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Volunteer camp hosts 
Joan and Neville at Kurrajong. 
Photo – DBCA

The department runs a variety of volunteer projects across the state.

Volunteer projects range from the Wildcare Helpline and associated wildlife rehabilitation programs, campground hosting at some of our most popular national parks, track, trail and park maintenance, also science-focussed projects such as flora and fauna monitoring or cataloguing native seed specimens at the herbarium. Volunteers enable the department to increase our work capacity and help us to get more done. 

During the last financial year, more than 5400 volunteers contributed 723,000 hours to Parks and Wildlife Service projects across WA.

What's in it for you

Volunteers for Parks and Wildlife Service are involved in real projects, that contribute to the overall objectives of the department – this means that you could be involved in areas that you may not normally e.g. working in restricted areas, or with rare fauna and flora, or simply being part of the awesome and varied work that manage across the state.

Additionally, registered volunteers are eligible for the department’s volunteer rewards scheme, which includes discounts and subscriptions to Parks and Wildlife publications and park passes.

Current opportunities

There are many opportunities to volunteer throughout the department. To get started, take a look at the map to find a project in your area, then get in touch with the listed contact - they'll help you get involved. 

Can’t find anything you want to do? Check out these other options

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions:

  • Find a conservation group
    - Community conservation groups protect and manage our bushlands through raising awareness of biodiversity values and of natural areas in their local community.
  • Kings Park and Bold Park
    - Hundreds of Western Australians generously give their time in a variety of volunteer roles in Kings Park and Bold Park. They help to care for the natural environment, welcome visitors, advance science and preserve Western Australian history.
  • Perth Zoo
    - Love people as much as you love wildlife? Apply to be a volunteer Perth Zoo Docent!
  • Rottnest Island
    - The Rottnest Island Authority coordinates and supports a large number of independent voluntary groups who undertake a variety of important tasks on the Island throughout the year.


  • Conservation Volunteers website
    - Conservation Volunteers makes it easy for people to care for nature by volunteering on one of our many conservation projects across the country.
  • Bush Heritage Australia
    - Would you like to volunteer with Bush Heritage? We have a very active volunteer program with over 700 people currently supporting our work.
  • Volunteering WA
    - Volunteering WA aims to build strong communities through volunteering and provides a range of resources, services and support so that people in Western Australia are aware of and understand the nature and scope of volunteer activity.

Volunteer news

Other things you might want to know


All registered Parks and Wildlife volunteers are insured against personal accident while volunteering, given Health and Safety guidance, and training for their role.

If you are not an Australian Citizen you will need to have your own current health insurance.

Unfortunately, for insurance reasons, only people aged 16 and over can be registered as volunteers with Parks and Wildlife. There is no upper age limit, provided that you are physically capable of carrying out the role. Depending on the demands of the role, you may be asked to provide a ‘Fit for Work’ certificate.


Unfortunately, accommodation is generally not available in remote locations.

The boring stuff that you need to know

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, past, current and future!
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