Volunteering

Last updated 16 Aug 2018 

Currently, applications to volunteer with Bush Heritage are closed due to an enormous number of applications that we have received recently. Thank you for your patience while we process them. We will reopen the portal on Monday 3rd September.

We have a very active volunteer program with over 700 people currently supporting our work.

Photo by volunteer Jerzy Lipinski.
Photo by volunteer Jerzy Lipinski.
Most of our reserves are very remote but some are within 1 to 3 hours of a major centre. Remote placements require a commitment of at least 1 week and other reserves a full weekend. Day and half-day placements are rare, but our Scottsdale Reserve (40 minutes south of Canberra) offers day placements regularly.

Our head office in the Melbourne CBD offers volunteer roles including data entry, general administration and project work. From time-to-time we offer a limited number of home-based volunteer opportunities.

Register your interest

Supporters on Ethabuka Reserve at dusk. Photo Katrina Blake.
Supporters on Ethabuka Reserve at dusk. Photo Katrina Blake.
Before applying to volunteer with us it's important to ask yourself:

  • Do you have regular email access? (This is a requirement to communicate with us efficiently.)
  • If you’d like to volunteer on our reserves, do you have your own reliable transport (4WD is required for some)?
  • Do you have remote travel experience?
  • Do you have an interest in work such as weed control, fence removal or revegetation?
  • Do you have a good level of physical fitness (required for many reserve-based opportunities)?
  • Are you able to commit to remote volunteer placements (most require a commitment of at least one week)?

If you answered YES to the above, please submit a volunteer application form

If our volunteer program doesn’t quite suit your needs, take a look at some of the opportunities to visit our reserves for day trips, camping or organised tours.

Frequently asked questions

Who can volunteer?

What do volunteers do?

What are the benefits of registering?

Why are opportunities limited?

How are people selected?

Can my children (or my dog) come too?

Can I volunteer in the summer holidays?

Are expenses reimbursed?

Are volunteers insured?

Do I need transport?

Can I buy meals?

What accommodation can I expect?

What are the challenges with remote locations?

Volunteer advisory committee

Members of our Volunteer Advisory Committee

In 2016 we launched a Volunteer Advisory Committee – a team of self-nominated volunteers from across the nation tasked with providing a volunteer voice in the review of systems and processes.

The committee also supports the development of new and inspiring opportunities that further champion our Volunteer Program.

WILDgift cards
2017-18 Annual Report