Volunteering

All volunteers in City of Hobart's volunteer programs are required to be fully vaccinated. Some environments may also require you to wear a face mask.

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

COVID-19

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.

Vaccination requirement

All City of Hobart workers, including volunteers, need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have a medical exemption. This is so that we can continue to provide important community services whilst keeping our community and volunteers safe.

The City of Hobart needs to receive evidence of your vaccination status before you can engage in volunteer activities with the City of Hobart. You can discuss with your volunteer program coordinator the type of evidence accepted, and how it will be securely stored by the City.

Face masks

Face masks offer additional protection to you and the broader community against COVID-19.

Mask wearing is no longer a requirement in our indoor settings, however some environments may still require face masks to be worn. Should you have any questions, please discuss this with your volunteer program coordinator.

Volunteering programs

The following programs regularly engage volunteers for a variety of activities and events.

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.

Bushcare

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.

City Welcome Volunteer Program

The City Welcome Volunteer Program offers the opportunity to volunteer at various locations and events operated by the City of Hobart. People from all backgrounds who love to help other people, who are looking for social engagement, and who want to help keep Tasmania safe during the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to enquire.

Salamanca Market

Volunteers provide assistance, advice and a friendly welcome to people visiting the market. The core duties when volunteering at the market are summarised below:

  • Greeting visitors as they arrive and thanking visitors as they leave the market.
  • Assist with stallholder information such as where to find a specific stall or to find stallholders who sell certain items.
  • Escort visitors to stalls and nearby facilities, to bring an enhanced customer experience to the market.
  • Assist with general enquiries such as: location of nearby facilities, where is the closest public toilet or ATM and where do I find the Mona ferry terminal.
  • Helping reinforce market rules such as dogs and smoking
  • Helping out with fun activations such as during Dark Mofo.

Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre

Volunteers provide assistance, advice and a friendly welcome to visiting tourists and a good knowledge and passion for travel is helpful if you wish to volunteer at the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre. The program provides a 'meet and greet' experience at the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre, helping with simple visitor enquiries such as with directions or to answer questions about what to see and what to do.

Elizabeth Mall Information Hub

Volunteers provide support to our Travel Advisors by offering general assistance to the public and answering queries on Hobart surroundings and facilities such as:

  • Where is a specific car park?
  • Where is the nearest ATM?
  • Where is the nearest public toilet?
  • Where is a specific shop?
  • Where do I take lost property?

To fulfil this role, it is essential that you have a good understanding of Hobart surroundings and facilities, as members of the public will approach you to obtain knowledge, to assist with their enquiries and requests.

Hobart Airport

A temporary suspension has been placed on volunteering at Hobart Airport.

Volunteers provide assistance, advice and a friendly welcome to visitors and a good knowledge and passion for travel is helpful if you wish to volunteer at the Hobart Airport. The program provides a 'meet and greet' experience at Hobart Airport (seven days a week, all year round) and volunteers help with simple visitor enquiries such as questions about the airport services including transport options, directions or questions about what to see and what to do.

MAC 02

A temporary suspension has been placed on volunteering at MAC 02.

Volunteers provide assistance, advice and a friendly welcome to visiting cruise ship visitors during the cruise ship season.

City of Hobart community events

City Welcome volunteers come from a range of backgrounds and offer a range of skills to their volunteering. Our volunteers also develop new knowledge and skills through their volunteer deployments. From time to time, we invite volunteering at City of Hobart community events, particularly around providing a COVID-safe event. These events are diverse, entertaining and fun and a great way to experience a richer side of life in Hobart.

For more information about the City Welcome Volunteer Program, please contact program officer Luke Cazaly at cazalyl@hobartcity.com.au or phone 03 6238 2134.

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.