The National Capital Authority (NCA) offers three Volunteer Programs that undertake activities across the National Triangle; Volunteer Guide, Horticulture Volunteer and Research Volunteer. The NCA is seeking enthusiastic people who:

  • enjoy meeting people from diverse backgrounds and working as part of a team;
  • are reliable and responsible;
  • are prepared to attend training and professional development sessions;
  • are able to commit to up to four hours per week (Mon-Fri) for a period of 12 months; and
  • are open to developing new skills.

Volunteer Guide

Are you passionate about our National Capital?

Do you want to learn more about the history, development and special importance of Canberra and share that knowledge with others?

Volunteer Guides play an integral part in the education of visitors about the role special importance and history of the National Capital and in promoting the city’s attributes.

The NCA provides direction and training to Volunteer Guides in preparation for volunteer activities. This includes the history and design of the National Capital and interpretation of NCA exhibition facilities and places of unique interest that are managed by the NCA.

The activities of a Volunteer Guide include:

  • Presenting education programs to school students at the National Capital Exhibition and Blundells Cottage.
  • Welcoming and assisting visitors.
  • Conducting walking tours of national areas for booked groups along Anzac Parade, Reconciliation Place, the shore of Lake Burley Griffin or within the Old Parliament House Gardens.
  • Assisting with activities related to special events such as the National Carillon Open Day, Canberra and Region Heritage Festival and National Volunteer Week.

Horticultural Volunteer

Are you an avid rose lover, enjoy gardening and being outdoors?

Would you like to gain new skills in specialist garden care including; pruning, pest and disease awareness and deadheading?

The Horticulture Volunteer Program provides the public an opportunity to become involved in the horticultural care and maintenance of the Old Parliament House Gardens. Five teams work in the gardens pruning, weeding, dead heading and working together to beautify the gardens for local, national and international visitors.

Volunteers attend to the finer details of garden care, gaining knowledge from expert gardeners along the way.

Research Volunteer

Do you have a background in research?

Are you looking for a way to utilise your skills?

Research Volunteers work behind the scenes and support the functions of the NCA through various volunteer assisted projects. Research Volunteers work within small teams or independently on various tasks, allocated to them depending on their strengths, skills and experience.

Past projects and tasks have included;

  • cataloguing of records for the NCA Library,
  • collating of reference material for public tour field notes,
  • administration to assist the musicians at the National Carillon,
  • assisting with the sorting of collection items from Blundells Cottage; and
  • craft and sewing for various NCA displays.

Volunteers involved in projects receive on the job training and ongoing professional development. If you have a skill you’d like to share, please contact us to see what positions are available.

How do I become an NCA volunteer?

For enquiries regarding the NCA Volunteer Programs and to check current position availability, please contact the Volunteer Officer on 6272 2962 or email