Volunteering for the environment

Become a volunteer with one of the various programs we run and help preserve NSW's beautiful environment.

People of all ages all across New South Wales 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. 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.

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 our scientific research.
  • Saving our Species
    We're committed to securing the longevity and viability of threatened species in New South Wales. You can become involved in activities around the state that contribute to conservation of key species.
  • Backyard Buddies
    Backyard buddies are the native animals that share our built-up areas, waterways, backyards and parks. Backyard buddies are also the people who value native animals and plants, and want to protect and help them. You don't have to join a club or sign a form. All you have to do is care and do a few simple things to make a difference.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust
    Join the many volunteers working at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, at the Australian Botanic Garden in Mount Annan or at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in Mount Tomah. Become a volunteer guide, work in the herbarium or nursery, or join the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens.
  • 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.

We also partner with other environmental organisations to deliver volunteering programs throughout the state.

  • Volunteering in Greater Sydney
    Find out about volunteering opportunities with local community groups and the Greater Sydney Local Land Services. A wide range of conservation activities occur in and around parks and reserves across Sydney.
  • Conservation Volunteers Australia
    Conservation Volunteers Australia 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 6,000 Landcare and Coastcare groups nationwide, there is likely to be a group near you.