Please note that volunteering opportunities have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak – but we would still like to hear from you.
So if you want to put your name down on a list – contact us.  and we will get back to you when circumstances permit.



There are a number of ways that an individual can get involved. Not everyone can make a financial contribution, but everyone can contribute in some way.

Hear about some of the valuable work our volunteers do here.

If you believe in the saying ‘Think globally. Act locally’ and are passionate about making a difference, then convert your precious time into endangered species conservation work and improve your local environment by becoming a volunteer with the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater. Get connected! Learn skills, gain experiences, share knowledge.

Whether you are looking to do your bit for the environment, want work experience in the industry or want to volunteer with a great group of friendly people we have a role for you. No experience is necessary for most roles. Details of our current opportunities are listed below.

The best way to get started is by dropping into the nursery and saying hello. Check out our opening times here.

If you are studying natural resources, horticulture, teaching or undertaking some other form of education or training, community based work experience will be held in very high regard by employers. You can be involved in a number of ways.

For further information about any of our volunteer opportunities please contact us.


  • Every Tuesday and Thursday
  • 1st Saturday of the month (Apr-Dec)

Learn new skills in plant propagation and plant identification or share your knowledge. Come and enjoy the colour, movement and sound of the bush whilst enjoying the company of fellow Friends as you pot up plants and get involved in various aspects of nursery management. Check out our opening times here. All activities are undertaken under the supervision and direction of our Nursery Manager.

Volunteers usually attend weekly or fortnightly on a Tuesday or Thursday and/or monthly on a Saturday from 9.30am-1pm
and bring a picnic lunch to have in the bushland surrounds afterwards. Morning tea and training is provided.

Contact us for further details.

Revegetation group

  • monthly Sundays

Activities may include tree planting, seed collecting or works around the nursery or at differing locations around the Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve and area. Meet at the Yellingbo Ranger’s House, 1217 Macclesfield Road, Yellingbo (Melway Map 305 Ref. G11) at 10am. BYO lunch. Most equipment is supplied. Please dress for the weather. Sturdy boots are required, gumboots in wet weather. All activities are undertaken under the supervision and direction of our Revegetation group Coordinator.

Contact us for upcoming dates.

Seed & plant stock collection

  • weekdays & weekends – seasonal

All plants grown and sold by the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater community nursery are of local provenance. All propagation material is collected under permit to protect and preserve the integrity of our natural environment. All activities are undertaken under the supervision and direction of our Nursery Manager and Revegetation group coordinator..

Contact us for further details.

Hands-on volunteer crew

  • weekdays & weekends – short & longer-term roles varying with the seasons.
  • on-line – your skills, combined with our areas of need, all in the comfort of your home.

Our ‘Hands-on crew’ will kick into action at Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve (YNCR) when we get a ‘Yes’ to the COVID-19 restrictions governing whether or not volunteers can resume involvement within the Metropolitan Melbourne Parks Victoria (PV) managed estate.


What does the Hands-on volunteer crew do? The 6 part-time paid Friends staff have been managing without volunteer help since early March 2020. It has been OK, but we haven’t been able to do everything and there is quite a bit to catch upon. Our staff team would love your company, and your help to get on top of everything again. The Hands-on crew will help us in this shorter-term goal. What we can do, and when, will be determined by COVID-19 restrictions at the time.

As the months progress, the Hands-on crew will get stuck into really practical, but always fun and interesting, tasks that support the 31+ year history of the Friends work to halt, and reverse, the threat of extinction of the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeater. You will be working alongside knowledgeable staff and like-minded people, whether your role is at YNCR, or on-line. You will feel a satisfyingly ‘good’ tired, knowing your time has not been wasted and is valued. If you’re in the reserve with us, you may get wet and/or cold or hot at times, but you will expect this being out in the bush. It’s part of the joy, along with the smiles, laughter and exercise we’ll share! If your contribution is on-line, we’ll be inviting you to visit and meet the team 🙂
Watch for the PV announcement under ‘volunteer activities’ on their COVID-19 UPDATE webpage. Start dates/times will be dependent on this, in conjunction with DHHS COVID-19 community health advice.
If you would like to be on the ‘Hands-on volunteer crew’ wait list, please contact us for further details.

Community Education

  • various times and venues throughout the year
  • weekdays or weekends

Use your presentation skills to assist school students and/or adult groups learn about the Helmeted Honeyeater, its habitat and the threats to them. Share your love of the environment with others. Reasonable PC and IT skills required for using a prepared Powerpoint presentation. Working with Children’s Check (volunteer) required. Events may include classroom & community group talks and/or informal community markets & fetes. Training is provided by our Environmental Coordinator.

Contact us for further details.

School planting days 

  • usually May-October (depending on seasonal weather)

Join our school group visits to Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve. A core part of our education program with schools is to plant future habitat for the Helmeted Honeyeater and the other species that co-exist with it. The day may also include a guided habitat walk, a tour or hands-on experience in our nursery or environmental games. All activities are undertaken under the supervision and direction of our Environmental Coordinator. Working with Children’s Check (volunteer) required.

Contact us for further details.

Corporate planting days or nursery days

  • Planting days usually May-October (depending on seasonal weather)
  • Nursery days throughout the year (Tuesdays &/or Thursdays)

Are you looking for a volunteer activity that focuses on the outdoors and held during the working week? Our community group needs and welcomes assistance. Help us to plant or grow future habitat for the Helmeted Honeyeater and the other species that co-exist with it within Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve. Your corporate group can make a substantial difference in just one day whilst having a great day out. All equipment is supplied. All activities are undertaken under the supervision and direction of our Environmental Coordinator or Nursery Manager.

Contact us for more details.


Successful groups don’t function without the dedication of a committee. New members are always welcome. Click here for information about the current committee.

Contact us for further details.

Use your own special skills

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One of our members provides fantastic photographic images for our presentations, merchandise and newsletter. Another member is a botanical artist and contributes her drawings for reproduction in our merchandise range. One member has particular skills in finance and committees. Another is really good at producing our newsletter. These examples represent only four of our members. Everyone has something unique to contribute to the group. Let us know how you can contribute.

Contact us for further details.

Our wish list

  • development of promotional and educational materials (times to suit you)
    Do you enjoy working on and implementing projects that engage others?
  • exploring fundraising opportunities (times to suit you)
    Do you understand marketing and promotion? Can you help us unravel the secrets?

We look forward to hearing from you. Contact us.

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