Volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others without being motivated by financial or material gain. Volunteering generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life. People also volunteer to gain skills without requiring an employer’s financial investment. Wikipedia

Working with Volunteers: How to Attract, Involve and Retain Volunteers
The person who finds and coordinates volunteers is sometimes a volunteer him/herself, or might be paid staff. In either case, it can be a challenging role. Volunteers tend to come and go more quickly than paid staff – and each has their own goals, skills, schedule, and expectations. But volunteer coordination can also be very satisfying, both in terms of the good work that is accomplished, and the positive experiences volunteers have with your organization.

The following organizations offer ongoing volunteer opportunities in ecological restoration, habitat conservation, and related fields of work. To post your volunteer opportunity, please email us at info@ser.org. For upcoming volunteer events, please visit our Calendar of Events page.

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American Conservation Experience is a volunteer program for both international and American participants who want to make a difference in their world while advancing ecological awareness on a global scale.

Earth Corps is a non-profit organization dedicated to building global community through local environmental restoration service. It provides one-year intensive programs for young adults to learn best practices in conservation techniques and develop skills in leading volunteers.

Earth Island Institute serves as an incubator for start-up environmental groups, many of which depend on volunteers to advance their goals and hosts a directory of Earth Island-sponsored projects.

Global Vision International (GVI) offers volunteers the opportunity to make a genuine difference through its volunteer projects while having an amazing hands-on experience in over forty countries worldwide.

Global Volunteer Network offers volunteer opportunities abroad in 25 community projects throughout the world.

Green Volunteers is a guide listing hundreds of conservation and wildlife projects throughout the world where little or no experience is required.

Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a better world.

International Student Volunteers (ISV) program combines conservation, recreation, education and community development into the experience of a lifetime. ISV volunteers have already contributed over one million hours of global volunteer work.

One World 365 operates a popular range of websites for people seeking a work, volunteer and travel experience. They provide details of companies and organisations offering work, volunteer and travel opportunities.

Projects Abroad organizes conservation & environment volunteers to work across the globe on a huge variety of different projects – from the National Parks of South Africa to the beaches of Mexico and Costa Rica; from the coral reefs of Thailand to the rainforests of Peru.

Roots & Shoots connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world, identify problems in their communities, and take action. Through service projects, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe.

UN Volunteer’s activities support achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and reducing human poverty; fostering democratic governance; promoting energy and environmental policies; and strengthening resources to prevent and respond to crises.

UNESCO World Heritage Conservation offers innumerable opportunities for volunteers to focus their efforts on helping environmental watchdogs, nature conservationists or architectural restorers at sites inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Volunteering 18-30 is a UK-based organization specializing in community service projects in the areas of rural development, community health and education, and environmental projects.

Volunteers for International Partnerships offers volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups to do international community service in health, social services, environment and education.

WiserEarth helps the global movement of people and organizations working toward social justice, indigenous rights, and environmental stewardship connect, collaborate, share knowledge, and build alliances.

WorkingAbroad (formerly known as VWIS ‘Voluntary Work Information Service’) is an international networking service for volunteers and travellers on volunteer projects in over 150 countries worldwide.

USA – National

All for Good is a web service inspired by the call of President Obama to engage more Americans in service. A group of individuals from the technology, marketing and public sectors came together to build this open source application that allows you to find and share volunteer activities based on your location or interests.

Alliance for Community Trees support grassroots, citizen-based efforts to improve the urban environment through tree planting, care, conservation, and education. Volunteers have been an integral part of the project, as they provide labor and follow-up maintenance. 

American Littoral Society fosters community-based habitat restoration projects engaging community members in activities to restore viable, productive ecosystems that are important to coastal health. This can include planting beach grass, clearing marine debris from a salt marsh; replacing grass lawns with native plant communities; monitoring shellfish in aquaculture tanks; or bagging shell as part of an oyster reef restoration project.

National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a network of 27 coastal reserves protected for purposes of research, education and stewardship. This network provides abundant opportunities for volunteers interested in protecting coastal resources for future generations.

