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:
- Zoom into the location you're interested in. Each dot represents a group.
- 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).
- Connect with the group through their website or social media platforms and let them know you’re keen to participate.
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.
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 represents thousands of people across Victoria, working together to increase biodiversity and promote the sustainable management of land.
Coastcare Victoria proudly supports hundreds of community volunteer groups working to protect and enhance Victoria's 2000 kilometres of coastline.
Waterwatch Victoria is a successful community engagement program connecting local communities with river health and sustainable water issues and management since 1993.
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.
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 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.
Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants - closes 13 October
The Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program provides funding to support Victoria’s wildlife rehabilitators.
The program aims to help wildlife rehabilitators to:
- increase their knowledge and skills in the care of wildlife
- improve their facilities to treat, house and rehabilitate wildlife for release
- enhance the standard of care provided for native species
For more information and to apply, please visit Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants
Engage! for youth-led events and programs - closes 29 October
Engage! offers grants between $135,000 – $180,000 over three years for community organisations and local governments to deliver a range activities and projects that meet the individual goals and aspirations for young Victorians. Activities may include leading a project, building life skills, connecting with peers, or showcasing young people’s skills and talents within the local community.
The guidelines and more information is available here: www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/get-involved/youth-programs-and-events/engage
FReeZA for youth-friendly events - closes 29 October
FReeZA offers three-year funding for community organisations and local governments to deliver safe, youth-friendly live events. FReeZA is based on a strong youth participation model where young people lead the planning, development and delivery of music, cultural and recreational events in their local community.
The guidelines and more information is available here: www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/get-involved/youth-programs-and-events/freeza
Youth Volunteering for Nature Fund - closes 4 November
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)
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: 13/10/21