St Kilda is home to a colony of over 1,400 Little Penguins and attracts many visitors each year.

You can help to enhance the learning experience for local, interstate and overseas visitors while also assisting in minimising the impact of the public on this important wild penguin colony by volunteering as a Penguin Guide.

Earthcare St Kilda has been operating its famous Penguin Guide service since 2008.

Earthcare St Kilda Penguin Guides

Guides are rostered in teams, with a team leader, to supervise public penguin viewing at the pier from sunset for 2-3 hours.

Penguin Guide duties include:

  • Providing of information to visitors about the little penguins
  • Minimising the impact of visitors on the colony through education about the use of camera flashes and white light torches, keeping off the rocks and keeping their distance from the penguins
  • Removal of litter from the penguin viewing area

The minimum commitment is to one shift per fortnight for at least 3 months

No previous penguin knowledge or experience around penguins is needed as all training and equipment will be provided by Earthcare St Kilda to new Penguin Guides.

More details about Penguin Guiding are given in our Penguin Guide Handbook.

If you are interested in becoming a Penguin Guide then please email the Penguin Guides Co-ordinator or complete this application form.

Note:  Penguin Guides must be over 18 years of age and will be required to become members of Earthcare St Kilda.

Further Details

If you would like to know more about Little Penguins then visit the St Kilda Penguins website and read the Earthcare St Kilda publication The St Kilda Penguins.

This activity is open to all current and new members of Earthcare St Kilda.