National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks donated 5.2 million hours to US national parks at a value of $91.2 million to help preserve and protect America’s natural and cultural heritage for the enjoyment of this and future generations. Volunteers of all ages give of their time and expertise to help achieve the National Park Service mission.

Network for Good strives to connect those who feel inspired to help someone or something with the organizations that need them. They work to make it simple and affordable for all nonprofits, of any size, to recruit donors and volunteers via the Internet.

Nicodemus Wilderness Project coordinates volunteer events worldwide that utilize the resources of the community to provide long-term environmental benefits for natural areas and accomplish the goal of restoring the natural landscape.

Restore America’s Estuaries offers a listing of volunteer opportunities for restoring coastal and estuarine environments throughout the United States.

River Network is leading a nationwide movement to preserve and restore clean and healthy waters. Comprised by thousands of organizations, the Network offers a volunteer directory with links to groups seeking assistance. 

Sierra Club sponsors service trip participants who team up with forest service rangers or park service personnel to restore wilderness areas, maintain trails, clean up trash and campsites, and remove non-native plants.

Student Conservation Association hosts month-long summer projects, where up to eight high school students from around the country are paired with experienced SCA crew leaders to build trails and restore habitat in national parks and on other public lands.

Taproot Foundation makes grants of high-quality, professional consulting services, called Service Grants, that provide high-potential nonprofit organizations with the tools and services necessary to maximize the impact of their critical work in the community.

VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement.

Volunteer.gov is a first-of-its-kind service that provides applicants with all that they need to find a volunteer opportunity, and serves to help them make the best match possible between their personal requirements and their choice of volunteer work throughout America’s vast land base and expansive resources.

USA – Northwest

Boulder County Parks’ mission is to conserve natural, cultural, and agricultural resources and provide public uses that reflect sound resource management and community values.

Citizens for a Healthy Bay started as a small group of volunteers representing the people of Tacoma, Washington in the cleanup and restoration of Commencement Bay. It continues to rely on volunteers to help advance its mission of cleaning up, protecting and restoring the bay.

Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS) is a non-profit organization working with Puget Sound neighborhoods towards building an environmentally responsible community. The Coalition has volunteer opportunities to help with habitat restoration along the Duwamish River.

Friends of the Hylebos has been working with volunteers and the community to protect and restore streams, wetlands, forests and open space in the Hylebos watershed of King County, Washington since 1983.

Green Kirkland Partnership is an alliance between the City of Kirkland, Washington and the Cascade Land Conservancy to restore natural areas in the City by removing invasive plants in city parks and planting native species. This project depends on the help of volunteers and periodically organizes community work days.

Green Seattle Partnership is a unique public/private partnership between the City of Seattle and the Cascade Land Conservancy. With the help of volunteers, the partnership is developing a 20-year plan to combat invasives and restore the city’s forested areas to health.

Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center is an advocate for the forests, wildlife and waters of the Rogue and Klamath Basins. It works to protect and restore the extraordinary biological diversity of the Klamath-Siskiyou region of southwest Oregon and northwest California.

Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley Invasive Weed Project in King County, Washington gives volunteers the opportunity to help conduct surveys for invasive plants as part of a larger management program. Hikers and plant enthusiasts are encourage to become involved.

Mountains to Sound Greenway to keep an accessible landscape of forests, wildlife habitat and open spaces as breathing room for people, and a place of incomparable beauty, history and outdoor recreation for their children and grandchildren.

Nature Consortium is a grassroots, community-based organization whose mission is to teach environmental lessons through the creative arts and hands-on conservation projects including an Urban Forest Restoration Project.

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) is a community–based nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring sustainable wild salmon runs in Whatcom County. NSEA provides a wide range of volunteer and internship opportunities.

People for Puget Sound is a citizens’ group established to protect and restore the health of our land and waters through education and action. Their members, partners and volunteers are located throughout the Puget Sound basin.

Puget Sound Restoration Fund is a Washington-based nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to restoring marine habitat, water quality and native species in Puget Sound. Volunteer opportunities are available for a number of different projects.

Restoration Ecology Network (UW-REN), at the University of Washington, is a tri-campus program, serving as a regional center to integrate student, faculty and community interests in ecological restoration and conservation. This site includes a listing of local volunteer opportunities.

