The NCA Volunteer Program offers you the opportunity to meet new people through playing an active role in the education of locals and visitors.

Volunteers are provided with a range of training opportunities to assist them to successfully undertake their role as ambassadors for Canberra.

The NCA offers three Volunteer Programs that undertake activities across the National Triangle; Volunteer Guide, Horticulture Volunteer and Research Volunteer. We are currently 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 (Monday to Friday) for a period of 12 months; and
  • are open to developing new skills.

Become a Volunteer

Are you passionate about our National Capital? Come join us at the National Capital Authority (NCA) as a Volunteer!

We are currently looking to add more Volunteer Guides to our Volunteer Programs to support the NCA’s mission to inform and educate all Australians about our National Capital.

If you have a skill you’d like to share, or an enquiry regarding the NCA Volunteer Programs, please contact the NCA Volunteer Officer on 02 6272 2962 or email

NCA Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer Guide

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; and
  • Assisting with activities related to special events such as the National Carillon Open Day, the 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?

Horticulture Volunteers are taught by our expert gardeners along the way, while becoming 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.

Research Volunteer

Do you have a background in research? Are you looking for a way to utilise your skills?

Research Volunteers receive on the job training and ongoing professional development while they work behind the scenes and support the functions of the NCA through volunteer assisted projects.

Research Volunteers work within small teams or independently on various tasks, allocated to them depending on their strengths, skills and experience. Some of our 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.

Meet our Volunteers

Meet some of the NCA’s wonderful volunteer guides who share the stories of our National Capital and keep the Old Parliament House Gardens looking fabulous:

  • Meet our Volunteer Guides Ian, Kathleen and Anne here.
  • Meet our Horticultural Volunteers Gwen and Gabrielle here.