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Have a few hours, or looking for a regular role?

Contact us, to find out more, and to elect whether you’d like to receive regular updates of what you can get involved in via our new e-News ‘Friends Volunteer Update’, the choice is yours. 

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.

Read on for information about all of our volunteer opportunities, including:

  • nursery assistance
  • planting days & habitat restoration help
  • citizen science flora & fauna surveys
  • weekend activities
  • corporate & team building days
  • … and more.

But press PAUSE. At the moment… 


IMPORTANT NOTE: All events at our base in Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve operate subject to current COVID-19 restrictions that apply for the Melbourne metro area (see Victorian Government COVID Safe settings). 

Current COVID-19 requirements at the Friends on-ground events in Yellingbo NCR. The event coordinator will advise you if they have specific requirements other than what’s listed below, however, the current requirements of all volunteers, staff and visitors includes:

  • Face masks are mandatory indoors.
  • QR code and visit registration to assist with contact tracing.
  • All participants aged 16+ must show evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination (COVID-19 digital certificate) or doctor’s certificate of exemption. We will not retain this information, so please expect to be asked each time you attend.
  • Maintain 1.5m social distancing and practice good COVID-19 hygiene.
  • Stay at home if at all unwell.

Our event coordinators look forward to your understanding, co-operation and support as we all move forward and start to re-connect. We’re excited to be inviting you back!

Our top wish list role…

Treasurer (volunteer position)
An exciting opportunity exists for an enthusiastic, experienced volunteer to fulfil the role of Treasurer with the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater Inc. (FOHH). This role has a wide variety of responsibilities. Please download the Position Description HERE. In summary, the Treasurer is responsible for the daily financial management of FOHH and reporting the group’s financial status to the Committee whilst ensuring good governance and working to a financially sustainable future.

Anyone with an interest in this position and who wishes to discuss any aspect about it is encouraged to contact Alan Clayton, President of the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater. Email: [email protected]

Committee of Management

Committee’s aren’t for everyone, but successful groups don’t function without the dedication of a committee. We are no exception. We employ staff and manage multiple funded projects. Our volunteer committee is important, and well regarded. New members are always welcome.

At this time, we are particularly seeking a Treasurer. Please download the Position Description HERE. We employ five part-time staff and manage many active project-based grants, all aimed at improving the natural values of this region and connecting people to conservation. Anyone with an interest in this position and who wishes to discuss any aspect about it is encouraged to contact Alan Clayton, President of the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater. Email: [email protected]

Click here for information about the current Committee.


There are a number of other ways you can get involved.

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 group of friendly, welcoming people we have a role for you. No experience is necessary for most roles. Details of our current opportunities are listed below.

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, Thursday and Friday
  • CURRENTLY ON HOLD. 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 often attend weekly or fortnightly on a Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 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 to be placed on our WAIT LIST. New places may become available once the COVID-19 restrictions on density limits allow.

Seeds and Weeds Group

(formerly:  Revegetation Group. Change of name to better reflect the activities, same warm welcome)

  • monthly, generally on a Sunday.

Activities may include seed collecting, targeted weeding, habitat planting 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 9.30am. 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 Group Coordinator.

Our new, purpose built seed storage facility is coming soon – the building is in place. Internal fitout is coming…

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 & Seeds and Weeds Group Coordinator.

Events will be automatically cancelled if wind GUSTS of 50 kph, severe, extreme, total fire ban or code red are forecast for the Central District. Please check with the Bureau of Meteorology at 5.00pm the day before.

Contact us to be advised about scheduled date/s and to be put in contact with Rich, the Group Coordinator.

Citizen science fauna & flora surveys | Hands-on crew

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

Looking for something to expend some energy, make great use of your plant/fauna/fungi knowledge or learn? Maybe you just want to get stuck into something useful?

It’s common to think you don’t know enough to contribute to fauna and flora surveys, but we don’t believe that’s true. If you know how to use your own smart phone/camera and are willing to participate, we’d love to show you the rest. At our citizen science fauna and flora surveys we’ll record and learn about the different plants and animals we see to help us understand Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve’s ecosystem better (no experience necessary!). If you have some ID skills, great, we’d love you to share your knowledge with us and others. Citizen science is a way for everyday people like you and me to get closer to nature. It involves recording the plants and animals you encounter in an area. This information is then used by scientists to understand where species live, when they’re active, and any changes happening in the local environment. Anyone can be a citizen scientist! It is possible to do this both online and on the ground. Join us to find out more.

The Hands-on crew will get stuck into really practical, fun and meaningful tasks that support the 32+ 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. 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 🙂
Please contact us to get started. We are accepting new volunteers NOW.

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 to be put in contact with Mel, our Environmental Coordinator, for further information.​

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 to be put in contact with Mel, our Environmental Coordinator, for further information.​

Corporate planting days or nursery days

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

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 to let us know what you require, and ask how you may be involved. Your suggestions are welcomed.

Use your own special skills

  • variable

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 conversation about how you might start contributing today.


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