The La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary offers a variety of opportunities for interested community members to lend a hand. We currently work with two organisations, Conservation Volunteers Australia and Friends of the Wildlife Reserves who regularly come on-site to help out at the Sanctuary.
Conservation Volunteers Australia
Conservation Volunteers was founded in Australia in 1982 and involves over 10,000 volunteers every year, Conservation Volunteers is a leader in delivery of practical conservation programs, community involvement and a range of training programs. Conservation Volunteers has offices in 20 locations around Australia and New Zealand and offers volunteer opportunities every week of the year. Conservation Volunteers has been recognised with many significant awards, including the United Nations’ Environment Program Global 500, Banksia Environmental Foundation Awards, and Ecotourism Australia’s Ecotourism Award 2009.
La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary and Conservation Volunteers have had a long association and all volunteers really enjoy their experience volunteering at this site. There are currently two groups a week from Conservation Volunteers assisting at the Sanctuary (Wednesday and Friday).
Friends of the Wildlife Reserves
The Friends of the Wildlife Reserves mission is to assist with the ongoing management and preservation of the Wildlife Reserves to support the native flora and fauna and to enrich our lives and those of future generations. The Wildlife Reserves include La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary and the Parks Victoria Nature Conservation Reserves of Gresswell Hill, Gresswell Forest and Gresswell Habitat Link.
The Friends of the Wildlife Reserves host regular working bees which rotate through the reserves and assist at the Sanctuary with propagation and seed sorting every Tuesday*.
*In order to join the Seed Sorters group, you need to have a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC).
We would like to thank all of you for showing interest in volunteering at the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary. We would not be where we are today without the overwhelming support of the surrounding community. We hope to see you visiting the Sanctuary, and enjoying the natural resource we have all worked so hard to protect and nurture.