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A collage of images of the Alice Springs Desert Park

Volunteering is a great way to gain new skills, meet new people and give back to your local community. The Territory Wildlife Park acknowledges that our volunteers are a vital component of our social, environmental and cultural well-being and are integral in establishing a community atmosphere at the Park.

Community Involvement

If you would like to help grow the Territory Wildlife Park community by joining a group of like-minded people our Community Involvement Days are for you.  This program is also perfect for those wanting to volunteer on a casual basis, including short term visitors to Darwin.

Community members actively take part in small projects at the Territory Wildlife Park usually undertaking propagation, land management or enclosure maintenance tasks.  Activities are scheduled throughout the year as a series of half day working bee with lunch supplied afterward. 

Our Community Involvement calender is planned for a 6 month period and will be updated mid-year.

Community Involvement days are:

CID work program will be available soon.

To get involved, please email or contact: 8988 7200.

Volunteer Placements

If you are able to offer a minimum of 5 days (either in a block or as a regular commitment of 1 day per week/fortnight) you are welcome to submit an expression of interest for a volunteer placement in the following areas:  


Zookeeping volunteers assist with caring for animals and their environments. Duties may include, exhibit design and maintenance, food preparation (including the collection of native food), assistance with veterinary care, record keeping and animal observations, animal capture and restraint, weighing and general health care. There are five zoo keeping sections where volunteers may be placed – Aquarium, Nocturnal House, Monsoon Forest and the Animal Services (includes Hospital & Quarantine, Endangered Species Conservation Unit, Live Food Unit).

Download the Volunteer Zookeeper Role Description (pdf)
Download the Volunteer Aquarist Role Description (pdf)

Community Engagement

Community Engagement volunteers at TWP assist with preparation and presentation of educational activities for school and university groups.  Activities may include biodiversity surveys, horticulture activities such as seed collection and propagation of native plants for on-site use, or land management based projects such as revegetation projects and weed control.

Download the Volunteer Community Engagement Role Description (pdf)

Technical Services

Technical Services volunteers assist with land management duties including weed control and ground maintenance.

Download the Volunteer Maintenance Officer Role Description (pdf)

Visitor Services

Visitor Services volunteers assist our guides with meeting and greeting visitors, promoting the park and the Northern Territory to tourists and assisting with presentation of public talks and displays.

Download the Volunteer Guide Role Description (pdf)


Administration volunteers assist with administrative tasks to provide office support to management and other staff, including courier duties.

Download the Volunteer Administration Assistant Role Description (pdf)

More information

For more information follow the links above to view a detailed role description for each area.
Please complete the Expression of Interest form (pdf) and email to or fax to 8988 7201.

To help us assess your suitability for a volunteer placement you are also encouraged to attach to your expression of interest a short statement addressing how you meet the requirements listed on the Role Description for your area of interest. 

Please note there is no guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your request but every effort will be made to do so.