Volunteer with us

Volunteer with us

New Year’s Eve

We are looking for volunteers to join our spectator services team to provide New Year’s Eve information to the public.

Find out more

Opportunities at the City

We encourage people to do something good for their local community through volunteering. You can make new friends, learn new skills or help someone in need with one of our many projects when you become a volunteer with us, including:

  • twice yearly homeless street count
  • delivering Meals on Wheels
  • tutoring/assisting at one of our spaces
  • taking part in a We Heart Sydney Park bushcare session.

Opportunities to volunteer are updated on this page when they arise.

Be sure to also view our volunteer and donation directory of not-for-profit organisations.

Several websites list other volunteering opportunities in the City and surrounding areas. The Centre for Volunteering has some great stories about volunteering.


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Sydney New Year’s Eve

Sydney New Year’s Eve is renowned globally as one of the most spectacular events in the world.

It is a New Year celebration with a spectacular fireworks display set against a glittering Sydney Harbour.

You can join the volunteer team to share your city with the world!  

Volunteer roles

Spectator services team – information booths

Spectator services volunteers are the face of 2014 Sydney New Year's Eve.

The information you will provide to the public includes handing out guides and maps, details about specific viewing areas, access areas and directing patrons to specific sites that are still open.

This is a very fast paced role where you will provide information to large crowds of people while viewing areas are constantly closing.

You will need to think on your feet and adapt to changes quickly!

New Years Eve

Volunteer shifts available

When: Wednesday 31 December 2014
Time: 9.30am–5pm and 4.30pm–11.30pm
Where: Circular Quay, Bridge Street, Shakespeare Place, Queen Square, QVB Forecourt, George Street. 


  • you must be aged over 18 
  • local knowledge of the city centre is essential
  • phone interviews take place for all volunteer positions
  • attend a volunteer briefing on Monday 22 December at 6pm

Volunteer benefits

  • exclusive 2014 Sydney New Year’s Eve volunteer t-shirt and hat
  • volunteer meal
  • satisfaction of being part of one of the biggest events in Sydney 
  • certificate of appreciation
  • reference letter if required

How to sign up

You can register your interest now

We Heart Sydney Park

We're looking for keen green thumbs to join our volunteer bushcare group.

Any time you give will help Sydney Park thrive. By weeding and planting, you'll create new homes for native wildlife and keep the park beautiful.

You'll also have the chance to meet other locals, and join in our birdwatching tours, walks, talks and more. 

Session times

9.30am–2.30pm every Wednesday and some Saturdays. Register with Conservation Volunteers to get involved – you can register for a single session or come along every week.

To register

Contact our partners, Conservation Volunteers or search Sydney Park on their site.
02 9331 1610

Homeless street count

Twice a year, in February and August, we count the number of people who are sleeping rough in the local area.

For each street count, we rely on the goodwill of more than 150 volunteers to help the City of Sydney's Homelessness Unit collect accurate and up-to-date information to develop responses to homelessness according to need.

Registrations open

The next street count takes place on 24 February 2015.

Volunteers are needed to count rough sleepers from 1am to 3am.

Register and find out more about street count.

Meals on Wheels

Our volunteers work in pairs delivering prepared meals to our clients at home on weekdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Full support is provided by a paid staff member as you work together across numerous suburbs within the City's local area.

The positions currently available are:

  • driver/helper
  • group/corporate volunteering days (Christmas and Easter).


To work in these roles you need to be:

  • able to work with people with disabilities and their carers
  • reliable and punctual
  • have good oral and written communication
  • able to work in a team environment.

Drivers need to have their own vehicle and a current driver's licence. Travel costs will be reimbursed by the City.

Successful applicants are trained in standards on:

  • food safety
  • Workplace Health and Safety (WHS)
  • Home and Community Care (HACC).

Our volunteers play a vital role to ensure we are providing the best possible service to our residents. 

Essential requirements

You will need to provide 2 names of referees who will be contacted by phone. The City must undertake criminal history record checks on prospective Meals on Wheels volunteers. You can download the volunteer handbook and application form.

Group volunteer days

At Easter and Christmas we pack and deliver food hampers to our clients. If your group or company is looking for a rewarding half day volunteer activity where you could lend some extra hands to help us pack these food hampers, please get in touch.


For more information about volunteering, please contact:

Meals on Wheels Coordinator
02 8512 4231

City spaces

We sometimes have volunteer positions available at our centres for:

  • tutors
  • reception assistants
  • bilingual bus assistants.

Volunteer tutors must have prior training or teaching experience, particularly with older people.

Our bus assistants help community bus passengers on and off the bus and to communicate with the bus driver.

Reception assistants provide simple reception duties at our podiatry service.

You will need to provide 2 names of referees and agree to a criminal history record check.

An ability to speak a community language such as Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian or Spanish is highly regarded.


For more information about volunteering at one of the City's centres, please contact:

Last updated: Wednesday, 10 December 2014