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

  • NSW National Parks Campground Host Program 
    A perfect opportunity to experience camping in our national parks while providing a valuable service to the public. The program runs throughout the summer and Easter holidays in selected campgrounds throughout NSW. Applications open every September and January
  • NSW National Parks Nature Nomads Program 
    For a holiday with a difference, join together with other nomads and combine your travels with an enriching volunteer experience. Set up your caravan or pitch your tent at Arakoon National Park, Yuraygir National Park or Bundjalung National Park for a week and enjoy hands-on involvement in protecting our national parks. Applications for the Nature Nomads program are now open for Autumn 2014.
  • 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!
  • Corporate volunteering and teambuilding programs 
    Now available in the Sydney metropolitan area in two locations: Sydney Harbour National Park and Lane Cove National Park. Corporate volunteering is a great way for staff to give back to the community and gives businesses the opportunity to play a significant role in conserving Australia's environment and heritage.
  • 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.
  • Community-based biodiversity studies
    Join one of a number of community groups actively involved in biodiversity monitoring under the supervision of qualified team leaders.

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

  • ACT Parks Campground Host program
    Become a campground host for the ACT Parks and Conservation Service and volunteer at locations at the popular and newly re-opened Cotter campground, starting in December 2012.
  • Adventure Conservation
    In partnership with Landcare groups and the Greater Sydney Local Land Services, Willow Warriors is proud to promote a range of Adventure Conservation activities occurring in and around parks across the state. 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.

The agency's volunteer policy and procedures document (09797DECCWVolPolProc, 117kb) provides information for volunteers.

Page last updated: 31 July 2014