Conservation Volunteering

Conservation Volunteering, Australia

Join a team of international volunteers in hands-on conservation projects that protect, preserve and restore the distinct and varied ecosystems of Australia.

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Overview

Twin Work & Volunteer has been sending volunteers to Australia for a number of years – it’s one of the world’s most popular destinations, especially for lovers of wildlife and spectacular landscapes. This programme encompasses a range of conservation projects, that can include planting a new forest in a week, creating wildlife habitats for an endangered species, building boardwalks, or removing invasive species to restore the natural balance to an area.

You will be managed by professional team leaders who are qualified to ensure your safety and welfare whilst volunteering in Australia. Your daily tasks will involve travelling in groups of 6 - 10 to complete conservation projects in urban, regional and remote areas.

  • Volunteers are able to choose from a selection of starting locations around Australia, and each week they’ll be assigned to a range of different conservation projects such as tree planting, track building, flora and fauna surveys, weed control and heritage restoration projects. Please scroll down to the 'Location' section to find out more about each of the project destinations available in Australia.

Project details

  • What's included?
  • Dates & duration
  • Eligibility
  • Location
  • Project life
  • Accommodation
  • Flights & Visas
  • Insurance

What's included?

  • Pre-departure information and advice
  • In-country assistance and support
  • 24-hour emergency contacts
  • In-country induction or training
  • Transportation: transport from the accommodation to the project and back
  • Accommodation: volunteer house, hostel/lodge or on-project residence
  • Food: included, but self-catered.

What's NOT included?

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Sightseeing activities
  • Monthly stipend
  • Transportation: airport drop-off and collection

Dates and duration

  • Your volunteering project will begin on a Friday at 11am.
  • Choose the duration of your programme up to the maximum that your tourist visa will allow (normally 3 - 6 months).
  • The programme finishes around 4pm on a Friday.
  • You should book your return flight home on the next day (Saturday).

As you will be assigned to projects on arrival, we recommend that you choose a starting location based on your preferred climate and any travel plans you have before or after volunteering. 

Australia's seasons are:

Summer: December to February
Autumn: March to May
Winter: June to August
Spring: September to November

Eligibility

  • Open to volunteers aged 18 to 70, with the majority of volunteers being aged 18 - 35.
  • There are no specific skills required to join the programme, just a willingness to get your hands dirty and to contribute to the experience within your team.
  • Suitable for people who enjoy outdoor activities, and have a reasonable level of fitness.
  • Your team leader will provide full training on-site to give you any specific skills you need (such as species identification, or construction skills).
  • All briefings, safety and project instructions are given in English.

Location

Project life

  • Your volunteering project will begin on the Friday at 11am.
  • Choose the duration of your programme up to the maximum that your tourist visa will allow (normally 3 - 6 months).
  • The programme finishes around 4pm on a Friday.
  • You should book your return flight home on the next day (Saturday).

As you will be assigned to projects on arrival, we recommend that you choose a starting location based on your preferred climate and any travel plans you have before or after volunteering.

This programme enables volunteers to protect, preserve and restore the Australian environment. The types of projects you'll work in will depend on the location, the season and the conservation priorities.

Following your arrival at your chosen centre, you'll be introduced to your Team Leader, and assigned a team of approximately six to ten volunteers. The Leader will provide all training required on-site and will explain the conservation aims of the projects.

  • Projects normally run five days a week, with one or two days free for relaxing or sightseeing (see *Free Time* tab). Working hours are from 8am - 4pm daily, although this varies on some projects when required by seasonal conditions or project activities.

This is a great way to see Australia, as the team travels to a different project location every week or two. You will be able to incorporate as much variety into your chosen programmes as possible, whilst achieving the essential conservation outcomes.

Australian Conservation Volunteer projects are managed in conjunction with project partners that may include regional councils, national parks, museums, landcare groups, conservation departments and other national conservation agencies

All of the projects can be broadly categorised into the following key focus areas: Flora & Fauna, Landcare, Parks & Reserves, Coasts & Waterways, Healthy Communities, Heritage, Disaster Relief.

