Why Volunteer?

Northern Beaches Council values the contribution of volunteers. Many services would not operate so successfully without the commitment of people dedicating their time, energy and knowledge. 

As well as making a difference to the lives of others, volunteering allows people to develop skills, create new social networks, meet like-minded people and be actively engaged in the community. Volunteering empowers individuals, enhances organisations and strengthens communities.


To enquire about volunteer opportunities, start by completing the online enquiry form to get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator and discuss what role may best suit you. Once you are placed in a role, all volunteers are required to complete a registration form and induction prior to starting, and undertake a trial period and/or informal interview to assess your suitability to the role. Some roles will also require a Working With Children Check or Police Check. 


All volunteers will receive the necessary information and training, prior to volunteering with Northern Beaches Council. You will receive an initial induction to ensure you can perform your role safely, that you are aware of your rights, that you know and understand council's expectations of you. 


There are a broad range of volunteer roles within council. Some roles are long term and some short term. Some roles require customer service skills, while others are mostly administrative or manual tasks. 

See below for specific details regarding areas within council offering volunteer roles. Contact the Community Volunteer Coordinator on 9942 2231 to discuss or complete the online enquiry form and mention which role(s) you are interested in. If unsure, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to discuss your options


Events can be an exciting and rewarding opportunity for those who are only available on weekends or occasionally, and who wish to gain valuable experience in event operations or to be part of something special. 

An outline of the 2019 events recruiting volunteers is listed below. 

Manly Jazz - Manly Beachfront and Corso, October Long Weekend

Gain valuable experience as part of a team working on this iconic major event. Volunteers will assist the operations, research and educations teams. 

Applications open now - Find out more

Environment and Outdoors

There are various opportunities to help maintain and nurture our natural environment.


Bushcare is all about working to conserve and rehabilitate bushland. There are over 400 volunteers who work at over 80 different sites throughout the Northern Beaches. Most Bushcare groups work at set times through the year, for two or three hours each month. Find out more

Cemetery Gardening

Our cemetery gardening group volunteers to carry out gentle weeding on the graves in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Held on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 8.30 - 11.30am (weather permitting). Call 9970 1341.

Community Services 

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels supports an independent and social lifestyle for seniors and people with disability. You will help to provide tasty and nutritious home-delivered meals for older residents, people with disability and their carers.

Library Services

Volunteering can be a fun way to help others whilst meeting new people and developing new skills. The library service welcomes new volunteers. Become a volunteer today. Find out more

Meet and Greet roles

If you enjoy talking to people and have a friendly manner, then you may suit a meet and greet role in one of our well visited attractions, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, or the Manly Visitor Information Centre. An interest and knowledge in the arts or the Manly area is desirable. 


If you have a role in mind that is not listed here, simply complete the enquiry form and the Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch to discuss. 

Specialised skills

If you have special skills you would like to utilise, mention these on the enquiry form and the Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch to discuss.

Industry experience?

We often have special projects that require skilled or specialised volunteers which can give you valuable industry experience. Let us know what you are looking for and we may be able to help.

Need more information?

For more information about volunteering with Northern Beaches Council, complete the enquiry form or contact the Volunteer Coordinator on 9942 2231.