If you like the thought of being involved in the care of the Northern Territory's parks, reserves and wildlife, then the "Volunteers in Parks" program may be for you!
Fulfilling the role to protect wildlife (pdf 153Kb) within and outside Northern Territory parks and reserves involves a range of activities in the areas of administration, bushfires control, wildlife management, research and park management. Many of these activities provide opportunities for the involvement of volunteers. A wide spectrum of experiences are available from determining animal populations to cooking for scientists and rangers on remote survey camps.
There are already a number of volunteer groups within the Parks and Wildlife Service, namely the 'Friends of the Darwin Botanic Gardens', 'Friends of the Territory Wildlife Park' and the 'Friends of the Alice Springs Desert Park'.
These groups of volunteers provide valuable input into their respective areas. The Volunteers in Parks program provides opportunities for volunteers to participate in other Service activities.
Who can Volunteer?
You may be looking for something different to do in your leisure time, or perhaps you've retired from a similar vocation and would like to keep up your skills, or maybe you'd just like to play a part in conserving the parks and wildlife of the Northern Territory. Opportunities that may become available at various times of the year are listed at Volunteer Activities.
A volunteer must be over 16 years old, of a suitable fitness and have a keen interest in being involved in the care of parks, reserves, botany and wildlife. There are projects suitable for everyone at various times of the year.
International volunteers on a tourist visa can participate in volunteer work up to a maximum of 45% of their available time on their visa. The principal of the visa (tourism) must be adhered to as the major component of their time in Australia.
Volunteers are not eligible for remuneration in the way of wages.
Activities you could be involved in:
- Stay in isolated locations
- Record wildlife data
- Band/tag animals/birds
- Cook for scientists on survey camps
- Enter data
- Survey visitors on their impression of parks
- Data on some species is collected using light aircraft. For example, surveys of donkeys, camels, dugongs and seagrass beds.
Rehabilitation and erosion control
- Involves putting measures in place to prevent land erosion
- May involve planting or construction work
General park maintenance
- Minor construction works, eg erecting signs
- Assist with general enquires
- Care of orphaned or injured wildlife
- Conducting surveys of crocodiles within management areas
- Help to keep the Service's machinery and equipment in working order
- Counting and surveying tree populations
- Data entry work
Walking track maintenance and improvement
- Construction work, sometimes in isolated locations
Weed management, survey and control
- Undertaking control measures
Exotic animal control
- Undertaking control measures for feral animals - may involve working in isolated locations
- Fire prevention and suppression.
- Mapping techniques and data entry skills may also be required
- Training will be provided on the job where necessary. The Project Officer will ensure you are provided with induction, skills and any other training necessary to perform your volunteer role. Opportunities to attend workshops and other training courses may be offered through the newsletter (pdf 252Kb) where appropriate.
- The Department's insurance policy does not include personal accident cover. The Department will cover reasonable medical expenses incurred as a result of an injury sustained while performing an approved project.
Volunteer in Parks Newsletters
Who to Contact?
If you've got some spare time and would enjoy meeting and working with other people interested in parks and wildlife please complete the Volunteer Registration Form (pdf 54Kb) and send it to the Volunteer Coordinator.
Parks and Wildlife Commission
PO Box 496
Palmerston, NT 0831
Phone: +61 (0)8 8999 4555
Fax: +61 (0)8 8999 4558