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Naturescapers are trained volunteers who encourage fun, exploration and learning among our young visitors to Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park.

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park is a unique bush-based play where children are free to explore, discover and connect with nature. It is also the home of Kings Park Education.

The volunteering roles available in Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park and the general requirements and benefits relevant to all positions are detailed below.

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for further information.

General requirements

Benefits to you

  • Satisfaction of inspiring others about the value and beauty of our natural environment.
  • Make a practical contribution to Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park, ensuring it is an enjoyable place to visit.
  • Be part of an excellent team in the most exciting environmental play area in Australia.
  • Learn about local biodiversity and gain many skills in visitor services and education.
  • Receive a range of discounts and benefits, a Naturescaper pack and invitations to special events as a member of the Friends of Kings Park.

Time commitment

  • A minimum term of 6 months is preferred
  • Minimum of 2 shifts per month
  • Training session(s) before commencing.

Requirements

  • 18 years of age or over
  • Naturescaper membership with Friends of Kings Park (Note: some volunteers are eligible to have membership fees waived.)
  • Abide by the Volunteer Code of Conduct
  • Wear uniform if provided
  • Current Working With Children Check (Bush Guardian and Education Naturescapers only)

Equity/accessibility

People of all ages, backgrounds, skills and abilities are encouraged to become Naturescaper volunteers.

Registration process

You can also review other available volunteer roles with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.

Bush Guardians

Bush Guardian welcoming visitorsWelcome and encourage young visitors to explore, play and discover. Help children to connect with nature and to understand the value of conservation.

What we are looking for

People who are fit and active, friendly, outgoing, from a variety of age groups and backgrounds. We want people who are enthusiastic and able to relate to children of all ages, willing to play and get involved with hands-on activities, reliable and have a
passion for the great outdoors.

What you will be doing

  • Greet visitors
  • Encourage a safe, fun and informative experience for visitors
  • Communicate and work alongside Nature Activity Officers (NAOs) and other Kings Park staff
  • Answer visitor questions
  • Assist in the running of various nature related activities
  • Set-up/pack-down equipment
  • Show visitors how to use equipment like cubby-building or water play materials and climbing ropes
  • Play, climb, explore and encourage.

Shift times

  • Tuesday - Friday: 9.00 am - 11.30 am and 11.30 am - 2.00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9.00 am - 11.30 am, 11.00 am - 1.30 pm and 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm.

Some shifts are flexible and vary according to seasonal requirements e.g. school holidays.

Training

Attendance at a half-day training session is required for all new Bush Guardians covering:

  • Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park orientation
  • Botanical, environmental, historical and Indigenous knowledge
  • Communication, teaching tricks and bushcraft
  • Working with children and visitor management.

Education Naturescapers

Education NaturescapersSpark students’ imagination with outdoor activities and learning. Assist Kings Park Education staff with school groups and holiday programs.

What we are looking for

People who are fit and active, friendly, outgoing, from a variety of age groups and backgrounds. We want people who are enthusiastic and able to relate to children of all ages and are willing to play, assist with preparation tasks and get involved with hands-on activities. We desire reliable people who have a passion for the great outdoors and can break down tasks and deliver instructions in a positive way.

What you will be doing

  • Assist Education Officers to deliver programs to students
  • Encourage a safe and fun experience for students and visitors to Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park
  • Set up and pack down education equipment
  • Help children with practical tasks like planting, pond-dipping and cubby building
  • Get involved with occasional special events
  • Include children with special needs in activities and programs and
  • Assist with school program resourcing, equipment maintenance and general administration tasks.

Shift times

  • Tuesday - Friday: 9.30 am - 2.00 pm

Some shifts are flexible and vary according to seasonal requirements e.g. school holidays.

Training

Attendance at two half-day training session is required for all new Education Naturescapers covering:

  • Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park orientation
  • Kings Park Education programs and events
  • Botanical, environmental, historical and Indigenous knowledge
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Expectations, policies and procedures
  • Working with children and visitor management.

Site Naturescapers

Site Naturescapers preserve Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings ParkHands-on care for the environment – plant care and/or general maintenance to keep Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park safe and enjoyable for all visitors.

What we are looking for

People who are fit and active from a variety of age groups and backgrounds. We desire reliable people who have a passion for working outdoors and an interest in in gardening, native plants, bushland, DIY or general maintenance.

What you will be doing

  • Planting, weeding and other aspects of plant care
  • Seed and stick collection (for education programs, cubby building and other activities)
  • Checking and pruning vegetation hazards
  • Site and equipment maintenance including paths, hides, look-outs, fences, signs and gates and
  • Caring for timber structures such as board walks and park benches.

Shift times

  • Tuesday and Wednesday mornings

Training

Attendance at a half-day training session is required for all new Site Naturescapers covering:

  • Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park orientation
  • Botanical, environmental, historical and Indigenous knowledge
  • Plant identification and care
  • Expectations, policies and procedures

Further training will be available to experienced volunteers who are interested in additional duties.