Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to meet people, learn new skills and contribute to the conservation of the natural environment. Friends of Kings Park volunteers contribute an amazing amount of time and skills to assist in the maintenance of the Park, through the groups listed below.

How to Get Involved

You must be a member of Friends of Kings Park and be over 18 to volunteer with us.

When a volunteer position arises it will be advertised in the monthly Friends of Kings Park newsletter, sent to Friends members. Details of the requirements for the position and how to apply will be in the newsletter.

Become a member to find out more!

Please email admin@friendsofkingspark.com.au if you have any questions.

About our volunteer groups

Bushland Carers

Our Bushland Carers work to maintain and regenerate the areas of native bushland in Kings Park. They work with BGPA staff and learn about the fascinating world of Australian bush restoration and conservation. Available spaces with details about how to apply will be advertised in the Friends members newsletter. View the 2024 Mid-week and Sunday Bushland Carer Groups Calendar for details of the program. PLEASE DON’T ATTEND A SESSION BEFORE YOU HAVE APPLIED AND BEEN ACCEPTED AS A VOLUNTEER.

Bushland Restoration Group

Our Bushland Restoration Group helps protect some of the most important bushland in the metropolitan area. Volunteers learn more about the fascinating diversity of the Swan Coastal Plain along with techniques to manage and monitor it, including planting and weed control, undertaking seed collection and e-monitoring of the restoration. As the project develops there may be orchid, fauna and weed monitoring as well as fungi surveys. Available spaces with details about how to apply will be advertised in the Friends members newsletter. View the 2024 Bushland Restoration Group Calendar. PLEASE DON’T ATTEND A SESSION BEFORE YOU HAVE APPLIED AND BEEN ACCEPTED AS A VOLUNTEER.

Garden Carers

Garden Carers work in the Botanic Garden section of Kings Park, assisting Kings Park horticulturalists to maintain the diverse range of native plants from around Western Australia. Volunteers are involved in weeding, pruning, garden maintenance, mulching and planting in the botanic garden and beautiful regional display gardens.

Growing Friends

The Growing Friends work in the nursery, and are responsible for propagating and growing Western Australian native plants for the Friends quarterly plant sales. New members are taken approximately once a year and intensive training is provided over several weeks. Regular attendance is required to maintain plant production levels.

Plant Sale Friends

Our plant sale volunteers are a vital part of each plant sale. Volunteers do all sorts of tasks from keeping the benches tidy, tallying purchases, selling memberships, and managing the queues. No plant knowledge or previous experience is required. The call out for volunteers will be in the newsletter to members before each plant sale, simply follow the instructions in the newsletter and sign up online. We will email you a roster and some instructions before the day of the sale. Plant sale volunteering is a fun way to spend a morning raising money for the Friends, and a great way to meet some of our regular volunteers.

Fixing Friends

Do you enjoy helping with fixing things, have proven practical general maintenance skills and work well in a team environment? The Fixing Friends provide support for the Grounds & Infrastructure team in general maintenance and repair works to ensure that buildings and other park assets are appropriately maintained. Fixing Friends volunteers must be fit and healthy, enjoy working outdoors, and be experienced and competent in using small power tools and machinery.

Horticultural Advice and Support

The Horticultural Advice and Support team provide expert advice via email and telephone, as well as undertaking duties to assist BGPA Horticulture staff. See their webpage for more information about what they do.

Office Carers

The Office Carers are an essential part of the Friends team, offering support with tasks such as mail outs and data entry, and other activities to support members and volunteers. If you have a special skill that could be useful in the office, please let us know.

Orchid Carers

This specialised group assists Kings Park horticultural staff in the conservation of Western Australian terrestrial orchids, and the maintenance of the Botanical Gardens and Parks Authority living ex situ orchid collection. The Group works hard to ensure a steady supply and exciting variety of orchids are made available to the Friends plant sales each Spring.

Climate Watch

Climate Watch is a national citizen science initiative. Help track the behaviour of specific species and their response to climate change at your own pace, while enjoying the beautiful surrounds of the park. Access maps, sign in sheets or find out more about the Friends of Kings Park Climate Watch Program here

Wanju Marr Carers

The Wanju Marr carers support the administrative and effective operations of the Volunteer Hub situated in Eucalyptus car park.

Events Sub-committee

The Events Sub-committee together with the Events & Communications Coordinator plans exciting member events regularly throughout the year and ensures the smooth running of member events.

Events Volunteers

Our events could not happen without the support of our members volunteering their time. Events volunteers support the Events Sub-committee with the smooth running of our regular member events, including event planning, set up and pack down. If you love attending Friends of Kings Park events and want to be more involved, contact events@friendsofkingspark.com.au to join and be amongst the first to hear about upcoming event volunteering opportunities.

Management Committee

Meetings are held in Kings Park every month, with occasional additional commitments. Previous experience is not required, but an interest in supporting volunteers, the not for profit sector, or conservation of WA’s unique flora would be advantageous. As with all volunteer positions, you will need to be a member of the Friends of Kings Park. Some information about our governance is here.

If you would like to meet with us and find out more, please phone 9480 3643 or email admin@friendsofkingspark.com.au

Volunteer Scholarships

There are two annual scholarships available for volunteers in Kings Park, the Tom Alford and the Mary-Rose Paterson. Find out more about these scholarships and how to apply for them here.

Volunteer Uniforms

Friends of Kings Park uniforms are available to order to be worn while volunteering. These are subsidised by Friends to keep the costs down for our volunteers. Uniform options include a polyester or cotton shirt, a sleeveless fleece vest and a free name badge.

Please note uniforms are not mandatory and are for VOLUNTEERS ONLY.

Sign up to help with Friends of Kings Park Events

Our events could not happen without the support of our members volunteering their time. To sign up to help with our next event, please click the button below.