Volunteering is incredibly important for environmental/zoology/biology students to gain experience and get a foot in the door. However these opportunities can often be hard to find and costly. This page aims to give environmental students direction and collate together all the free volunteer projects going on around Australia (and overseas!). This page is targeted mainly for environmental students, but also for any nature lovers who are looking for an adventure!
For honours, masters and PhD students: Contact us to advertise volunteer work for your project. Please detail what skills volunteers will gain, what time you need volunteers (along with how long you need them) and how to contact you for further details.
Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) – On the look out for volunteers interested in volunteering in rural areas for long periods of time from 1 week – 1 month. Excellent way to develop skills in wildlife trapping, wildlife surveys and land management for threatened species.
BirdLife Australia – Always in the lookout for volunteers, either in the field doing bird surveys, or in the office organising data.
Bushcare – Pick a location near you to meet up once every week to perform bush regeneration tasks. Gain skills in environmental remediation, native and exotic plant identification, habitat restoration and weed eradication techniques.
Desert Ecology Research Group, Sydney University – Usually hosts multiple field trips a year which consist of 2 – 3 weeks of field work in arid areas of Australia. Gain skills in pitfall trapping, bird surveys, invertebrate sampling, spotlight surveys, vegetation surveys, seed collection, and more.
Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) – Hosts multiple long weekend field trips a year. Gain skills in vegetation surveys, endangered mammal survey techniques and data collection. The trip also include lectures on botany, evolution and threatened species of eastern Gippsland. For a preview of what to expect on one of their camps, click here.
Gumnut Naturalist – We are always on the lookout for keen environmental students to join us on citizen science social surveys. Those who have experience in photography and videography is a bonus. Options available to write for our wide reaching blog or get involved in short documentary making. Get involved in environmental remediation projects and wildlife surveying. Gain skills in fauna and flora identification, surveying techniques and environmental remediation methods. Contact us for more details.
Threatened Species Volunteer Programs, National Parks and Wildlife Service – Always in need of keen volunteer to help out threatened species surveys and habitat restoration.
Wildcount, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage – Runs extensive annual fauna monitoring projects using camera traps. Gain skills in camera trap project design, setting up camera traps, and sorting through camera trap data.
Wildthings – A 10$ yearly membership fee gives members the opportunity to volunteer on various projects involving Eastern Pigmy Possums, native bees and frogs. This group is based in Kuringai Council LGA.