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.

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

The volunteer program at Salamanca Market is currently at capacity. Please check in again soon.

Volunteers provide assistance, advice and a friendly welcome to people visiting the market. The core duties when volunteering at the market are ensuring everyone checks-in using the Tasmanian Government Check-in Tas app and counting visitor numbers to ensure maximum capacity numbers are not exceeded. Some volunteers also help with sanitisation to keep our market COVID-safe.

Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre

New volunteer intakes are currently closed at the 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.

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.