River Menders
is a hands-on, volunteer-driven habitat restoration project that benefits Idaho’s salmon and steelhead. Frequent volunteer opportunities are posted to the project website.

Urban Wilderness Project works to restore and encourage positive communities by providing culturally and environmentally based service-learning projects for youth and adult participants. Volunteer opportunities and internships are available now in four main program areas.

Wood River Land Trust protects and restores land, water, and wildlife habitat in the Wood River Valley of Idaho and its surrounding areas. Volunteers are a crucial component of the Trust’s work, as they help care for the land and water resources, plan and implement community events, and conduct office work and field work.

USA – California

Back to Natives Restoration is dedicated to the restoration and conservation of Orange County and California wildlands, through education and restoration programs featuring native plants as a centralizing theme. Occasionally Back to Natives needs volunteers to assist with habitat restoration projects (removing non-native plants, and planting native plants).

Big Sur Land Trust works with private and public partners to conserve the significant lands and waters of Monterey County. To date, more than 30,000 acres of shoreline, wildlife habitat, streams, forests, grasslands, rangelands and riparian corridors have been conserved.

California Coastal Commission publishes a directory of volunteer opportunities and internship possibilities in California that address, marine, coastal and watershed issues.

Catalina Island Conservancy, a private nonprofit conservation organization, is dedicated to the preservation of Santa Catalina Island. Volunteers are a critical component of the Conservancy’s mission.

Center for Habitat Restoration provides opportunities for students and volunteers to participate in habitat restoration initiatives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Participants extend and supplement their own environmental education while exploring career opportunities in ecological sciences.

Channel Islands Restoration restores habitat in sensitive and unique natural areas on the California Channel Islands and adjacent mainland. They recruit volunteers and help educate a variety of groups about the value of native habitat and how to protect it.

Friends of the Dunes (FOD) is a non-profit based in Humboldt County, California that has been involving the community in the conservation of coastal environments since 1982. Ecosystem restoration has been a fundamental component of FOD’s work, and volunteers are continually sought to join the Dune Ecosystem Restoration Team (DERT).

Mattole Restoration Council is dedicated to the restoration of natural systems in the Mattole River watershed and their maintenance at sustainable levels of health and productivity, especially in regards to forests, fisheries, soils, and other native plant and animal communities. Volunteers are sought throughout the year to help with these efforts.

Mountains Restoration Trust (MRT) is a non-profit land trust dedicated to preserving natural land in the Santa Monica Mountains through restoration, education and land acquisition. It seeks volunteers to help in a variety of capacities.

National Audubon Society’s Starr Ranch Sanctuary in southeastern Orange County, California is expanding its programs in research, public education, and environmental activism. It seeks volunteers to help with public education programs, weed control, bird banding, and stream bioassesments.

Nature in the City is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration & stewardship of San Francisco’s natural heritage. It plays a critical role in securing the city’s wildlands for future generations and restoring healthy relationships between people and their natural surroundings.

One Brick, headquartered in San Francisco, provides support to local non-profit and community organizations by creating a unique, social and flexible volunteer environment for those interested in making a concrete difference in the community.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 by a group of concerned area residents to preserve undeveloped land in perpetuity as open space for historical, educational, ecological, recreational and scenic purposes. PVPLC hosts volunteer events every Saturday at various preserves around the peninsula.

Rein Community Service volunteers take part in enhancing the biological functions of a salt marsh, restoring native plant-life, reducing weeds and shrubs that encroach upon native plant species, maintaining a local greenhouse, and beautifying local county beaches.

Santa Barbara Audubon Society has volunteer opportunities in a number of different project areas, including several restoration sites.

Save the Bay is the oldest and largest organization working exclusively to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay. Save The Bay educates nearly 10,000 students and adults on the Bay each year and engages volunteers to improve vital wetlands and subtidal habitats.

Scout Island is actively involved in the restoration of the San Joaquin River riparian environment. Projects include restoring a sycamore/oak woodland, creating a native basketry area, planting a native grassland, building a native plant nursery and removing invasive plants.

