Media Releases 2018

Posted on 21/09/2018 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Volunteers add value for Visitors


If you’ve been out to the Nobbies recently or visited the boardwalks at the Koalas, you may have also come across some of Phillip Island Nature Parks’ newest brigade of volunteers doing their bit to help the island’s visitors enjoy their time here, and leave with more than just a photo.

“We have 8 new Visitor Experience volunteers at the Nobbies and 5 at the Koalas, and they are playing an important role in engaging with our visitors and ensuring they have a memorable and authentic experience,” said Rachael Ferguson, Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Volunteer Coordinator.

“Hopefully these visitors will also take home a greater understanding of the island’s beautiful environment and the importance of protecting our special wildlife and this special place. They may not only learn about the fur seals or penguins or koalas, but also find out what we can all do to help our wildlife, like blowing bubbles instead of releasing balloons, ensuring their rubbish ends up in a bin, using reusable items such as keep cups or planting native vegetation at home.”

The Nature Parks is currently looking for additional members to join its new team of Visitor Experience volunteers in either an ongoing capacity or a shorter period between November and April, and there is a range of good reasons to get involved.

“People volunteer for all sorts of reasons, whether it is to share their knowledge, skills and life experience with people from all walks of life; to broaden their own knowledge; to contribute to an organisation promoting an understanding of conservation; or to be part of a social network of like-minded and interested people.”  

“One of the many benefits of volunteering in a regional community is the opportunity to make a difference to the place in which we live. Research and first-hand experience also shows that volunteering is an important part of skills acquisition, and can provide great opportunities to gain valuable work experience and participate in community networks.”

If you’re interested in joining this new team of Visitor Experience volunteers, or just finding out a little more about volunteering at the Nature Parks, join one of the information sessions and enjoy a walk around the site followed by a cuppa and cake.

Thursday, 11 October at 10 am - Meet out the front of the Nobbies Centre
Friday, 12 October at 1pm - Meet out the front of the Koala Conservation Centre

If you have any questions about volunteering, or want to let Rachael know you’re coming to one of the above sessions so she can make sure there’s plenty of cake to go around, send her an email at: volunteers@penguins.org.au

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Media Enquiries: Roland Pick – Communications Executive
Tel: +613 5951 2825 Mobile: 0418 402 161 Email: rpick@penguins.org.au