Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Conservation Volunteers?

Conservation Volunteers is Australasia’s leading practical conservation organisation and strives to strengthen the health of our communities and our ecosystems for mutually beneficial outcomes.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone with a love of the outdoors and interest in the environment. You don’t need any prior skills or experience.

To volunteer on a daily project, you need to be aged between 7 and 70 (but you need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian if you are under the age of 15). To volunteer on an overnight project, you need to be aged between 17 and 70 (or over 18 if you are an international visitor to Australia).

We have volunteer opportunities to suit your availability and interest. You can volunteer on:

  • A daily basis and help the environment in your local area.
  • The weekend and enjoy the outdoors.
  • A unique holiday and visit some fantastic locations on a Destination Conservation Experience.
  • Our Conservation Study Tours as part of a school or student group
  • Our Employee Volunteering program with your colleagues.

Where can I volunteer?

We offer opportunities in each of Australia’s states and territories.  Learn more about some of the types of projects we offer in each state and territory:

What will I be doing?

When you participate in one of our conservation projects, you are placed in teams of up to 10 volunteers on projects in urban, regional and remote locations. Team Leaders provide training on-site.

Activities include:

  • Tree planting
  • Weed control
  • Walking trail construction
  • Wildlife surveys
  • Seed collection
  • Conservation fencing
  • Heritage restoration

Is it difficult?

You should be in good health and be reasonably fit, and prepared to take part to the best of your ability. We ask all prospective volunteers to declare any medical conditions, allergies, disabilities or existing injuries that may affect participation. Our staff will discuss these with you in a confidential manner.

Our projects are practical, hands-on and take place in both urban and rural areas. Be prepared to participate in all weather conditions. You’ll need to bring appropriate clothing for the weather.

You are provided with training on the project and safety instructions.

Can I volunteer for just a day or a weekend?

Yes! You can volunteer as much or as little as you want. Just search for single day, weekend or multi-day projects.

Do I need any special skills?

You will be shown how to use all tools and equipment safely before you start the project by one of our experienced Team Leaders. All essential safety equipment will be provided, and you will be shown how to use it.

Who are the other volunteers?

As a Conservation Volunteer, you are part of a team of 6 to 9 volunteers, helping to conserve a part of Australia or New Zealand’s unique habitat. As well as making a real difference to the environment, volunteering is a great way to make friends. The other volunteers on your team might be travellers, students, or locals who have lived in the area for years.

Who are the Conservation Volunteers Team Leaders?

Our experienced and enthusiastic Team Leaders come from a range of backgrounds.  They are all qualified in Work Health and Safety (WHS), First Aid and defensive driving, and are also knowledgeable about the practical conservation projects we operate. But above all, they want you to enjoy your experience as you help the environment.

How do I get to the project?

For each project there is a central meeting and drop-off point. We will pick you up from the meeting point and travel together to the project site to minimise vehicle usage, returning to drop you off at the same place at the end of the day/project.

What do I need to wear?

To ensure your safety on our projects, please wear a comfortable long sleeve shirt and trousers. We recommend you wear old work clothes. We also recommend strong safety work boots with protective toe caps. Covered shoes are essential.

A daily backpack containing a wide brimmed sun hat wet weather clothing, sunscreen (SPF 50+) gardening gloves and a water bottle will be necessary.

Do I need to bring food?

If you are joining one of our free daily projects, bring a personal drink bottle, pack your lunch and a snack for morning and afternoon tea.

If you are joining one of our overnight or longer projects, pack your lunch only for the first day, other meals will be provided. Teams on away projects do help with meal preparations and cooking, washing and cleaning up.

Don’t worry if you’re not a great cook as everyone can do something to help, even if it’s just chopping vegetables. Fresh produce, meat and vegetables are used as often as possible although this cannot be guaranteed every day, particularly on remote projects far from shops, so please make allowances.

Special diets, such as vegetarian, vegan or food allergies can be catered for – please remember to let us know when you book.

On an overnight project what sort of accommodation can I expect?

Accommodation will vary due to the wide variation in the nature of projects and locations.
Typical accommodation can include caravans, hostels, shearer’s quarters, bunkhouses or camping (we supply tents).

You may need to bring a sleeping mat as well as your sleeping bag.

What do I need to bring on an overnight project?

Travel as lightly as possible. Additional optional items you should consider include towel and toiletries. Luggage is strictly restricted to a maximum of 15kgs.

English is not my first language!

English is used as the common language. We will explain any technical words or instructions you are unlikely to know, but our staff are not necessarily fluent in other languages.

How much does it cost?

Daily projects are FREE!

Overnight or longer projects which include accommodation and meals do incur a small cost to cover these – Concessions are available for students, job seekers and pensioners – please ask our friendly staff!

It’s easy to get involved!

Any questions? Email us now or give us a ring on Freecall 1800 032 501.