Tidbinbilla volunteer interpreters

Tidbinbilla Volunteer Interpreter Program

Become part of a team of trained Volunteer Interpreters who help visitors at Tidbinbilla and Namadgi National Park to better understand and appreciate the natural world.  Tidbinbilla and Namadgi are a 40-minute drive from Canberra so this Program is only suitable for people who live in the ACT or surrounding area.

Volunteer Interpreters provide information to visitors at the Visitor Information Centre, along trails in the Sanctuary (wheelchair accessible wetlands walks), and at Namadgi Visitor Centre. There is also the opportunity to help with the wildlife program at Tidbinbilla.

Benefits for the Volunteer Interpreter

  • Develop new skills and knowledge
  • Share your passion for nature with others
  • Get behind the scenes at Tidbinbilla and Namadgi
  • Interact with local and international visitors
  • Uniform & travel allowance
  • Discounts & social events

Requirements

  • A desire to learn about nature and to share your knowledge
  • Time to commit to training and regular volunteering (average 2 days/month)
  • Outgoing and approachable
  • At least 18 years old

Training

Initial training course – Volunteer Interpreter Training Program

The Volunteer Interpreter Training Program consists of 10 sessions over a 3 month period. Volunteers gain background knowledge on the natural and human history of Tidbinbilla and Namadgi. Training in interpretive techniques will give Volunteer Interpreters the skills and confidence needed to communicate effectively. This course contains accredited and non-accredited sessions and is compulsory for all new Volunteer Interpreters. For more information on the units of this course, see the Volunteer Interpreter Training Program on the Conservation Skills Centre website.

Accredited training is provided in the following nationally recognised units:

  • Participate in WHS processes (HLTWHS200A)
  • Prepare and Present Tour Commentaries (SITTGDE304)
  • Provide basic emergency life support (HLTFA201A)

Non-accredited units include

  • Natural History
  • Indigenous History
  • European History
  • Insight to Captive Breeding Programs

Ongoing training

An ongoing training program aims to develop deep knowledge in a broad range of subjects including aspects of ecology, botany, zoology and geology. One training or social event is scheduled per month. Additionally, volunteers have the opportunity to spend time with parks staff to expand their knowledge.

Apply to join the Volunteer Interpreter Program:

There is a selection process including information session, application form and interview. Application forms can be obtained by attending an information session.
Please call 02 6247 7770 or email using the form below to book onto one of our information sessions and obtain further details.
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