Urban Creeks Council works with regional and local watershed and conservation organizations, neighborhood groups, environmental restoration professionals, ecologists, government agencies to preserve, protect, and restore urban streams and their riparian habitats.

Volunteer Center operates with the mission of linking people who care with people in need. The Center strategically collaborates with organizations to address community needs and increase community involvement in important environmental issues.

WildPlaces is a community-based non-profit organization located in Springville, California that is working to preserve, support, and protect California’s natural and rural places and the people of these landscapes through volunteer-driven habitat restoration, natural and cultural education, and career development.

USA – Southwest

Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Volunteer Program is designed to help department personnel accomplish their duties and provide an opportunity for volunteers to participate in managing Arizona’s wildlife resources.

Arizona Master Naturalist News Web Log was created as a resource for participants in the Arizona Master Watershed Steward Program. It provides news, references and links about a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout northern Arizona.

Arizona Master Watershed Steward program educates and trains citizens across the state of Arizona to serve as volunteers in the protection, restoration, monitoring, and conservation of their water and watersheds.

Burning Man Earth Guardians are committed to working year-round to ensure the conservation of the Black Rock Desert ’s unique resources – biological, cultural, and historical – and have partnered with BLM and other user groups to restore sensitive areas.

Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. Habitat restoration is an important focus of the Institute’s work, and volunteers are continually being sought for field crews.

Prescott Creeks is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection, restoration and celebration of riparian ecosystems in central Arizona by providing people with meaningful interactions with the 8 creeks that flow through the City of Prescott. Volunteers are needed to help in a number of areas.

Sky Island Alliance works with volunteers, scientists, land owners, public officials, and government agencies to establish protected areas, restore healthy landscapes, and promote public appreciation of the unique biological diversity in the Sky Islands region of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.

Tamarisk Coalition provides technical assistance and coordinating support for the restoration of riparian lands. Volunteer projects focus on education, dialogue, and on-the-ground tamarisk and Russian olive control, revegetation, monitoring, and maintenance.

Tucson Audubon Society’s restoration and conservation work focuses on riparian habitat and Sonoran Desert uplands. Volunteers help plant native vegetation, remove invasive species and pick up trash at the sites.

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers is a non-profit organization that provides an opportunity for people to come together, learn about their natural environment, and take direct action to restore and care for the land.

USA – Midwest

Alliance for the Great Lakes develops restoration and conservation initiatives throughout the Great Lakes region of the United States and frequently has openings for volunteers to assist with its campaigns.

Chicago Wilderness Habitat Project depends on the thousands of volunteers that dedicate a small or large portion of their free time to shepherding our most treasured natural areas back to good health.

Citizens for Conservation depends on Chicago volunteers to work on properties that are owned by CFC or other local conservation entities. Volunteers remove weeds, gather seeds of native prairie plants, perform prescribed burns, sow seeds, and clear invasive plants.

Community GroundWorks at Troy Gardens manages 26 acres of open space land in Madison, Wisconsin for community-based food production and natural areas restoration management. Volunteers are needed for a number of gardening and restoration-related activities.

Forest Preserve District of Kane County hosts periodic restoration workdays at its many forest preserves. Volunteers help with various aspects of forest and prairie revegetation.

Great River Greening leads and inspires community-based restoration of natural areas and open spaces in and around the Twin Cities. Since its inception, the organization has mobilized and educated nearly 20,000 volunteers to restore woods, prairies, and other natural resources in their communities.

Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership is a citizen-based catalyst group formed in 1996 with the ultimate goal of returning Huff Run to its original warm water habitat. Volunteers are needed to help with their many programs and events.

Little River Wetlands Project works to protect and preserve natural areas in the Little River watershed in Indiana for the benefit of the community and wildlife. Volunteers are needed for a variety of project-related jobs and activities.

Monday Creek Restoration Project frequently hosts special events or hands-on watershed restoration projects which cannot be successful without volunteers to implement the program and see that it reaches its goals.

Nature Conservancy’s Indiana Chapter is seeking volunteers to help collect seed for the restoration of Houghton Lake in Marshall County. Seed will be collected over the summers of 2009 and 2010 in anticipation of future revegetation efforts.

