Get involved in vital environmental conservation and habitat protection by participating in Environmental Conservation Volunteering in Australia. Founded in 1982, the environment is at the heart of this project’s mission, which is to protect, preserve and restore Australia’s unique, natural beauty. Much of the land is owned by the government and because Australia is so vast, additional manpower is needed in protecting habitats across the country. The organisation is experienced and has knowledgeable staff; in recognition of their expertise in the field of environmental conservation, donors give or gift land for the project to manage. Typical work undertaken by the project includes: preserving habitats and coastlines, planting trees, clearing rivers, restoring pathways and fixing fences.
The work takes place in urban and rural areas, depending on the needs of the project. If you are passionate about the environment and are keen to help to restore and protect natural habitats, join us in Australia and be a part of this amazing conservation project.
Why choose this project?
It is increasingly important for us, as responsible global citizens, to recognise and act upon the challenges, which are facing our natural environment. Although Australia is a developed country, its varied landscapes, from lush rainforests to the desert outback, can prove difficult to manage due to climatic instability and human impacts. The country’s fragile environment is suffering from species and habitat loss, environmental degradation and climate change. People in Australia highly value their natural environment and volunteers play a huge role in tackling environmental challenges by bringing enthusiasm and energy to the toughest of projects and disasters.
Role of the volunteer
On this project, you will rotate every one to two weeks around different areas within your chosen territory. This results in a well-rounded experience, giving you the opportunity to work on a variety of conservation activities and projects. Volunteers usually work in groups of 6-10 and are assigned projects upon arrival, as the conservation work depends on seasonal conditions and priorities. Australian project examples include:
- Planting trees in locations like Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve as part of the ongoing recovery for wildlife and habitats, following the 2003 New South Wales bushfires.
- Maintaining wetland areas in Narawntapu National Park located among coastal sand dunes along the shores of Bass Strait.
- Restoring creeks in Tasmania.
- Track building and program maintenance in The Otway National Park along The Great Ocean Walk near Victoria.
- Helping scientists and indigenous rangers with the Crazy Ant project. Volunteers work to bait and monitor this introduced invasive ant species in Nhulunbuy, East Arnhem Land.
Volunteers will take part in varied activities, which may include environmental monitoring, heritage restoration, tree planting, endangered species protection and habitat conservation.
There are no specific skills required to participate in this project, but it will be enjoyed by all who have a love for the outdoors, who are environmentally concerned and up for a challenge. Volunteers should be prepared to live and work as a member of a team. A positive attitude is essential. We also advise that you have a reasonable level of fitness in order to take part in all activities.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To conserve and protect habitats
To enjoy the great outdoors
To begin your Australian adventure with others
The projects take place across Australia and they change in nature throughout the year. Work takes place in coastal areas, forests, the outback, river basins, mangroves and more. We recommend combining your trip to Australia with independent travel, which you have the opportunity to do before or after your placement. Why not visit Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, go sailing in Western Australia, explore the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland or explore Sydney in New South Wales? Wherever you chose to go, you are sure to learn more about this fascinating country’s people and environment.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 1 – 24 weeks (4 weeks minimum is recommended)
- Cost: £682 / $1194 for 1 week
£275 / $482 per each extra week
Deposit of £180 / $350 to confirm your placement
- Requirements: age 18+
- Choice of locations: New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, various locations, Australia or Queensland. Please speak to a Kaya Advisor to learn more.
- Project activities: varies by location and time of year- tree planting, walking trail construction, seed collection, weed control, fencing, heritage restoration, beach clearing and disaster relief. Please speak to a Kaya advisor to learn more.
- Working hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm
- Project availability: start every Friday and run all year round. Project closed for Christmas.
- Arrival day: Friday before 11 AM
What is included
- Accommodation: shared rooms in caravans, hostels, bunk houses, shearer’s quarters or camping (tents are provided)
- Food: 3 meals a day and weekends. Volunteers help in the preparation of food.
- Training: Orientation upon arrival and training
- Support: 24 hour support from on-site coordinator and project leaders
- Wildlife guidebook and map of location
- Certificate of Appreciation; optional certificate available (at additional cost, if volunteers have worked 40+ hours)
- Volunteer ID Card with special offers and discounts
- All project-related travel
What is not included
- Airport pick up, drop off or travel to starting points
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
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