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Volunteering

Volunteers actively contribute through participation in working bees, management plans, projects and community engagement events.

No skills are required to volunteer. You will need enthusiasm, commitment, good physical mobility and a sense of fun – and won't mind getting your hands dirty!

Bushcare groups work as a team, expanding into new areas and consolidating achievements. As they work, volunteers gain a variety of skills, and learn new concepts and techniques through on-ground action and training opportunities.

Supervisors come to working bee activities with a vehicle that is stocked with tools, equipment, real coffee and chocolate biscuits.

View the latest Winter Working Bee Program(PDF, 572KB)

A Bushcare volunteer is a City of Hobart volunteer. The benefits of this include:

  • on-ground training from qualified City of Hobart staff and volunteers
  • tools, materials and personal protective equipment
  • educational events
  • an annual thank you BBQ  
  • administrative support for the Bushcare group
  • a quarterly newsletter
  • no annual membership fees.      

Many groups are affiliated with other organisations such as Wildcare and Landcare, providing them with the support to undertake activities outside of the City of Hobart Bushcare program.

How to volunteer

  1. Pick a Bushcare Working Bee to attend. To find your nearest group explore the Bushcare group map.  Alternatively contact the Bushcare team.
  2. Pre-register as a City of Hobart volunteer by filling in the Volunteer Registration Form(DOCX, 35KB).
  3.  At your first working bee, the Bushcare Supervisor will give you a short induction and complete the registration process to ensure you have a safe and good time in the bush.

You can also fill in the form at the working bee. Please note that families and children are welcome. Children 16 to 18 years can volunteer, without a supervising guardian present, with permission from their legal guardian. Children under 16 years must have a supervising guardian present in order to participate.

What to bring                                                                                                         

Come ready to help with fully enclosed sturdy footwear, long-sleeved shirt and trousers, a hat, water and sunscreen.

What’s in it for me?

As a Bushcare volunteer, you'll enjoy healthy outdoor activity as you learn new skills. You'll be helping to ensure the sustainability and natural beauty of Hobart's precious bushland areas.

If you have other skills to offer, there are also opportunities to get involved in office-based projects such as writing for the Bandicoot Times and organising or helping with Bushcare events. Whatever your interests, there's a satisfying, helpful and enjoyable role in Bushcare waiting for you.

Training suggestions

If you have a training suggestions email: bushcare@hobartcity.com.au