USA – Texas

Galveston Bay Foundation’s volunteers have generously given their time, talent and expertise to the organization since its founding 20 years ago. Volunteers help with habitat restoration, carry the message of the wonders of the Bay, and serve as committee members to guide GBF in fulfilling its mission.

Texas Master Naturalist Program trains volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. Communities and organizations throughout the state rely on such citizen volunteers for implementing youth education programs; operating parks, nature centers, and natural areas; and providing leadership in local natural resource conservation efforts.

USA – Northeast

American Littoral Society offers volunteers the opportunity to participate in surveys and inventories, work on restoration projects, and volunteer in their education programs on an ongong basis or help with specific events.

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is striving to be the “greenest” parks system in the nation by fostering the environmental restoration of degraded landscapes within its network of parks. Volunteers help remove invasive plant species and in their place, put environmentally appropriate plants to support local wildlife and restore park grounds to a more natural state.

Charles River Watershed Association has a variety of volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. Most volunteer events take place in spring and summer

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the only independent non-profit dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Every year, volunteers donate more than 25,000 hours to CBF programs that advance the Bay’s health.

Earth Sangha is a nonprofit based in the Washington, DC, area and devoted to practical environmental action. Volunteers help run the project’s Wild Plant Nursery, restore degraded forest in local parks, plant native vegetation along stream banks, and develop various native-plant gardens for schools and parks in the DC area.

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is a local all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the preservation and proliferation of healthy wildlife habitats throughout Loudoun County, Virginia. 

Maryland Department of Natural Resources volunteer programs provide many ways for citizens to get involved in environmental restoration projects to help preserve, protect and enhance Maryland’s natural resources.

Maryland Native Plants Society offers opportunities to learn more about a specific habitat and to identify non-native invasive plants that are having a detrimental impact on the native community.

Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) is an effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to protect, restore and enhance wildlife habitat. Volunteers are needed to help with a number of administrative tasks and programs for visitors to the Complex.

NJ/NY Baykeeper is a citizen’s organization that needs support from people living in communities all over the Estuary. Baykeeper has a variety of volunteer programs for people of all interests.

New Hampshire Volunteer Salt Marsh Monitoring Program gives people an opportunity to monitor the physical and biological condition of New Hampshire’s salt marshes on the Seacoast and around Great Bay.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation works to preserve New Jersey’s land and natural resources for the benefit of all. Ongoing volunteer opportunities include restoring native habitat and assisting with research.

New York Restoration Project volunteers play a central role in our mission, from the hundreds of dedicated community gardeners who maintain and enliven our 57 community gardens, to the neighborhood residents and corporate volunteers.

Neponset River Watershed Association seeks volunteers to help with a Purple loosestrife biological control project. This wetland restoration project offers a variety of volunteer positions that provide great hands-on opportunities.

Northern Virginia Conservation Trust offers environmental restoration volunteer opportunities from September through April, including tree plantings, invasive species removals, trash clean-ups, etc. Individual volunteer projects are available on an ongoing basis.

Randall’s Island Sports Foundation utilize thousands of corporate and individual volunteers annually for planting and restoration projects on Randall’s Island.

Riverways Program promotes the restoration and protection of Massachusetts’ watersheds. Local volunteers and community partners are the key to this initiative, and this site provides information about the many opportunities to become involved.

Rhode Island Habitat Restoration volunteers play an integral role in habitat restoration and other general environmental preservation efforts throughout the State of Rhode Island.

Save the Bay has been working since the 1970s to protect and restore Narragansett Bay and its watershed. The project encompasses a number of restoration-related components, and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds have contributed significantly to its implementation.

USA – Southeast

Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program works to preserve and restore Louisiana’s Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine system and depends in large part on the help of volunteers to plant native species, remove invasives, and monitor water quality.

Little Tennessee Watershed Association works to protect and restore the health of the Little Tennessee River and its tributaries upstream of the Fontana Reservoir through monitoring, education, habitat restoration and citizen action.

North Carolina Coastal Federation offers a variety of interesting ways in which you can directly or indirectly help in protecting our coast. Volunteers enable the NCCF to maximize our restoration and protection efforts and keep administrative costs low.

