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.

Volunteering Australia

Volunteering Australia is the national peak body for volunteering working to advance volunteering in the Australian community. Their website has information on volunteer rights, how to be an effective volunteer and the volunteer centres in each state and territory.

Level 2, 202 City Walk Canberra ACT 2601
02 6251 4060
email available through website


Volunteering Victoria

Established for over 20 years, Volunteering Victoria represent volunteer organisations from across the state including Commonwealth and State government departments, local governments and large state peak organisations. Like Go Volunteer, Volunteering Victoria covers a broad range of fields, including Arts/Cultural/Heritage, Community Services/Health, Conservation/Environment, Emergency Services/Safety, Human Rights/Social Justice, and Sport/Recreation.

Volunteering Victoria provides useful information about volunteer rights. Finding out about the actual positions available involves making an appointment with an Information Officer or locating you’re closest Volunteer Resource Centre by calling 9642 5266. Trained volunteer information officers assist potential volunteers to access information, clarify areas of interest and discuss volunteer opportunities in Melbourne and rural areas.

2/491 King St West Melbourne VIC 3003
03 8327 8500



When you join WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) Australia you work in exchange for your keep, get full board and accommodation (usually in the family home), learn about organic growing and about Australia, choose from 1,200 Organic Farms offering to teach you aspects of organic growing, bio-dynamics and permaculture. Working in exchange for food and accommodation is the basis of all WWOOFing. Time spent working varies according to the degree of self-sufficiency expected, how busy the host is at the time of your visit and other factors - but it should average out at about a half day's work for a full day's keep. We suggest that 4 to 6 hours a day is fair exchange for a days full board and accommodation. You can WWOOF around the world as well.

2166 Gelantipy Rd W Tree Via Buchan, W Tree, VIC 3885
03 5155 0218
email via website



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