By volunteering with the Foundation you can contribute to its growth and strength by participating in a wide variety of activities, such as trail maintenance, guiding, helping at community events and assisting in the Foundation’s office.
However, before undertaking any volunteer work with the Foundation you must be registered as a volunteer with the Department of Parks and Wildlife. We'll arrange this for you. The key roles are outlined below.
The Trail Maintenance Program is administered by the Volunteer Coordinator at the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation.
The Munda Biddi Trail is divided into 108 maintenance sections, varying in length from 7-20km. Some sections include a campsite. Volunteers adopt a section of the Trail and are trained to look after it. Their role is essential in ensuring that the Trail remains well-kept and well-loved. Each section is maintained by a team which may consist of one person working on their own, a group of friends, family or work mates. Sometimes the responsibility for a section may be shared by more than one team.
A Field Day is held annually in each district as part of your training. It is expected that each volunteer will attend one Field Day each year. In addition to practical training, these days provide a chance to meet the Volunteer Coordinator, Parks and Wildlife staff and other volunteers.
Maintenance volunteers receive regular updates throughout the year to keep them up to date with maintenance issues.
Volunteers supply their own tools - secateurs, a small saw and a hammer are usually sufficient. If required, the Department of Parks and Wildlife will supply a rake hoe for the team which must be returned when the team retires.
What does a Maintenance Volunteer do?
- Undertakes a range of light maintenance tasks including pruning, clearing debris from the Trail, replacing missing trail markers, installing water bars, removing litter and monitoring the campsite. All major maintenance tasks are carried out by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
- Attends to their section at least four times per year (ie once every three months). In areas closer to Perth, or on sections that require a higher level of maintenance, more frequent visits are preferred. If four visits per year are not possible, the responsibility may be shared between two teams, enabling volunteers to attend their section less often.
- Attends a Maintenance Field Day each year. These are held annually in each Parks and Wildlife district.
- Submits completed report forms to the Foundation after each maintenance visit. These reports are vital in assisting the Foundation and the Department of Parks and Wildlife in dealing with immediate problems and in planning for the future of the Trail.
- Records the number of hours contributed (including travelling time) on a time-sheet which is submitted to the Foundation at the end of each quarter.
Which section will I maintain if I volunteer?
- The Volunteer Coordinator manages the allocation of sections and will assist you in the choice of an appropriate section from those available.
- Some sections require a greater time commitment than others depending on the travelling time from the volunteer’s home location.
“After having attended one of the fantastic maintenance workshops a few years ago my partner Doris and I have been looking after a section through beautiful forest just north of Collie. We always enjoy going out on the Trail and quite often make it a weekend outing, where we camp in the nearby Wellington National Park and explore other sections of the Trail after a few hours of maintenance work.”
Bernhard Klingseisen, Maintenance Volunteer
A great way to enjoy the Trail, meet fellow cyclists, encourage new Trail users and to develop a love of the Trail in other people is to become a Volunteer Guide.
From time to time the Foundation conducts guided Trail events. Each event is developed to target specific sectors of the community to encourage a wider use of the Trail by people of all ages, socio-economic groups and fitness levels. One of the main aims is to attract people who have never cycled off-road before and who might otherwise not venture out on the Trail because of a lack of confidence, skills or motivation.
We aim to keep our events as affordable as possible so that the broadest range of people can participate and benefit from being introduced to off-road cycling. Central to this objective is the role of the Volunteer Guide.
What does a Volunteer Guide do?
- Helps the MBTF Events Manager to deliver a range of activities and events which cater for all ages. These may include leading day rides or multi-day rides on the Trail for a variety of group types, leading activities designed for children to develop their skills in the outdoors or speaking to groups regarding the preparation and planning of activities, along with providing information about appropriate equipment. Weekend day rides are the most common type of event conducted by Volunteer Guides.
- Completes a log-book to record details of each volunteer guiding experience. If more formal guiding qualifications are sought at a later date, this log-book may be used to substantiate prior learning.
- Records the number of volunteer hours (including travel time to and from events) on a time-sheet which is submitted to the MBTF Volunteer Coordinator at the end of each quarter.
- By completing the MBTF Guide Training Program you will acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and ability to lead groups of participants on safe, informative and enjoyable rides. As an experienced off-road cyclist, you may find that a great deal of the information is common sense of which you are already aware. However, the training will fill any gaps in your knowledge, ensure that all guides provide a consistent level of service to participants and provide you with support as you build your skills and confidence.
In addition to registering as a volunteer, trainee guides must:
- Be an experienced, fit and healthy off-road cyclist.
- Have cycled a section or sections of the Munda Biddi Trail for a minimum of two consecutive nights (three days), camping out at the campsites, in addition to other off-road cycling experience.
All prospective Volunteer Guides are required to hold a recognised Senior First Aid Certificate which must be kept current. A bus drivers licence and a police clearance are added bonuses, but are not essential.
More specific information on volunteer guiding can be obtained by contacting the Events Manager at the MBTF Office.
In the office
The Munda Biddi Trail Foundation office is located on the first floor at 105 Cambridge Street, West Leederville. We are open Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm.
If you have a good knowledge of the Trail, and are a keen and experienced off-road cyclist, you are welcome to become a regular member of the office staff assisting with a variety of administrative and marketing tasks.
What does an Office Volunteer do?
- Carries out a range of tasks relevant to the needs of the MBTF. These tasks may include answering general phone and walk-in enquiries, providing administration support, assisting with newsletters and providing your relevant skills where needed.
- Records the number of volunteer hours on a time-sheet which is collected by the Volunteer Coordinator at the end of each quarter.
If you are knowledgeable about the Foundation and familiar with the Trail, and you like talking to people, then consider becoming a community events volunteer. The Foundation is often invited to provide a presence at community events which is a great opportunity to raise the general public’s awareness of the Foundation and the Trail and what we have to offer. Promotion of the Trail by enthusiastic members and users is very effective.
What does a Community Events Volunteer do?
- Assists in transport (if possible) and the set-up of promotional displays in a variety of locations and settings.
- Answers a multitude of questions about types and duration of rides, best cycling season, attractions on the Trail, most appropriate gear, terrain of different sections, Trail towns, best types of food to carry, etc.
- Answers questions and provides information about membership, services and tourism products provided by the Foundation.
- Talks to people! Listens to other people’s off-road cycling experiences! Shares Trail tales with others.
- Has a great time!
- Records the number of volunteer hours on a time-sheet which is submitted to the Volunteer Coordinator at the end of each quarter.
Cyclist surveys are conducted every few years to obtain statistical data that is used for planning the ongoing management of the Trail and funding applications.
What does a Research Volunteer do?
- Interviews cyclists at designated locations on the Trail.
- Surveys and records cyclist information.
- Has a great time talking to fellow off-road cyclists.
How do I benefit?
Volunteering for the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation can be a source of great pride and satisfaction. The efforts of volunteers help to ensure that the Trail remains a world class facility that is enjoyed by many people. Becoming a volunteer is a commitment. You will receive training and recognition. Volunteers are rewarded by both the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Foundation, with the generous support of Mountain Designs. Rewards are given for hours accumulated during one financial year.
Why it’s good to become a MBTF member
Volunteers are encouraged to become MBTF members to ensure they are kept informed of all relevant matters regarding the Trail and the Foundation.
If you would like to join our team please email Carina McMillen, our Volunteer Coordinator, or call (08) 6336 9699, to discuss the opportunities currently available in your area of interest.
We thank you for your interest in supporting the Munda Biddi Trail and look forward to meeting you soon!
Any other questions?
Check out our volunteering FAQs.