While you’ll be taking part on conservation projects from Monday to Friday (although project days may vary), weekends are generally free time for you to relax and sightsee in the local area.

Whether your weekend is spent in a capital city, or a regional area, local staff will be able to advise you on how to make the most of your time. You might choose to spend time with other volunteer friends, or strike out on your own to do something you’ve always wanted.

Things that everyone should try in Australia if they have a chance include:

  • A great wild experience - this could include watching thousands of fairy penguins come ashore on Phillip Island (Victoria), a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, a bushwalk through ancient rainforests in Tasmania’s World Heritage area, or any number of great outdoor experiences.
  • Learn to surf! There are plenty of surf schools, selling lessons lasting from a couple of hours to a day. With 50,000 kilometres of coastline, and over 10,000 beaches, you’re sure to find the perfect spot – just remember to check on beach safety rules before you swim.
  • A day at the cricket – with major venues in all the capital cities, cricket is an integral part of Australia’s lifestyle. Played at all levels, from the backyard to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), cricket is a national obsession. Can’t get to a match? Watch it on the television instead!
  • Try a cultural tour – most major cities have companies offering aboriginal tours, as well as in the more obvious outback locations for rock art and bush tucker.
  • Arts and culture are part of the fabric of Australia. Check out some of the major cultural festivals, or enjoy a visit to one of the capital city galleries or the thriving regional galleries around the country – many offer free entry.
  • There is a thriving music scene in Australia – ask local staff for suggestions. You can find everything from pub rock, jazz and blues to hip-hop, indigenous music or classical.
  • Enjoy Christmas at the beach! December 25th falls nicely into Australia’s summer time – as well as the beach, many people enjoy camping trips or just relaxing at home.

Accommodation and Food

All accommodation and meals are included during the programme; three meals a day, seven days a week.

  • Accommodation: This varies according to the project and location, and volunteers enjoy the chance to travel to a range of locations as part of this programme. Typical accommodation can include caravans, hostels, shearers' quarters, bunkhouses, and camping (tents will be supplied). Volunteers should bring a sleeping mat as well as a sleeping bag, and be prepared to share a room. 
     
  • Food: All meals are included. For breakfast, the project supplies cereals, bread or toast, tea and coffee. Lunch is normally a self-made sandwich and fruit; in the evening you'll be able to enjoy a meal prepared by the group, typically something like pasta, a roast or a vegetarian option.

Be prepared to help with the preparation of meals and cleaning up of dishes, plus some domestic duties as required. The project can cater for vegetarians but if you have very specific dietary requirements (food allergies, for example), you may need to provide your own food.

Flights, Transportation & Visas

  • Please note that you only require a tourist visa to participate, though a Working Holiday Visa is fine too. To apply for your visa, please see www.immi.gov.au.
  • All transport during the project is included. The team travels together in a minibus or four-wheel drive vehicle driven by the team leader.
  • DEPARTURE: Your entire volunteering programme finishes around 4pm on a Friday, so book your return flight home for the next day (Saturday).

 

CIBT Visa advice...

For expert visa advice we advise our volunteer, work placement, and internship participants to get in touch with CIBT - a company that we work in partnership with. Our UK, Canadian, and US travellers can use CIBT for visa advice and to get their visa applications processed - with visas returned within a week.


Canadian citizens should state account number: 57497
US citizens should state account number: 57496

Safety & Insurance

  • All of Twin Work & Volunteer's placements are in partnership with recognised and established local organisations, run by or employing local people. These organisations, depending on the nature of what they do, might be small-scale NGOs, family projects, schools or orphanages, or local initiatives with environmental or social goals.
  • We often use local businesses to provide logistical and support services to volunteers such as transfers, pick-ups, accommodation and so on. In this way, we support the local economy through helping independent local businesses to thrive. We take our partnerships very seriously and work extremely closely with all our partners.
  • We provide 24-hour emergency support from the UK and our partners provide support locally.
  • We have an agreement with the crisis management service Tranquillico, should the very worst situations arise.
  • If any wider safety concerns arise in the destination, such as civil disturbances or natural disasters, we seek advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and implement their recommendations where appropriate.

