environmental volunteer opportunities

Volunteering is the best way to get experience and meet the people you need to get a job in the environment. In fact, it's practically the only way. More importantly, volunteering helps you figure out what you actually want to do.

While using volunteer networks, remember that the best way to find out if you're going to like working with a particular organisation is to check them out yourself. Use the active groups directory on this website to see who's out there and get in contact; read about the organisation's objectives and projects on their website; talk to their volunteer coordinator; go to their office and meet the staff; find out if they have action groups and go to a meeting.

It's really important to be your own advocate when getting into a volunteer role. Many organisations don't have a volunteer coordinator, are not skilled at supporting volunteers and everyone's too busy to provide proper support. Make sure you tell them about your skills and how you want to contribute and you will make it past the photocopier!

Some people give up on the whole idea of volunteering or working for the environment because of a bad volunteer experience. Don't give up! It takes a while to find out exactly where you want to be.

If you want to get stuck into a volunteer role straight away, check out the volunteer opportunities available now.

Australian Volunteers International

Australian Volunteers International is Australia's largest and most experienced international volunteer sending agency. Every year AVI prepare and support hundreds of Australians who volunteer to live alongside people of other cultures and work towards the sustainable development of communities. AVI's work is aimed at creating a peaceful and just world through greater cross-cultural understanding. It is built on an ethos of partnership, teamwork and consultation.

In the last 50 years AVI have placed more than 6000 Australian Volunteers in 70 countries in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Most assignments are for 2 years, allowing time for volunteers to adjust, integrate and contribute to a host community. However, there are a limited number of positions for shorter periods of between one and two years. For young Australians (age 18+), AVI also offer shorter-term, team-based opportunities for 8-12 weeks.

71 Argyle Street (PO Box 350) Fitzroy VIC 3065
03 9279 1788


Conservation Volunteers Australia

Conservation Volunteers Australia partners with individuals, businesses and governments to carry out hands on conservation work. Conservation Volunteers welcomes people with a love of the outdoors and interest in the environment to get involved. You can volunteer for a day, for a longer stay and if you have the travel bug and the finances, there are overseas expeditions. There is also a youth conservation network, a job seeker network program and "vacation" type experiences incorporating conservation work for those who are not excited about sleeping in a tent (who is that??).

Greenhill Enterprise Centre Enterprise Grove Mt Helen VIC 3350
1800 032 501


Earthwatch Institute

Its probably not really volunteering when you have to pay a lot of cash to go on an expedition, but Earthwatch institute offers some incredible experiences and carries out important research with the funds received. Earthwatch is an international environmental non profit organisation committed to conserving the diversity and integrity of life on earth to meet the needs of current and future generations.

Earthwatch works with a wide range of partners, from individuals who work as conservation volunteers on research teams through to corporate partners, governments and institutions. An Earthwatch expedition offers you the chance to explore parts of the world you might otherwise never see, to amaze yourself by the things you can do and to get your hands dirty in the name of making the world a better place. Working alongside leading scientists, you will join a team of international volunteers working in the field on important environmental issues.

126 Bank Street South Melbourne VIC 3205
03 9016 7590


Global Vision International

Global Vision International (GVI) is multi-award wining social enterprise that runs conservation and community development programs around the world. A key component of the success of these projects comes from the participants who join our programs. Opportunities including high impact volunteering from one week and up, internships for those looking for career development opportunities, Challenges that allow a one week adventure all for a good cause and a range of programs for school groups and younger volunteers. Search projects across the world on the GVI website including teaching, conservation, marine and animal care opportunities.

Formed in 1997 GVI have received over 20,000 participants and receive over 2000 participants every year. As with most international volunteering opportunities, a participation fee must be paid to take part.

Level 5, 11 Queens Road Melbourne VIC 3004
1300 795 013



GoVolunteer is a great resource for people looking for current volunteer opportunities around Australia in all different fields. GoVolunteer has a large range of volunteer roles including one off, short term and long term opportunities and many organisations can be flexible with times. We also make it easy for you to find a volunteer role that suits your interests, motivation, availability and location. The website also has information about volunteer rights and getting the best our of your volunteer experience.

Contact the volunteer resource centre in your state for general information about volunteering


Indigenous Community Volunteers

ICV works to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage and promote reconciliation by taking a unique approach to community and human development that fosters a spirit of empowerment and collaboration. Indigenous communities are not simply consumers of services, but active participants. ICV works directly with and at the invitation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families, organisations and communities. We unite them with a national network of skilled volunteers from backgrounds as diverse as childcare, technology, manufacturing, law and medicine. Our practices are participatory and inclusive. We ensure that we are doing things ‘with’ rather than ‘to’ or ‘for’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. We have regional offices across Australia employing Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff. At present, there is a high demand for regionally-based volunteers to assist with longer term community projects.

1/67 Townshend Street, Phillip ACT
Regional offices in Melbourne, Dubbo, Brisbane, Cairns, Alice Springs, Darwin, Perth.
1800 819 542


Pro Bono Australia

If you want to find out about the newsworthy issues concerning the not for profit sector and volunteer your professional skills, Pro Bono Australia is for you. Our VolunteerMatch is a free platform highlighting volunteer work across Australia by providing free advice, information and opportunities for getting the most out of volunteer work. Whether you want to work in an animal shelter, human rights organisation or with youth outreach, Pro Bono Australia will help you find it.

Suite 2, Level 1, 115-117 Chapel St, Windsor Vic 3181
03 8080 5650
email available via website


South East Volunteers

South East Volunteers has been supporting the community of Monash since 1985 and now covers Greater Dandenong and the City of Casey as well. We connect volunteers with opportunities in community organisations, provide training and support, and also train organisations to support their own volunteers. Each year more than 1600 volunteers are placed in over 400 organisations.

We also recruit our own volunteers who provide a range of services for the frail aged and people with disabilities and their carers, including a Safety Register to regularly check on members who may feel isolated, a transport service to take people with limited mobility to vital appointments, and a social calendar for people who feel isolated, creating new friendships and memorable times.

5 Myrtle Street Glen Waverley Vic 3150
03 9562 0414



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