Palm Beach County volunteers participate in “hands-on” environmental projects such as native plantings, clean-ups, exotic plant removal, dune restoration, and nursery maintenance.

Rookery Bay Reserve, on the gulf coast of Florida, represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. The mission of the Reserve is to provide a basis for informed coastal decisions through land management, restoration research and education.

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is dedicated to preserving natural resources and wildlife habitat on and around Sanibel and Captiva islands. It actively conducts research in areas including seagrasses, mangroves, harmful algal blooms, fish populations and shellfish restoration.

South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement Program (SCORE) is a community-based habitat restoration and monitoring program of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. SCORE allows community volunteers to work with scientists to restore and monitor oyster habitat along the South Carolina coast.

Tampa Bay Watch, a nonprofit stewardship program dedicated to the restoration and protection of marine environments in the Tampa Bay estuary, mobilizes volunteers to help with seagrass, salt marsh and oyster bed restoration, along with crab trap removal, coastal cleanup and invasive species elimination.


Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing youth with training and employment in environmental and cultural heritage conservation.

Ecology Action Centre has been working to build a healthier, more sustainable Nova Scotia since 1971. Current areas of focus include: Built Environment, Marine Issues, Coastal Issues, Wilderness, Food, Transportation and Energy Issues. Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of areas and are encouraged to contribute in a way concordant with their own unique skills and interest.

Environment Canada offers a searchable database of volunteer programs.

Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the recovery of Garry oak and associated ecosystems in Canada and the species at risk that inhabit them. Volunteer opportunities are available at several different restoration sites.

Osoyoos Desert Society is a non-profit organization that depends on a dedicated group of volunteers to carry out its work. Volunteers are most needed in the summer, but there are opportunities to help out year round.

PlanetVolunteer.net is a Canada-based website featuring volunteer & participation opportunities in environment, sustainability, conservation and green living.

rare Charitable Research Reserve exists to preserve, intact in perpetuity, a 913-acre land reserve along the Grand and Speed Rivers in Ontario. The reserve employs volunteers to help organize events, conduct gardening activities and perform site maintenance.

Tsolum River Restoration Society was formed in September 1998 to restore the health and productivity of British Columbia’s Tsolum River to historic levels and promote sustainable stewardship in the watershed. The Society conducts projects year-around and is always in need of volunteers.

Wildsight works to maintain biodiversity and healthy human communities in Canada’s Columbia and Rocky Mountains ecoregion. It offers a number of volunteer opportunities.


Borders Forest Trust was established to develop and manage ambitious habitat restoration and community woodland projects in southern Scotland. BFT has a growing number of regular and occasional volunteers who help with activities such as tree planting, weeding and surveying at various times of year in many different locations.

Fundación Global Nature is a Spanish NGO dedicated to the conservation and rehabilitation of threatened habitats and species using innovative conservation practices. Much of the Foundation’s work involves young people, as it offers training programs, field schools, and volunteer opportunities that encourage hands-on experience.

Moor Trees is a Devon-based woodland charity that works across Dartmoor and the South Hams, and in Exeter and Plymouth to create and restore native woodland.

Trees for Life is an award-winning Scottish charity working to restore the Caledonian Forest to 600 square miles of the Highlands west of Inverness.

Volunteering England provides a number of helpful resources for those seeking volunteer opportunities in the UK and abroad.

Wychwood Project aims to enhance the environmental, cultural and historical features of Wychwood landscape in Oxfordshire, England. The project recently acquired funds for a campaign to create more volunteer opportunities for local youth.


Australian Association of Bush Regenerators (AABR) was established to ensure the continuing survival and integrity of bushland and its dependent fauna in or near bushland areas. The AABR website provides information about Bushcare volunteering opportunities.

Community Environment Network (CEN) is a community-based nonprofit organization formed in 1997 as an overarching body to support individuals and groups in Lake Macquarie, Wyong and Gosford that are working for the environment. CEN regularly posts jobs and volunteer opportunities that are available in the Central Coast and Macquarie Lakes regions.

