Volunteering

We're proud to support local volunteers and value their important contribution to the community.

Volunteering in Bayside

More and more people are getting involved in their communities as volunteers, offering their time and energy to improve the quality of life for themselves and others.

Why volunteer?

People volunteer for a variety of reasons and in many different ways depending on their interested, skills, age and availability. Committing to volunteer for one hour a week can have a profound benefit on your well-being.

Some benefits include:

  • Providing a sense of purpose
  • Contributing to society
  • Establishing strong relationships
  • Expanding your skills and knowledge
  • Connecting you to the community

Over 3.6 million Australians aged 15 years and over engage in voluntary work through an organisation or group on a regular basis. 

Why not be one of them? 

How can I volunteer with Council?

Review the opportunities below, then contact the area you are interested in and speak to our helpful staff.

All Bayside Council volunteers are required to participate in an Induction Program and sign a Volunteer Agreement Form before they attend an activity. The Council officer in charge of the activity will organise this for you.

Our current opportunities for volunteering with Council are:

BushCare

Why not help protect and restore Bayside's beautiful wetlands, bushland and foreshore reserves for future generations by becoming a Bushcare volunteer today? Volunteers are involved in a number of regeneration projects and are active in:

  • Lambert Road Reserve, Bardwell Park
  • Hawthorne Street Natural Area, Ramsgate
  • Binnamittalong Gardens, Bexley
  • Sir Joseph Banks Park, Botany
  • Stotts Reserve, Bexley North

Corporate volunteering opportunities are also available with Bushcare. 

Contact: Bushcare team at bushcare@bayside.nsw.gov.au

Learn more about our Bushcare program. 

Library Services

Prefer to be indoors? Council's extensive network of Library services often use volunteers to help deliver valuable programs to the community. Activities may be located at different locations and could include:

  • Justice of the Peace (JP) Service Desk
  • Conducting language classes
  • Technology assistance to visitors using online library services
  • Facilitating special interest programs for children and teens
  • Small tasks around the library

Contact: Coordinator Customer Experience on (02) 9562 1806 or (02) 9366 3871, or ask at your branch library. 

Sculptures @ Bayside Exhibition

This popular exhibition of large scale sculptures on Botany Bay foreshore at Kyeemagh attracts thousands of visitors every April. If you are interested in art, love the outdoors, the fresh air and talking to new people, then this might be for you. Volunteers can help out by:

  • Meeting and greeting visitors
  • Handing out Exhibition Catalogues
  • Directing people around the site
  • Collecting People's Choice votes

Contact: Arts and Culture Specialist on (02) 9366 3677

Community Gardens

Do you love to garden but don't have the space or can no longer maintain one? Why not become a member of a community garden? It's a great way to use your interest and / or skills in gardening and meet new people in a relaxed environment.

Community gardens are spaces where local residents join together to grow a variety of herbs, fruit, vegetables and ornamental flowers. Members work together to tend the garden and share in the produce grown. Council can put you in touch with a local community garden located in Kyeemagh, Sans Souci, Rosebery, Rockdale and Eastlakes. 

Contact: Environment Officer on 1300 581 299

Learn more about Community Gardens 

Volunteering outside of Council

Nothing of interest within Council? There are thousands of volunteering opportunities listed with organisations locally and throughout Sydney and NSW. 

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Need to contact us?

Call 1300 581 299 (weekdays 8:30am-4pm and Saturday 9am-1pm) or email council@bayside.nsw.gov.au