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Volunteering for the environment

People of all ages all across NSW kindly donate their time and gain great satisfaction through sharing volunteer experiences. Volunteers make an enormous contribution to preserving our environment and are rewarded by meeting like-minded people and spending time in a cherished environment.

Volunteering is a great way to show your passion for nature and make a positive difference. Become a volunteer with one of the various programs run by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and help preserve NSW's beautiful environment and spectacular heritage. Maybe you’d like to volunteer in a national park or botanic garden? Or contribute to biodiversity studies? A range of programs and opportunities are available so please explore the links below to find out more.

Find out more

  • Volunteer for NSW national parks
    Volunteer programs run throughout the state, ranging from bush regeneration to tour guiding. Take a look at current opportunities across the state!
  • Regional Advisory Committees 
    Find out about how to become involved in a National Parks and Wildlife Regional Advisory Committee in your area.
  • Citizen Science
    Learn more about the citizen science projects available and how you can get involved in OEH scientific research.
  • Saving our Species
    OEH is committed to securing the longevity and viability of threatened species in NSW. You can become involved in activities around the state that contribute to conservation of key species.
  • Community-based biodiversity studies
    Join one of a number of community groups actively involved in biodiversity monitoring under the supervision of qualified team leaders.
  • Volunteer for the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust
    Join the many volunteers working at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan and at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. Become a volunteer guide, work in the herbarium or nursery, or become one of the Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens.
  • Volunteer for Centennial Parklands
    Volunteers at Centennial Parklands help to achieve and complete far more than could be done otherwise. Find out about joining one of the community programs such as bush regeneration, the nursery growing group, bird watching and more. 

OEH also works with other environmental organisations to deliver volunteering programs throughout the state. Take a look at the links below for information.

  • Volunteering in Greater Sydney
    Find out about volunteering opportunities with local community groups and the Greater Sydney Local Land Services, there are a wide range of conservation activities occurring in and around parks and reserves across Sydney. The experiences are wild and volunteers are needed!
  • Conservation Volunteers Australia
    CVA welcomes hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around Australia and across the world and supports participation in a diversity of important projects to protect and enhance our environment.
  • Landcare Australia
    Landcare Australia is the peak body representing community-based environmental protection in Australia.  With over 6000 Landcare and Coastcare groups nationwide there is likely to be a group near you.
Page last updated: 16 June 2015