. It’s a project that has been going for 10 years. It’s physical work, mainly pulling out the weed Asparagus Fern. We have a couple of rare plants in the park, as well as remnant heath and woodland.

Tuesdays, 8am, Workshop at Nielsen Park Vaucluse

Contact Area Office on 9337 5511.

Peats Bight Bush Regeneration

Join a dedicated team of volunteers from all over Sydney to help restore unique diatreme vegetation in this nature reserve which is not generally open to the public. After persistent work over more than ten years Peats Bight is close to weed free and looking great! It's time to start tackling the Crater. Access is by NPWS boat or NPWS 4WD (bookings essential) followed by an enjoyable bushland walk to arrive at the site.

Location: Peats Bight & Peats Crater, Muogamarra Nature Reserve

6 Regeneration sessions per year

Contact or phone 9472 9322

Click here for a program of volunteer opportunities in Blue Mountains National Park

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