Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary offers volunteer opportunities for both La Trobe University students and community members.
A limited number of volunteer positions are available for La Trobe students and the local community.
We ask volunteers to commit to a regular timeslot. Coming in frequently allows you to gain great exposure to skills and techniques relevant to your chosen area. Long term volunteering also gives you a greater diversity of experience as tasks change seasonally throughout the year.
Nursery volunteers assist us in both the production and retail side of our indigenous nursery. This is a great opportunity to gain exposure to indigenous plant identification and propagation techniques.
Our volunteer crews work closely with our land management team to improve and maintain the habitat within the sanctuary. Tasks may include revegetation work and invasive species control.
Collect and identify aquatic macroinvertebrates and test for abiotic factors to help us monitor the health of the sanctuary wetlands.
Learn how to manage students in the outdoors and engage them in the environment. Availability varies vary as they are dependent on school bookings.
If you have a particular skill or area of interest that may be of interest, we'd love to hear from you.
How to Express Your Interest
Apply for a Working With Children Check (see below).
- You must have your card before volunteering with us.
Complete the online Expression of Interest form.
We will contact you to arrange a time to discuss your availability and volunteer positions on offer.
Once you have been accepted as a volunteer, we will sent you up in our induction system Rapid Global.
Some of our opportunities are project or season dependent. As such, our need for volunteers may change during the year.
Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary is not a registered volunteer organisation for the purposes of Centrelink mutual obligation requirements.
The Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary is not a zoo or wildlife park, we cannot offer any direct animal handling.
Working With Children Check
As part of the University's Child Safety Commitment all volunteers on campus must have a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC).
A volunteer Working With Children Check is free to obtain. More information can be found at www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au
Here is some information that you will need to complete your application:
Organisation - Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary
Postal address - La Trobe University, Bundoora VIC 3086
(You will need to select the option to manually enter the address)
Phone - 03 9479 1206
Occupational field - 52 Educational: Other institutions providing children's study or training programs
Other ways to get involved
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 Nangak Tamboree 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).
Make sure you check out our Citizen Science page for how to get involved in our scheduled citizen science events or how you can DIY citizen science!
We would like to thank all of you for showing interest in volunteering at the 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.