Conservation Council of Western Australia was formed in 1967 by four community conservation groups as an outspoken advocate for environmental protection. The Council participates in government and community processes that seek to restore and protect the natural environment, and there are many opportunities for volunteers to become involved.

Conservation Volunteers Australia is Australia’s leading practical conservation organisation. Since 1982, its mission has been to attract and manage a force of volunteers in practical conservation projects for the betterment of the Australian environment.

Friends of Lane Cove National Park is a community group dedicated to the protection and restoration of the unique ecosystems of Lane Cove National Park in suburban Sydney, Australia. Originally formed from a small group of bush regeneration volunteers, the Friends group continues to coordinate a Bushcare Program that gives volunteers a chance to help with regeneration activities.

Green Corps (Young Australians for the Environment) is an Australian Government youth development and environmental training that provides young people with the opportunity to volunteer their time and effort to conserve, preserve and restore Australia’s natural environment and cultural heritage.

Gondwana Link aims to achieve reconnected country across southwestern Australia in which entire ecosystems, and the fundamental ecological processes that underpin them, are restored and maintained. There are often opportunities to become personally involved in the work of the Gondwana Link groups.

Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia is a 45-hectare restored wetland site near Newcastle that serves as a hub for wetlands conservation, education, tourism and management. The centre was originally established by the Hunter Wetlands Trust Inc., a community conservation group and to this day a large number of volunteers assist in the day to day operations, both indoors and outdoors.

Lake Macquarie Coastal and Wetlands Alliance is a group of residents committed to ensuring the ecological integrity of the coastal region’s terrestrial, wetland and marine environments in southern New South Wales. The Alliance works to increase community awareness of the value of conserving, safeguarding and rehabilitating precious landscapes and seascapes.

Landcare is a uniquely Australian network of more than 4000 locally-based community groups working to protect and repair the environment. These groups—including bushcare and urban landcare, rivercare, coastcare and sustainable agriculture groups—are tackling land degradation in every corner of Australia.

Regent Honeyeater Project has established itself as one of the most active volunteer conservation projects in Australia. It has engaged a whole farming community in the state of Victoria in restoring remnant box-ironbark habitat for the endangered species still living in the district, and has attracted ongoing support from a wide cross section of the community.

Revive Our Wetlands was established as a partnership between Conservation Volunteers Australia and BHP Billiton in 2000 to restore and maintain the health of significant wetlands around Australia. Between 2001 and 2009, Revive Our Wetlands has improved the health of over 160 of Australia’s most important wetlands by attracting and managing thousands of volunteers to undertake practical conservation activities. 

Trees For Life is committed to revegetating South Australia and conserving our natural bushland. It is the largest volunteer revegetation and bushland protection organisation of its type.


Conservation Volunteers New Zealand works with local communities, the business sector and government agencies to bring together additional volunteers to undertake significant conservation projects.

Cultural Embrace partners with New Zealand’s leading environmental volunteer organization to offer exciting conservation projects that enable you to protect, preserve, and restore Auckland’s unique and beautiful environment. 

Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s largest independent conservation organisation, working to preserve its unique natural heritage and native species. Volunteer opportunities include planting, pest control and restoration projects.

Friends of Oakley (Te Auaunga) Creek are working to protect, preserve, enhance and restore the ecological health of Oakley (Te Auaunga) Creek and its environs. As part of this effort, community planting days are held the first Sunday of each month.

Kaipatiki Project and Environment Centre is a community-based organization located on the North Shore, Auckland that provides environmental education and nature restoration services. It relies largely on volunteers to help organize environmental talks, workshops, education programmes and planting days.

Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust is an internationally significant forest restoration project on an extinct volcano in the Waikato basin of New Zealand. Volunteers have been integral to the success of the Maungatautari project, conducting pest monitoring, planting and weeding, building and maintenance, and administration and species monitoring.

New Zealand Trust for Conservation Volunteers aims to increase awareness of environmental issues, encourage a greater sharing of information and knowledge and foster community and overseas environmental volunteerism nationwide.

Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a 230-hectare Nature Reserve that has been freed from mammalian pests and is now home to many species of native wildlife. Ecosanctuary staff and trustees work closely with the Department of Conservation, the University of Otago and members of the community to restore this coastal forest.

