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Volunteering links

We've just jazzed our volunteer program! There are so many ways of helping us create a healthy, sustainable Australia.

Why not pop over to our volunteer page to find out more. 

There are heaps of other organisations around the country that require volunteers. 

AUSTRALIA-WIDE

Australian Bush Heritage Fund
Bush Heritage is a national, independent, non-profit organisation committed to preserving Australia's biodiversity by protecting the bush. It organises working bees and operates a volunteer ranger program.

Australian Marine Conservation Society
The Australian Marine Conservation Society is a not-for-profit charity that helps create marine national parks, save our ocean wildlife and make our fisheries sustainable.

Birds Australia
Birds Australia is the country’s oldest national conservation organisation and is Australia’s only truly national organisation dedicated to the study, conservation and enjoyment of native birds and their habitats.

Birds Conservation & Observation Australia
BOCA provides environmental education and conservation of Australia's birds and their habitat and fosters an awareness of our birds and an interest in bird watching.

Clean Ocean Foundation
The amount of garbage dumped in the world's oceans each year is three times the weight of fish caught from them. No matter what your age, experience or abilities, you can make a difference in the campaign to make the ocean free from pollution.

Clean Up Australia
Clean Up Australia works with communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment. Volunteer opportunities exist in the office and on projects.

Conservation Volunteers Australia
Conservation Volunteers Australia offers a number of different volunteer opportunities from one day local environmental projects through to two week expeditions to remote outback locations that provide and amazing working holiday experience.

Environment Defender’s Office
The Australian Network of Environmental Defenders Offices Inc (ANEDO) consists of nine independently constituted and managed community environmental law centres located in each State and Territory of Australia. Click on your state to find information about volunteering.

Earthwatch Australia
From saving turtles in Trinidad, researching Meerkats in South Africa to assessing the impact of climate change in Borneo’s rainforests –  you’ll have the eco adventure of a lifetime with Earthwatch. Sample a taste of conservation research by joining a one day research team in your capital city.

Friends of the Earth Australia
FoE is essentially a volunteer organisation, with a huge number of opportunities for getting involved.

Frog Watch
This "Field Guide to the Frog Groups of Australia" allows you to search the country for societies and organisations encourage active participation in frog-related activities and events or amphibian conservation.

Green Cross Australia
Green Cross Australia is a new national NGO that focuses on the human dimension of environmental challenges by preparing communities for rising sea levels and increasing extreme weather.

Greening Australia
There are many ways you can help Greening Australia ranging from on-ground work to office administration and seasonal activities such as seed collection.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific
Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses non-violent direct action to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. There are many ways to get involved.

Humane Society International
Humane Society International (HSI) is the largest animal protection organisation in the world with over nine million supporters globally.

Landcare
Volunteering for community landcare is easy, fun and a great way to give back to your community while shaping the future direction of the environment in which you live. Join the thousands of Australians who give time to their local landcare group – the only requirements are an interest in the environment and enthusiasm for conservation.

The Oceania Project
The Oceania Project is a not-for-profit, research and information organisation dedicated to raising awareness about cetacea (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and the ocean environment. Participate in the internship program aboard the annual Whale Research Expedition.

Waterwatch Australia
The Waterwatch network is made up of individuals, community groups, and school groups who regularly:

  • check their local waterways;
  • undertake actions to help maintain good water quality; and
  • help raise community awareness about water quality issues.

The Wilderness Society
The Wilderness Society consists of a National Office in Hobart, a National Campaign Centre in Canberra, and a number of local Campaign Centres almost all major cities in Australia and shops in a number of cities across Australia, all of which welcome volunteer help.

WWF-Australia
WWF works to conserve Australia's plants and animals, by ending land clearing, addressing climate change, and preserving and protecting our fresh water, marine and land environments.

VICTORIA

CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies
CERES has many different areas that you can be involved in from working with animals, bikes or plants to helping out with projects or administration.

Environment Victoria
Volunteers EV concentrates its efforts on global warming, preserving waterways and reducing waste.

Friends of the Zoos
FOTZ is the voluntary support group of Victoria's three great zoos - Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Parks Victoria
Volunteers page Parks Victoria offers a number of opportunities for volunteers including the Camp Host program.

Trust for Nature
Trust for Nature's mission is to ensure that all significant natural areas in private ownership in Victoria are conserved. Volunteers are required for administrative projects in the Melbourne office and for the Flora and Fauna survey group.

Victorian Environment Friends Network
Friends groups are a great way to meet people, get some exercise and help the environment. Find a Friends group near you.

Victorian National Parks Association

The VNPA is an independent, non-profit, membership-based group, which exists to protect Victoria's unique natural environment and biodiversity through the establishment and effective management of national parks, conservation reserves and other measures.

Wildlife Victoria
Wildlife Victoria provides a 24 hour, seven days a week wildlife rescue and information service. It also maintains a wildlife care and communication network across Victoria which assists wildlife rehabilitation.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Harbourkeepers
HarbourKeepers involves the community in regular activities which explore and safeguard Sydney Harbour.

Nature Conservation Council of NSW
The Nature Conservation Council (NCC) is the umbrella organisation for over 120 environmental groups in NSW as well as an information centre for students and those wishing to learn more about environmental issues. Opportunities for voluntary work consist of helping both administrative and project staff with office support, campaign assistance or environmental research.