 

Insurance options...

Comprehensive insurance is available for all programmes. You have no obligation to take up insurance with any of these companies, but insurance of a suitable sort is mandatory on all our programmes.


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The conservation volunteer projects take place in different locations across Australia. Volunteers will be able to spend their time away from major cities and see parts of Australia that are often well off the main tourist tracks. 

The following 7 locations are the starting points for the projects, however volunteers will also travel to other regional areas of Australia to carry help out their conservation projects. Volunteers can choose from the following 7 starting locations:

New South Wales/ACT

  • Work in over 600 Parks and Reserves
  • Restore beaches, historic towns & outback areas
  • Work in The Blue Mountains National Park » Re-plant native plant species on Nobbys Beach
  • Improve the biodiversity around the Nattai National Park
  • Help on a number of walking track and trail projects

The Northern Territory

  • Help scientists and indigenous rangers to bait and monitor the invasive ant species in Nhulunbuy, East Arnhem Land.
  • Work on marine debris surveys in Talc Head (a remote tropical paradise) – help survey and remove debris from beaches. Protect local sea turtle nesting areas.
  • Assist with track clearing to the historic headland » Help protect Uluru (Ayers Rock) - the World Heritage Area through invasive weed removal at the Mutitjulu Waterhole.

Queensland

  • Help establish a second population of wombats at St George in south east Queensland.
  • Protect the new wombat population from dingoes and foxes.
  • Help remove invasive weeds in Fraser Island (World Heritage-listed).
  • Help upgrade walking tracks and trails in National Park areas.
  • Help assess the state of local koala populations and their habitats in Springsure Koala Reserve.
  • Help with mass tree planting in the semi-tropical environment of the Stuart Creek floodplains.

South Australia

  • Help the endangered pygmy bluetongue lizard populations.
  • Work in Brookfield Conservation Park - habitat for the hairy-nosed wombat, fattailed dunnart and red kangaroo – gather data, remove invasive plants, and collect seeds for revegetation projects.
  • Assist with the environmental program at Aroona Dam Sanctuary - locate and remove the invasive Tobacco Bush weed.
  • Work on a range of urban, semi-urban, and beach activities around Adelaide.

Tasmania

  • Vegetation surveys, track building, maintenance projects and beach clean ups in Musselroe Bay & Tomahawk.
  • Help build an extensive walking track in the bushland of 'Cascade', South Hobart
  • Maintenance of a wetland area and creek restoration in the coastal region of Nawrantapu National Park.
  • Work in the bushlands and rehabilitate habitats for native birds and wildlife, as well as endangered plants in Launceston.
  • Tree planting and track construction projects across Tasmania.

Victoria 

  • Work at the Melbourne Wildlife Sanctuary Habitat Enhancement Programme - re-introducing native mammals
  • Kangaroo spotting
  • Help a long-term project of restoring degraded land and turn it into a haven for wildlife.
  • Help track building and maintenance on the Great Ocean Walk
  • Protect and enhance biodiversity at the Grampians National Park
  • Help with bushfire recovery projects

Western Australia

  • Help with a variety of conservation activities including, erosion control and dune restoration, removal of barriers to encourage wildlife movement and maintenance of the wildlife breeding pens at the Peron Captive Breeding Centre.
  • Assist rangers at Swan Estuary Marine Park - providing shelter, breeding and feeding grounds to local and migratory birds
  • Help enhance biodiversity at Centenary Park - wetland planting helps stabilise the banks of the lake, improve water quality, create habitat for water birds and increase biodiversity in the wetlands.
  • Work on turtle projects - tracking and monitoring turtles

Once you have commenced volunteering you’ll be free to travel on independently around Australia or return home.

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