Cleland Wildlife Park

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So you’re interested in becoming a volunteer at Cleland Wildlife Park?


Volunteering is a great way to experience South Australia's magnificent parks and wildlife, and an opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and work in a friendly team environment.




The Department for Environment and Water (DEW) is responsible for South Australia's nature conservation, heritage conservation and animal welfare. Cleland Wildlife Park (CWP) plays an important role within the department in the conservation and promotion of some of our states unique native wildlife. Cleland Wildlife Park Volunteers are members of the Friends of Parks, a state wide community based volunteer group who work in partnership with DEW staff to help protect and conserve some of SA's natural and cultural heritage.

Our dedicated group of volunteers assist park staff in the care and maintenance of the parks wildlife and natural habitats, and support environmental education to visitors of CWP and the Mount Lofty Ranges.




What will I be doing?


CWP Volunteers work closely with staff assisting in the care and husbandry of captive wildlife, delivery of tourist information and visitor engagement activities, and the care and upkeep of the parks gardens and environments.


Please note - there is no handling of animals in our volunteer program


Please see below for the various volunteering opportunities.



What skills are needed?


  • A friendly and calm demeanour
  • A professional and positive attitude, being responsive to the needs and interest of visitors
  • The ability to work in a team of volunteers and independently
  • A passion for the environment, conservation and connecting people to nature
  • The ability to relate to people from all walks of life and cultures
  • The ability to take direction, follow instructions and communicate information to others
  • A good sense of humour!


What are the benefits?

  • Enjoy working in a friendly team environment with likeminded people
  • Make new friends and create wonderful new memories
  • Utilise existing skills
  • Learn and apply new skills and knowledge
  • Learn more about SA's unique flora and fauna
  • Share your passion and knowledge with visitors to CWP and other volunteers
  • Spending time in nature boosts your mental and physical wellbeing
  • Get a glimpse of the 'behind the scenes' of CWP


Minimum Requirements


  • Be 18 years of age or over
  • Be a financial member of CWP Volunteers ($10.00 annual membership fee)
  • Wear the CWP Volunteer uniform (polo shirt, windcheater), enclosed shoes and long trousers while on duty
  • $40.00 refundable uniform deposit
  • Undergo a Working With Children Check (WWCC) through Dept. Human Services (DHS) before commencing volunteer duties
  • Attend an induction and any training requirements pertaining to the volunteer role
  • Be able to make realistic commitments in time and fulfil these commitments
  • Have your own email address and be comfortable using a computer/tablet/smart phone (or willing to learn) to access our online roster and sign in/out system.


To find out more about Working With Children Check's (WWCC) go to




Hours are negotiable dependant on the volunteer role you are undertaking. However, in general we require volunteers to have an ongoing commitment of at least 6 months and be able to be rostered on a set day for a minimum of 2 shifts per month.




For any questions, please email the Volunteer Coordinator at


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