Applications are now being sought from interested persons, for 1-month volunteer placements in some of Tasmania’s most beautiful national parks and reserves. Applications close on Monday 26th August 2019, (with the exception of Maatsuyker Island which is now closed and fully subscribed until September 2022. The next round of placements for Maatsuyker Island will be advertised in June/July 2021).

Cockle Creek Handover Martyn Lorraine Heather Christine Volunteers CC Feb 2011

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in southern Tasmania, manage 6 Volunteer Caretaker Programs at the following sites and locations:

· Cape Bruny Light station
· Bruny Island Quarantine Station
· Mt Field National Park Campground
· Maatsuyker Island
· Cockle Creek
· Melaleuca in the South West National Park

‘Volunteer Caretakers play such an important role both in summer and, in some cases, year round, by providing a welcome face to our visitors locally and from all over the world’, says Pip Gowen (Regional Volunteer Facilitator South).

Typical volunteer tasks include meeting and greeting visitors, providing information and interpretation and ensuring our gateways to our parks, reserves and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) are clean and well presented.

‘Volunteers also assist the PWS by providing extra hands for basic maintenance of grounds and buildings. Every year, volunteers say how much they have enjoyed the opportunity to live in a wonderful spot while meeting lots of interesting people and giving our rangers a helping hand’, Pip added.

Accommodation is provided at most sites for the duration of the placement and PWS provide support throughout, including a full induction and safety briefing, volunteer uniforms and personal protective equipment.

Volunteer caretaker Eugene Hedemman assisting walkers fill out log book Feb 2018

Applications are being sought from anyone interested in 1-month volunteer placements from October 2019 through until the end of April 2020.

For all enquiries please go to the PWS website volunteer page How to Volunteer scroll down to Volunteer Caretaker Section or contact Pip Gowen,

by email at:

Applications close on Monday 26th August 2019 at 8am, with the exception of Maatsuyker which closes on 8th August.