Volunteer for the Mornington Peninsula Shire

1. Overview

There are many opportunities to volunteer for us, including areas such as arts and culture, environment and parks, delivered meals and events. 

2. Shire Nursery

Our Nursery welcomes volunteers with an interest in growing plants and gardening. Volunteering at the nursery provides an opportunity to build on existing horticultural skills, meet new people and learn about our local flora. There are a variety of tasks available including propagation, seed cleaning and sorting, planting, potting, weeding and the preparation of materials for nursery staff.

Volunteering opportunities will be advertised on the Mornington Peninsula Shire Volunteering website. 

3. Environmental Volunteers

There are a variety of opportunities available to people with an interest in our environment and working outdoors. Assisting in these programs allows volunteers to meet new people and gain an understanding of their local environment.

Contact:
Friends of Bushland Reserves (Shire managed reserves): 5950 1263
Friends of Bushland Reserves (Parks Victoria): 13 19 63
Landcare and catchment groups: 5950 1263
Coast Action Volunteers (Parks Victoria): 13 19 63 

4. Recreation Community Partnerships

Our Recreation team manages our active sport reserves and community halls. Opportunities exist at many of these facilities to be part of the committee of management or local management support group looking after halls and reserves.

Contact:
Phone: 5950 1000

5. Home library service

Our Libraries provides free monthly deliveries of library materials to housebound residents through its Home Library Service.  Volunteers select and deliver items to a resident or residents living in their local community where possible. All volunteers are required to undergo a police check. 

Contact:
Home Library Service Coordinator, phone : 5982 0126 or email: homelibraryservice@mornpen.vic.gov.au

6. Delivered meals

We deliver more than 350 meals per day to older persons and people with disabilities, five days a week. Volunteers are required to deliver meals for approximately two hours in the morning using their own roadworthy vehicles and they receive a contribution toward petrol costs. You can decide how often you wish to donate your time. It can be once a week, once a month or whatever suits you. Volunteers are required to be caring, alert, and non-judgemental with an interest in older persons and people with a disability.

Contact:
Volunteer Support Officer, phone: 5950 1600

7. The Briars, Mt Martha

A range of opportunities are available at the Briars for those passionate about local history, wildlife and agriculture. Volunteer tour guides take our visitors through the Heritage Homestead while our Outdoor Volunteers assist with maintenance of the site including track works, fence maintenance and weed management. Heritage Garden Volunteers grow heritage seeds in the Homestead garden, for sale to visitors. Volunteers can also assist with school holiday programs and at other community events.

Volunteering opportunities will be advertised on the Mornington Peninsula Shire Volunteering website. 

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Experience the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery from the inside, become an ambassador and share your time and skills, meet new friends, and become part of a unique experience. MPRG has many volunteer opportunities available for both short and long term commitments, including assisting with front of house, exhibition attendants and gallery guides. People with good communication skills and an interest in art would be suited to these positions.

Contact:
Phone: 5975 4395 or email: mprg@mornpen.vic.gov.au

8. Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre

Located in Dromana, the Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre provides an efficient, effective and comprehensive information service for visitors, local tourism operators, the community and the travel trade.

Volunteers are required for a minimum of four hours per week covering a seven-day roster. Volunteer responsibilities include customer service; responding to incoming phone enquiries; recording accommodation and ticketing enquiries; collecting and collating visitation statistics; mailing suitable information; maintaining brochure displays and storage and; souvenir sales and general administrative duties.

Contact:
Volunteer Coordinator Ebony Flett, phone: 5987 3078 or email: info@tourism.mornpen.vic.gov.au