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Volunteering safety

Volunteering with NPWS offers is a great way to help protect our national parks and wildlife. Here's some information to help keep you safe when volunteering in NSW national parks.

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A safe working environment

To ensure a safe working environment for you and all our volunteers when volunteering with us, your supervisor will:

  • Describe the site and project, including how your efforts contribute to conservation of natural and cultural heritage and any impact on cultural heritage values or threatened or endangered species.
  • Outline potential hazards and emergency procedures and provide emergency contacts
  • Explain your tasks and activities
  • Outline any activities which volunteers may not engage in, including use of firearms and tree-felling.
  • Detail accident reporting procedures

Your responsibilities as a volunteer

We need your help to ensure a safe working environment for all when volunteering. You can help by following these simple steps:

  • Undertake all tasks in a responsible, dependable, conscientious and courteous manner.
  • Follow the instructions of your volunteer supervisor and seek clarification if you're unclear on anything
  • Participate in induction and training programs
  • Comply with relevant conservation requirements and legislation
  • Support a non-discriminatory and harassment-free environment
  • Don't disclose any confidential or sensitive information
  • Don't be under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Report any safety incidents or hazards immediately
  • Advise your volunteer supervisor of any pre-existing medical conditions or other concerns
  • In case of an emergency or life-threatening injury, call Triple Zero (000) for fire, police or ambulance services.
Waterbirds at Lake Pinaroo, Sturt National Park. Photo: OEH