This page will answer most of your questions. For more information you can contact our volunteer coordinator Carina McMillen, she'd love to hear from you!
What roles are there for me to fill as a volunteer?
Opportunities abound and will depend on your skills set and interests. Common positions include trail maintenance, office administration and events management. For further information on roles available, click here.
How long will I have to commit for?
It’s your choice! Your commitment to a particular volunteer position depends entirely upon your circumstances, interests and the length of time you are available. There are no set time requirements, but if you nominate yourself for a particular project, we would expect that you participate and complete the task.
You are also able to choose when you would like to retire from your volunteering role.
Do I have to volunteer at certain times?
Not really. For specific roles you can volunteer when it suits you so, if the role does not fit your circumstances, you can choose a different position which does. Trail Maintenance Volunteers usually undertake volunteering whenever it suits them, this may be on weekends or over certain times throughout the year. We may, from time to time, request that you undertake Trail Maintenance at particular times but we will obviously be flexible with this because we understand your time is valuable and we appreciate your contribution. So it's really up to you!
Can I volunteer with my family or friends?
It’s your choice whether you volunteer as an individual or as part of a group. There are volunteering opportunities to suit both situations. You may volunteer for some activities as an individual and for others as part of a group. All members of any group must be registered. In some instances (eg off-road cycling clubs where the group members vary), this may be covered by a special group registration which covers the group for one day at a time.
What age restrictions apply to volunteers?
Under the Department of Parks and Wildlife Volunteer Insurance Policy all volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
Do I need any experience or qualifications?
A willingness to learn and loads of enthusiasm is most impotant. Having some off-road cycling experience and a knowledge of the Trail is also beneficial. Sometimes a volunteer role may require specific job skills or qualifications, but you would be able to choose whether you wanted to participate. Volunteer Guides are required to hold at least a Senior First Aid qualification.
Do I need Police Clearances or Working With Children checks?
Some volunteer roles within the Foundation involve working with vulnerable people, such as children. Police clearances and Working With Children checks will protect your safety as well as participants’ safety. The type of check depends upon the volunteer role, and the MBTF will inform you if you need a successful check to undertake that role.
I work full time. Can I still volunteer?
Yes! There are volunteer opportunities that do not require you to be available during normal office hours. For example much of the Volunteer Guide’s commitment would be during weekends, maintenance volunteering is in your own time and with some of the community events, volunteer tasks are outside normal working hours.
Will volunteering cost me anything?
There is no cost to register as a MBTF volunteer. Depending upon the type of volunteer role you decide to undertake, there may be some out of pocket expenses, such as the cost of fuel to travel to and from your maintenance section. It is difficult to reimburse volunteers for all expenses they may incur, as the MBTF is a not-for-profit organisation with all available funds directed towards the facilities, promotion and upkeep of the Trail. The total contribution made by the hundreds of volunteers is greatly appreciated by the Foundation.
It is a good idea to enquire about expenses you may incur before committing to any volunteer role.
Am I covered by insurance?
Registered Foundation volunteers are covered by insurance when volunteering for the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation. Click here for further information about insurance. Please insure that your friends, family or colleagues who are assisting you register or, alternatively, you can choose to complete a hardcopy form detailing their name, contact details, start and finish times and send this to the Foundation immediately following the volunteer event.
What happens if I don't wish to volunteer anymore?
You are free to stop your volunteering with the Foundation at any time. We will be sad to see you go but will be very greatful for your previous contribution. We just ask that you notify us of your intention by calling the Foundation on (08) 6336 9699 so that we can update our records. We will also request that you finalise all of your previous hours so that we can send any volunteer rewards to you on your 'retirement'.
Do I have to be a member?
Volunteers do not have to be members of the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation. However, we encourage you to join the organisation for a number of reasons including:
- Membership can develop a feeling of belonging to the organisation.
- Membership can enhance feelings of great pride and satisfaction through a personal contribution.
- Membership ensures that you are kept informed of all relevant matters regarding the Trail and the Foundation.
Other benefits include three editions of Munda Biddi News annually, free trip planning advice and discounts at our sponsor equipment stores.
A strong supporter base assists the Foundation when seeking grants and funding for the upkeep of the Trail.