Southland Ecological Restoration Network promotes ecological restoration projects in Southland, New Zealand and provides a network for community groups, volunteers and organisations.

Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) is an association of regional volunteer centres and national organisations with a strong commitment to volunteering. Its mission is to create an environment which supports, promotes, values and encourages effective volunteering by the people of Aotearoa.


Asociacion de Rescate y Conservacion de Vida Silvestre (ARCAS) volunteers contribute technical expertise as well as contribute to the financial self-sufficiency of ARCAS’s conservation efforts while themselves gaining valuable work experience and an insight into Guatemalan culture.

Azuero Earth Project is working on the Azuero Penninsula in western Panama to protect fragile species and preserve biodiversity in what is now one of the most sensitive, endangered ecosystems in Central America.

Cloudbridge is a private nature reserve in Costa Rica created to preserve and reforest an important gap in the cloud forest adjoining the Chirripó Pacifico River on the slopes of Mt. Chirripó. Many of the project activities depend upon the help of volunteers.

Guanaja Mangrove Forest Restoration Project on Isla de Guanaja, Honduras is a volunteer-based effort to restore mangrove forests destroyed by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. The ongoing restoration work builds upon work initially done by volunteers from the local community.

Jatun Sacha Foundation offers volunteer opportunities at seven biological stations and reserves around Ecuador that provide field experience in a variety of areas: reforestation, environmental education, community service and development, plant conservation, agroforestry, organic agriculture, sustainable aquaculture, field data collection, and scientific research.

Save the Wild Chinchillas is a conservation organization, aiming to restore essential habitat for endangered Chilean chinchillas while deterring further habitat degradation. We work directly with the local community and focus on creating and enhancing habitat for chinchillas on communal lands by raising native seeds in a modest nursery and transplanting them into restoration areas.

Volunteer Latin America works to help protect Latin America’s biodiversity, and to offer the most cost effective way to become an environmental or humanitarian volunteer in Central or South America.


Gaia trabaja con redes de organizaciones y voluntarios, buscando conservar, preservar y restaurar el ambiente a través de acciones de Limpieza, Educación, Restauración, Custodia y Reciclaje.

Instituto de la Naturaleza y la Sociedad de Oaxaca (INSO), A.C. apoya iniciativas concertadas y autónomas de bienestar social y conservación en el estado de Oaxaca. El INSO trabaja con voluntarios de larga estancia en un estilo flexible, convivial y eficaz para realizar actividades de campo en estrecha relación con las comunidades asociadas.  

Las Cañadas ofrece la oportunidad de apoyar a la Cooperativa Las Cañadas en las áreas de especialidad del voluntario que respondan a nuestras necesidades.

Manos a la Tierra es una alianza de varias organizaciones de la sociedad civil que se han dedicado a reforestar en los últimos 4 años en la zona central de México.

Pronatura Chiapas recibe a voluntarios de diversas partes de México y del mundo, personas que con su experiencia y voluntad hacen posible muchos de nuestros proyectos y que conforman una red de contactos que ayudan a difundir nuestra misión.

Pronatura México está dedicado a la conservación de la flora, la fauna y los ecosistemas prioritarios, promoviendo un desarrollo de la sociedad en armonía con la naturaleza.

Reforestamos México se esfuerza por conservar y recuperar los árboles y los ecosistemas forestales de México, a través de la promoción del manejo forestal sustentable, la cultura ambiental y la participación de todos los sectores de la sociedad en beneficio de las personas y el entorno.


Project Greenhands draws extensively on community involvement and large scale volunteer participation, and aims to plant 114 million trees state-wide – providing an additional 10% to the existing level of green cover in Tamil Nadu, India.


African Impact is Africa’s top on-the-ground facilitator of volunteer work that offers a variety of exciting and rewarding volunteer programs suitable for anyone looking to make a real difference during their gap year travel, career break, leisure travels or working holiday abroad.

Azafady works to alleviate poverty, improve well-being and protect beautiful, unique environments in southeast Madagascar.

RIPPLE Africa, based in Malawi, deals directly with the local communities, and helps people who help themselves. The charity often acts as a catalyst to make things happen.

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