Volunteer

We would love your help!

Volunteers who work with us are giving back to the environment, making a difference every day.

Here are some of the jobs that our volunteers do:

  • growing plants – getting first hand experience in seed collection and ‘cleaning’, seed sowing, propagating, pricking out seedlings, taking cuttings and maintaining plants in the nursery
  • planting trees, shrubs, climbers, ground covers and wildflowers at Westgate Park
  • preparing garden beds for planting by spreading mulch
  • fostering good plant growth by weeding and pruning
  • monitoring water quality in the Park’s lakes and lagoons
  • recording species in our monthly bird surveys and occasional fungi forays

What’s in it for you?

  • a great sense of achievement as you watch your work ‘grow’
  • a good physical workout, especially if you take on mulching!
  • learning about locally indigenous plants, how to garden, how to propagate
  • fresh air and beautiful surroundings
  • that sense of communing with nature as you work to the sound of frogs and bird calls
  • the good company of other volunteers

Come for as long and as often as you like on these days:

  • Monday to Friday & Saturday morning at Bili Nursery, 525 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne
  • Monday to Wednesday & the 3rd Sunday of the month at Bili Landcare at Westgate Park, 4 Wharf Road, Port Melbourne

Register your interest in volunteering

For volunteering at:

Bili Nursery: you can also call David on 0435 902 019 or email bilinursery@westgatebiodiversity.org.au

Bili Landcare, Westgate Park: you can call Tony on 0400 770 254 or email bililandcare@westgatebiodiversity.org.au


We have a very enthusiastic and welcoming core of volunteers and many others who come occasionally or regularly to assist us such as:

  • Teams of staff sponsored by their employers, spend a weekday or two working at Westgate Park or at our Bili Nursery (Telstra, NAB, ANZ and Holden are examples of big corporates that do this, often through our partners; Landcare and Community Volunteers Australia)
  • Community groups like Rotary
  • School groups
  • and citizens of all ages, backgrounds and abilities

What to wear and bring

You should wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and robust, enclosed shoes or boots and bring a warm jacket in winter and a hat on sunny days.  You will need to bring your own lunch but we supply tea, coffee, cold drinks and all the equipment you need including gardening gloves.

Occupational health and safety

We will demonstrate good practice but you must take personal responsibility for your own health and safety and not place yourself or your fellow team members at risk of being hurt.

Tell us on arrival if you have an illness, injury (eg. sore neck or back), or condition (eg. asthma or an allergy) that might be aggravated by tasks so we can decide how you can participate safely.