Our Purpose: We strengthen the health of communities and ecosystems for mutual benefit.
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.
We deliver our purpose through the five campaigns outlined below.
We all like leafy green spaces – it’s hardwired into our DNA. Sadly, many people, especially children, no longer get the chance to connect with nature on a regular basis. Our Greener Cities projects aim to help communities re-establish and reconnect with nature – and through that, with each other – in our cities and towns.
Some of our Greener Cities projects include:
- Creating community gardens at Winchelsea Farmers Market
- Our Hobart nursery, where new migrants come together to get to know each other while nurturing young trees that will be planted in their neighbourhoods
Water is the basis of all life on earth. With more than 85% of Australians living on the edge of our 25,000km coastline, and as a continent where fresh water is scarce and precious, our relationship with water is profound. Not surprisingly, the challenges faced by communities and nature in those places are significant, and they need active stewardship to ensure that they function as best they can. We work with communities, governments and industry partners to provide that stewardship at wetlands and coastal locations across the country.
Some of our Revive projects include:
- Riverbank protection and habitat repair along the Hopkins River Flats from Hexham to Chatsworth
- Invasive weed removal in the internationally significant Cheetham Wetlands
- Remnant protection and revegetation at the Mawson Lakes Vernal Pools
- Improving wetland and coastal ecosystem health around the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Did you know that the home range of a wombat is just under 25ha? Or that Powerful Owls require up to 4,000ha of high-quality habitat per breeding pair? These numbers are large, much larger than we might imagine are needed for some our native wildlife to survive and thrive. Our Green Links projects address this need by extending, reconnecting and recreating large areas of bushland habitat for a range of animals – and for plants too, that need places for their seed to spread and establish.
Some of our Green Links projects include:
- Reconnecting willdife corridors on the Atherton Tablelands for Tree kangaroos.
- Revegetation and rehabilitation of the W James Whyte Island Reserve in Victoria
- Replanting the Warrnambool-Koroit rail trail with a rare woodland plant community to defragment remnant vegetation
Sadly, Australia holds the unenviable record for the largest number of mammal and bird extinctions in the world, with other wildlife and many native plants still facing significant pressures from a range of threats. We work with Recovery Teams to provide community-based solutions to the challenges faced by native plants and animals across Australia.
Some of our Wild Futures projects include:
- Habitat protection for the critically endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot
- Predator reduction for the endangered Spotted Tree Frog
- Food and shelter tree re-establishment for NSW and Queensland Koalas.
- Removal and replacement of toxic climbing vines to protect the Richmond Birdwing butterfly.
Education is a cornerstone of our approach to helping communities care for the environment. We run hundreds of schools incursions each year and develop curriculum on subjects ranging from biodiversity to wetland care to climate adaptation.
We also equip older learners with the tools to care in a very practical sense: through our own Registered Training Organisation, we provide accredited training in conservation skills and knowledge and community capacity building, helping people and organisations to be stronger in individual capacity and collectively in communities.