Environmental volunteering opportunities map

We’re making it easy for people interested in environmental volunteering to get involved through local groups.

It’s as simple as:

  1. Zoom into the location you're interested in. Each dot represents a group.
  2. Select the dot to see the following info: Group name, core activities, contact details (Facebook or website).  (Multiple groups may be represented by an individual dot. To access all groups use the arrow keys at the top of the pop-up box).
  3. Connect with the group through their website or social media platforms and let them know you’re keen to participate.

Access a full screen version of the map here

You can filter groups by activity type, local government area (LGA), Catchment Management Area (CMA) or Group name.

Toggle on the filter type you are interested in (button will turn from grey to green), click the arrow on the left to expand the filter, and choose from the dropdown list or start typing.  You can apply multiple filters simultaneously.

Add your group

Getting involved

Land for Wildlife

Land for Wildlife is a voluntary wildlife conservation program. If you wish to create or protect wildlife habitats on your property, then the Land for Wildlife scheme can offer you advice and assistance no matter whether you manage a farm, a bush block, a council park or school ground.

Landcare

Landcare represents thousands of people across Victoria, working together to increase biodiversity and promote the sustainable management of land.

Coastcare

Coastcare Victoria proudly supports hundreds of community volunteer groups working to protect and enhance Victoria's 2000 kilometres of coastline.

Waterwatch

Waterwatch Victoria is a successful community engagement program connecting local communities with river health and sustainable water issues and management since 1993.

EstuaryWatch

EstuaryWatch is a citizen science program for monitoring estuary health.

Gardens for Wildlife

Gardens for Wildlife Victoria is a network of environmental community groups, shires, councils, and volunteers from across Victoria developing or managing community wildlife gardening programs that are co-designed and led by local government-community partnerships.

Parks Victoria

Victoria's parks provide open space, stunning landscapes, habitats to protect flora and fauna and areas to conserve cultural heritage.

Victoria Environment Friends Network

The Victorian Environment Friends Network exists to help represent the common interests of all Friends groups in Victoria.

SWIFFT – State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams

SWIFFT connects people with events, information and others interested in threatened species and biodiversity conservation.

Committees of Management of Crown Land Reserves

Approximately 1200 volunteer committees of management work on behalf of the Minister for Environment and Climate Change to manage 1500 Crown land reserves across Victoria.

Conservation Volunteers Australia

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.

Volunteering Victoria

Volunteering Victoria is the state peak body for volunteering, focusing on advocacy, sector development and the promotion of volunteering.

Australian Citizen Science Association

Australian Citizen Science Association provides information about opportunities to involve public participation and collaboration in scientific research with the aim to increase scientific knowledge. To be involved in citizen science you don’t need a science degree. Citizen scientists work with scientists or the scientific framework to achieve scientific goals.

Volunteering Innovation Fund

The Volunteering Innovation Fund encourages innovation and inspires more Victorians to volunteer for nature. If you are interested in applying for funding or would like to know more, visit the Volunteering Innovation Fund page.

Grants available

Youth Volunteering for Nature Fund - closes at 5:00 pm on 20 December

We are excited to announce that Parks Victoria in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has launched its first-ever Youth Volunteering for Nature Fund, as part of Victoria’s Great Outdoors Program which seeks to get more Victorians, from all walks of life outdoors enjoying nature.

The Youth Volunteering for Nature Fund is looking to empower young people aged 18–29 to create innovative answers to challenges facing Victoria’s environment and increase participation in environmental volunteering by young Victorians.

For more information and to apply, please visit Youth volunteering for nature (parks.vic.gov.au)

Volunteering Innovation Fund

Applications for round 3 are NOW OPEN and close on 10 January 2022 with up to $30,000 in funding available per project

Parks and forests in Victoria are supported by many passionate volunteers. The Volunteering Innovation Fund is building on this incredible work and inviting everyone to enjoy Victoria’s Great Outdoors through volunteering. We are looking for innovators, nature-lovers and community-minded people to support, expand and diversify environmental volunteering.

The Volunteering Innovation Fund will award $2 million in funding over 4 rounds, with the final round closing in 2022.

For more information and to apply, please visit Volunteering Innovation Fund (parks.vic.gov.au)

Volunteering Awards 2021 - closes 14 January 2022

The Volunteering Awards 2021 recognise and celebrate the impact volunteers, volunteer leaders and volunteer programs have in building resilient communities, services and connections across Victoria.  The Volunteering Awards 2021 are a combination of the Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards and the Volunteering Victoria State Awards.

There are seven categories and a highlight of the awards is the Premier’s Volunteer of the Year, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award. The winner will receive a $10,000 prize to donate to a not-for-profit organisation of their choice.

Nominations for the 2021 Volunteering Awards will close on January 14, 2022. Finalists will be announced in February 2022 ahead of the ceremony in March.

For more information about the selection criteria and nominating, go to: www.volunteeringvictoria.org.au

Nature-led Recovery Grants - open

Our Nature-led Recovery Grants are now open.

Funding of up to $5,000 is available for projects to help bushfire-affected communities deliver on-ground action for wildlife and habitats, or nature-based, educational or arts programs that connect the local environmental recovery with its human recovery.

For more information and to apply, visit Environment and biodiversity - bushfire recovery | Victorian Government (www.vic.gov.au)

Page last updated: 03/12/21