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

When a volunteer position arises it will be advertised in the Friends of Kings Park newsletter which goes 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 [email protected] 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. View the 2021 Bushland Carer Calendar for details of the program. Positions are advertised regularly. New members require an induction session with a member of Kings Park staff.

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. Positions are advertised regularly. New members will have an induction session with a member of Kings Park staff.

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. This team is currently seeking new volunteers. See their webpage for more information about what they do. Please be in touch if you are interested.

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. We need volunteers to 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.

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.

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. Volunteers with the Fixing Friends must be fit and healthy, enjoy working outdoors, and be experienced and competent in using small power tools and machinery. An induction will be provided. Please keep your eye on the newsletter for vacancies.

Special Species Group

This specialised group assists Kings Park horticultural staff in the conservation of Western Australian terrestrial orchids and carnivorous plants, 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

Management Committee

If you think you would be able to contribute to the committee we would love to hear from you!

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 [email protected]

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.

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.