The City of Hobart recognises the importance of volunteers and the valuable contribution they make. We engage approximately 680 volunteers through different programs. 

The following programs regularly engage volunteers for a variety of activities and events. Note that some volunteering programs may be reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19. Please contact the program that is of interest to you to find out more about available volunteering opportunities.

Mathers House and Criterion House

There are a range of volunteering opportunities as part of the Positive Ageing Program.

These include:

  • Dining Room Program Volunteers: Cooks, Kitchen Hands, Waiters
  • Meeters and Greeters: Peer support to welcome people into our centre, let them know about the positive ageing program, help them to find the answers to their questions on the internet, fill in online forms, book tickets
  • Program Facilitators: Most of our programs are run by volunteers and we are always open to new ideas. So have a look at what we do and get in touch if you think you can help
  • Hobart Older Persons' Reference Group: The Hobart Older Persons' Reference Group (HOPRG) is a group of older people who have an interest in Hobart. HOPRG works to build community and social connectedness for older people both locally and throughout greater Hobart. HOPRG's mission is to ensure that the voice of older people is heard, and that older people have the opportunity to be included and engaged in their communities. If you are interested in being a member of HOPRG, please phone 03 6238 2772 or email josephm@hobartcity.com.au.

If you would like to apply to register as a volunteer at Mathers House you can complete and submit the online form. A printable form is available on our forms page.

For more information phone 03 6234 1441 or email mathersplace@hobartcity.com.au

Youth Arts and Recreation Centre

The Youth Arts and Recreation Centre is a safe place for young people aged 12 to 25 to engage in social and skill development activities and offer creative opportunities in art, music, performance and much more.

Volunteers work with the Youth ARC staff to support the delivery of these social and creative programs, workshops and events plus centre operations. To best complement our programs and support the young participant we are seeking volunteers with skills and attributes in art, music, creativity, social engagement and with a great ability to work as part of a team.

To apply please email youthartsandrec@hobartcity.com.au to tell us about yourself and request a volunteer selection form.

For more Youth ARC information, visit the Youth Arts & Recreation Centre Facebook page or phone 0438 079 588.


Volunteers work with community Bushcare groups and the City of Hobart to help enhance wildlife habitat, protect threatened plants, maintain and develop tracks, and educate the community.

For more information visit the Bushcare page, the Bushcare Facebook page, phone 03 6238 2884, or email bushcare@hobartcity.com.au.

Still Gardening

The Still Gardening Program, run by the City of Hobart, gives older people a chance to stay active in their homes and gardens. We support a team of dedicated and inspiring volunteers – Garden Mates – who go out and work one-on-one with older people in their gardens helping them keep on doing what they love: getting their hands dirty and enjoying the outdoors.

Find out more at the Still Gardening page, phone 03 6236 9349 or email StillGardening@hobartcity.com.au.

Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre

 A temporary suspension has been placed on this program, which is being monitored regularly.

Volunteers provide assistance, advice and a friendly welcome to visiting tourists. The program provides a ‘meet and greet’ at Hobart Airport (seven days a week, all year round) and at the MAC2 cruise ship terminal during the cruise ship season.

We welcome new volunteers and provide an annual get together and training events, and the tourism community provide discounted access to many experiences to enhance your knowledge. 

To more information about the Meet and Greet program, phone 03 6238 4215, or email volunteer@hobarttravelcentre.com.au.

International Student Ambassadors

Volunteers are recruited on a yearly basis and represent international students by being involved at events such as Citizenship Ceremonies, Harmony Day, Volunteer Recognition Reception, Sister City events, and other key community activities. Volunteers also develop their own initiatives to make Hobart a more welcoming city.

For more information visit the International Student Ambassadors page, or phone 03 6238 2495.

National Volunteer Week

The City of Hobart traditionally holds an annual reception during National Volunteer Week to thank volunteers contributing to the Hobart community.

You can learn more about it on the City of Hobart Volunteer Recognition Awards page.