Wildlife conservation, community and environmental volunteer projects and internships worldwide

Conservation Volunteers Australia & New Zealand

1-12 Weeks from

minimum age

  • Experience beautiful natural environments including remote areas
  • Work alongside a team of volunteers from around the world
  • Learn about conservation issues in Australia and New Zealand
  • Gain practical conservation skills training and support

About the Conservation Volunteer Project

We are currently offering three different project types; the main conservation volunteering programme, the travel and conservation destination experiences particularly suited for groups, and conservation study tours ideally suited for student groups. Below you will find further details on each project:

Conservation Volunteering Programme

Conservation volunteers working in AustraliaVolunteer on a range of conservation projects and help to protect, preserve and restore Australian and New Zealand environments.

Volunteers can choose to start from a variety of different starting locations around Australia and New Zealand and normally travel to a different project location every week.

Volunteers work in teams of up to 10 people on projects in urban, regional and remote locations. Team Leaders provide training on-site. Typical Activities include:

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

Please note that for all of our programmes in both Australia and New Zealand, we’re not able to guarantee any particular project activities as they are dependent on seasonal climate conditions as well as the conservation priorities at the specific time & location you have selected. As such, you will likely be spending your time on a few different activities during your stay, but the list above should be viewed as an example of the types of projects volunteers may experience during their programme, but not as a guaranteed list.

Conservation volunteers sitting by lake in AustraliaThis project is a great opportunity for people with a love of the outdoors and an interest in the environment to take part as a volunteer on practical conservation projects. 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.

These conservation volunteering projects are managed in conjunction with project partners that may include regional councils, national parks, museums, land-care groups, conservation departments and other national conservation agencies in Australia & New Zealand.

Available locations include:


  • Melbourne (Victoria)
  • Newcastle (New South Wales)

New Zealand:

  • Auckland (North Island)
  • Christchurch for Punakaiki (South Island)
  • Wellington (North Island)

Travel and Conservation Destination Experience

Conservation volunteers in New ZealandThe travel and conservation destination experience is a minimum 5-day to multi-week conservation experience, offered at iconic locations around Australia and New Zealand. Volunteers will help protect habitats and conserve wildlife in special places such as national parks, World Heritage Areas and other critical sites, while also exploring a variety of natural tourist attractions. This project is ideally suited for groups, or those with a shorter amount of time available who wish to combine conservation work with some exciting tourist activities. This project is currently available for the following experiences/locations;

  • Great Ocean Road in Australia, departing from Melbourne
  • Cassowary Coast in Australia, departing from Cairns
  • Koala Conservation in Australia, departing from Brisbane
  • Subtropical Beaches in Australia, departing from Brisbane
  • Subtropical Rainforest in Australia, departing from Brisbane
  • Outback Conservation in Australia, departing from Brisbane
  • Wet tropics Rainforest in Australia, departing from Cairns
  • Punakaiki in New Zealand, departing from Christchurch

Conservation Study Tours

The conservation study tours are 5-day programmes, tailored for international student groups, and focus on teaching the next generation about the importance of our ecosystems and the impacts of the current global pollution phenomena. Students will have the opportunity to study and participate in ongoing practical conservation activities. This project is currently available in Adelaide and Brisbane (Protecting Threatened Rainforest Species) in Australia and the South island in New Zealand but several new regions are being planned for 2019/20.

Volunteers will also receive:

  • The opportunity to learn about conservation issues in Australia and New Zealand
  • Practical conservation skills training provided as part of each project
  • The chance to make a volunteer contribution, earn references and certificates
  • Team-based experience – living with up to 10 volunteers from around the world
  • Opportunities to visit places tourists don’t normally see, including remote areas
  • Certificate of Appreciation upon completing the programme

“We’ll only ever achieve significant environmental change and care for the environment when people want that to happen. Getting them to pull on their gloves and boots and do something practical is a clear demonstration of their commitment and love for the environment, and we provide a focused and highly effective way for them to make a contribution.” – Quote from Project Manager

Conservation Volunteers Australia & New Zealand

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