Long Gully Bush, New Zealand

What We Do

Our Vision: Inspiring change by connecting people with nature.

Conservation Volunteers makes it easy for people to care for nature by volunteering on one of our many conservation projects across the country.  Volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and no prior skills or experience are required, and volunteer projects are available to suit your availability and particular interests.

Together we can make a positive difference to conservation of nature upon which all life depends and is interconnected. 

Conservation Volunteers projects are managed in conjunction with project partners that includes regional councils, national parks, museums, landcare groups, conservation departments and other national conservation agencies.

Our Conservation Goal: To increase resilience through the protection, maintenance and restoration of the environment – landscapes, habitats, species and heritage.

We deliver this conservation goal through the five conservation programs outlined below.

Conserving Australia’s Threatened Species

We support the recovery of threatened species by providing practical on-ground action to conserve Australia’s  unique plants and animals in line with approved recovery plans. We focus on a range of species and threatening processes across Australia and working with recovery teams and other experts, we assemble new resources and eager volunteers to create a wilder future for our unique plants and animals.

Conserving Australia’s special places

We conserve, restore rehabilitate and manage land including land owned by Conservation Volunteers or land owned by the community including parks and reserves.  We use a range of conservation tools and the power of volunteers to improve ecosystem function to supports other land managers and provides access for people to enjoy and appreciate nature.

Community Conservation: Caring for nature together

This program focuses on Coasts, Wetlands and Catchments the places people love and that are important reservoirs for nature.

We protect and enhance nature in places where people need it most: close to home, coasts, waterways, urban places and community spaces.  All places can use a helping hand, and we help communities take control of their own patches of nature.

Remembering and conserving our heritage for a better future

We celebrate indigenous and non-indigenous heritage by providing assistance to communities who wish to preserve, strengthen or conserve various aspects of important traditions and places.

It is a legacy from our past and forms an integral part of life today in the form of the stories and places that make up our national identity. Heritage projects include, conservation of natural and built sites and places of cultural significant including the stories and shared experiences, which must be preserved for current and future generations.

Disaster Recovery: Building resilient communities

The disaster recovery program supports communities with rapid response teams of volunteers, providing essential assistance in the days and weeks following major disasters and extreme weather events. Fires, floods, earthquakes, cyclones, oil spills, and marine mammal strandings – all require compassionate yet practical responses, and our recovery program provides exactly that.