Each summer volunteers assist the Parks and Wildlife Service by providing a visitor and walker information and education service in the far south. Volunteer Caretakers provide information about what to expect on the tracks, offer advice about safety and generally provide a friendly face on behalf of PWS.

Where we work

Volunteers are based at Cape Bruny, Bruny Island Quarantine Station,  Cockle Creek or at Melaleuca and Maatsuyker Is  all in the Southern Region of Parks and Wildlife Service managed Reserves.

What we do

Each summer volunteers assist the Parks and Wildlife Service field centre by providing a visitor and walker information and education service in the far south. Volunteers live and are based out of the Rangers quarters. Campground hosts provide information to visitors and walkers about what to expect on the tracks, offer some wise words about safety and generally provide a friendly welcoming face on behalf of PWS. Volunteers also keep an eye on the campgrounds and toilet close to the quarters to ensure they are kept tidy and sometimes carry out maintenance work around the area. Hosts have radio contact with PWS Staff  and check in regularly during their stay.

Cape Bruny Caretaker and Weather Observer  –  minimum of 2 month placement

Bruny Island Quarantine Station  Caretaker – minimum 1 month placements

Cockle Creek  Campground Host-  minimum 1 month Placements

Melaleuca –  minimum of 1 month

Maatsuyker Island – minimum 6 month placement (separate role  for this placement and more specific skills as remote Island)

Mt Field – 4 -6 week placements

Each year a volunteer caretaker program  information pack is loaded onto the Wildcare website through the calender of events and news articles page.

This includes an application form which you should fill out and return to the contact provided.

People applying will be assessed by the Regional Volunteer Facilitator and Ranger in charge of the area.  Those people expressing interest in the Melaleuca and Maatsuyker Island  programs need to be able to demonstrate they are experienced in living in a remote setting and have current first aid certificate etc. etc. All applicants are required to participate in induction training as the second part of the selection process.

Our Contacts

Regional Volunteer facilitator (South) on

Mobile: 0427 64 84 63

Email: pip.gowen@parks.tas.gov.au