National Parks Association of NSW
NPA could not accomplish its mission without the help of volunteers. If you are in or near Sydney you can volunteer with NPA on special projects or in our office. We occasionally have projects that can be accomplished remotely if you don't live in the Sydney area.

Park volunteer programs - NSW
A whole range of volunteer programs are currently running in parks and reserves around New South Wales.

Taronga Zoo Volunteer Keepers program
Taronga Zoo has a Volunteer program for those people who would like to gain experience in a particular field. Volunteer Keepers assist keepers with general keeping duties including cleaning of exhibits and food preparation.

Transition Sydney
Transition Sydney is a group of Sydney people whose concern about the impact that climate change, fossil fuel depletion, and collapsing global trade and financial systems will have on our way of life calls us to do something practical about it.

Wires
The NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Incorporated (WIRES) is the largest wildlife rescue organisation in Australia.

QUEENSLAND

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Being a Wildlife Volunteer offers you the chance to fulfil your ambition to work with Australian native wildlife.

Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council (GECKO)
Gecko is the Gold Coast’s peak non-government not-for-profit environment group. Volunteers have been working to protect and enhance the natural environmental assets of our region since 1989.

National Parks Association of Queensland
NPAQ is a volunteer organisation with more than 6,500 of voluntary hours per year dedicated to the operation of the office and the various outings that are held. Volunteers (most of whom are members), provide their time to undertake a range of tasks.

North Queensland Conservation Council
NQCC is a voluntary regional conservation group whose area of interest extends along the Queensland coast from South of Bowen to North of Cardwell and Westward from this coastal strip to the Northern Territory border.

Queensland Conservation Council
QCC has many volunteers including those who sit on conservation committees throughout the state, our own executive, office volunteers, campaign volunteers and a diverse range of other people who give QCC a helping hand throughout the year.

Reef Check Australia
Reef Check Australia is a not-for-profit environmental organisation that engages the Australian community in coral reef conservation at a unique level. We are part of a global network of volunteers who regularly monitor and report on reef health, bringing Citizen Science to environmental issues

Sunshine Coast Environment Council
On 21 April 1980, 15 community groups came together and formed the Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) Inc. Today SCEC has more than 50 member groups, stretching from Cooloola to Caboolture, and over 300 individual, family and business members.

Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland
WPSQ is a community-based, non-profit organisation consisting of 24 branches throughout the State, committed to an ecologically sustainable future for people and wildlife.

Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE)
HOPE’s principal aim is to raise awareness of, and encourage active participation in, waste minimisation and the conservation of energy and resources.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Conservation Council of SA
Volunteers are placed according to their particular interests, skills and background and work in a variety of areas either at the centre or assisting one of our sixty member groups.

Fauna Rescue of South Australia
South Australia's largest wildlife organisation caring for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

Marine Life Society of SA
MLSSA members engage in a variety of activities including diving and snorkelling, underwater photography, seminars for schools and community groups, maintenance of marine aquaria and study of the local marine environment.

Parks SA
As a DENR volunteer you can help to conserve the natural environment, or a heritage site, for future generations and feel great while you're doing it.

Trees for Life
Volunteering with Trees For Life includes growing seedlings, collecting seed, caring for a bush for life site, working as a group with a bush action team (BAT), cleaning and packing seed, helping out with office administration, helping out at depots for material distribution and delivering materials to depots.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Conservation Council of WA
There are lots of ways you can help out the CCWA and do something to protect the environment as well as further develop your skills and knowledge. You can help out with research, administration, events or volunteer with an affiliated group.

NatureBase (WA) - Volunteer Programs
The WA Department of Environment and Conservation operates a variety of volunteer projects including scientific research, community education and manual labour.

TASMANIA

TasFauna - Central North Wildlife Care & Rescue
Central North Wildlife Care & Rescue Inc is a group of volunteers living on the North West coast of Tasmania, who work together to rescue, raise and rehabilitate injured and orphaned Tasmanian native wildlife.

Environment Tasmania
Australia's youngest conservation council, Environment Tasmania is a peak body representing over 20 Tasmanian environment groups, with collective representation of over 5000 Tasmanians.

Tasmanian Conservation Trust
The Tasmanian Conservation Trust (TCT) is the only Tasmanian conservation organisation that involves itself in the full range of conservation issues.

As a non-political organisation, it can engage with government, industry and the wider community in a non-confrontationist manner to achieve genuine, on-ground conservation outcomes.

Tas Parks & Wildlife
The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) volunteer programs aim to provide people with a special understanding of parks, with new skills and fantastic opportunities for personal development and meeting new people.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Volunteers in Parks - NT
Fulfilling the role to protect wildlife within and outside Northern Territory parks and reserves involves a range of activities in the areas of administration, bushfires control, wildlife management, research and park management. Many of these activities provide opportunities for the involvement of volunteers.

ACT

Australian Network for Plant Conservation
Volunteer activities at the National Office include maintaining membership databases, distribution of information, helping with the journal Australasian Plant Conservation, updating the website, and helping organise conferences, courses and seminars.

Canberra Environment and Sustainability Resource Centre 
Canberra Environment and Sustainability Resource Centre works directly with the community to ensure the best environmental outcomes for the ACT through targeted education, information and practical application.

Volunteer groups in ACT
The ACT Department of Environment  and Sustainable development has a list of environment volunteer groups in the ACT