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Volunteering

Bushcare volunteers help protect and restore Hobart’s bushland reserves and waterways in many ways.

We remove weeds, create and restore local wildlife habitat, plant trees, shrubs and groundcovers, and monitor weeds, habitat and threatened species.

We maintain and develop tracks, contribute to management plans and help with community education programs. 

You don’t need any experience or skills to become a Bushcare volunteer – just enthusiasm, commitment, good physical mobility and a sense of fun! It helps if you love getting your hands dirty too!

Our experienced (and very friendly!) Bushcare Team Leaders will be on-site to provide training and technical advice. They will bring the tools and equipment and will even provide tea, coffee and biscuits! 

Families and children are very welcome. 

Getting started

  1. Choose the Bushcare group you would like to work with. We have a great online map to help you find your nearest group, or email the Bushcare team.
  2. Complete the Volunteer Registration Form and bring it to your first working bee. 
  3. At your first working bee we'll run you through a short induction and you will need to complete the registration process to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time in the bush.

Aged 16-18?

If you are between the ages of 16 and 18 you can volunteer without a supervising guardian present as long as your parent or a guardian has signed the Registration Form. 

Please print the Registration Form, complete the mandatory sections, sign it and ask your parent or guardian to read and sign the form too. Then bring it with you to your first working bee. 

Children under 16 must have a parent or guardian present and supervising at every activity.

What to bring

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

Don’t forget your warm clothes in the cooler weather!

Why volunteer?

People join Bushcare for many different reasons. There are also lots of benefits including:  

  • Meeting like-minded people.
  • Connecting with nature.
  • Having fun!
  • Learning about Australia’s unique plants and animals. 
  • Being active and spending time outdoors.
  • Getting involved in a meaningful project that gives back to the community.

The Bushcare Policy and Key Information from the Revised Bushcare Policy for Bushcare Volunteers – August 2013 can provide you with more details of the City’s Bushcare program.