Finding Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are an essential component of the community sector, providing much needed assistance and support to non-profit organisations that are often heavily under-resourced.
There are so many volunteer opportunities out there, you just need to know where to look. Regardless of your experience, skillset or passion, there is a volunteer opportunity out there for you.
Looking for a volunteering opportunity? Here are some good places to start:
Alternatively, you can find an organisation that aligns with your interests and contact them directly to see what volunteer opportunities they may have available or you can have a look through our list of community partners to find a particular organisation.
If you’d prefer to volunteer from the comfort of your own home and laptop, don’t stress! You can try your hand at volunteering online:
Digital and Citizen Science Volunteering Opportunities
If you want to volunteer remotely or from the comfort of your own home, check out the digital and citizen science volunteering opportunities listed below. Using digital technologies, you can contribute to local and global research projects, help monitor environmental changes or put your disciplinary skills to good use!
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The Australian Museum
The Australian Museum website houses a number of citizen science programs relating to biodiversity – some of which are included below.
DigiVol is a crowdsourcing website that uses volunteers to transcribe data from natural history collections.
FrogID is a national citizen science project used to track the populations of Australian frogs. The project uses smartphone technology to record frog calls around Australia to track Cane Toads and habitats where frogs are thriving and where they aren’t. The data is also used to learn more about how frog species are responding to the changing environment.
Australasian Fishes project
The Australasian Fishes project allows users to upload, identify and comment on observations of Australian and New Zealand fishes through an online image library that is used to identify, map and investigate changes in the fish populations.
The WingTags Project
The WingTags project is a collaboration between the Royal Botanic Garden, the University of Sydney and the Australian Museum to understand the social behaviour, movement and colonies of Cockatoos, Ibis and Brush Turkeys in Sydney. Participants who site a Cockatoo, Ibis or Brush Turkey with a wingtag are asked to report the tag number and colour using an App as well as upload a photo where possible.
Streamwatch is a citizen science project that aims to monitor the quality and health of local waterways. In 2019 Streamwatch transitioned from an Australian Museum hosted program to a program with the Greater Sydney Landcare Network.
Hollows as Homes
Hollows as Homes is a citizen science project aiming to map the hollow resources available for native wildlife across Sydney. Data generated from the mapping of hollows will help inform Council and town planning for retaining habitat for native wildlife. Thirty local councils are participating in the project across the greater Sydney region.
Australian Citizen Science Association
An online database of Australian citizen science projects which can be filtered by area of science, difficulty, geographic location and other metrics.
An annual event held in the month of October that aims to amplify the impact of citizen science for Queensland Reefs. The program includes face to face events in the state of Queensland as well as online citizen science projects. This event is run by Conservation Volunteers Australia
SciStarter is an online database of digital citizen science projects that can be filtered by location, timing or conditions of the project, area of science and age group.
UN Volunteers is an online volunteering portal enabling individuals to volunteer online with organisations working towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Volunteer roles include writing and editing, translation, art and design and technology development.
Vollie is an online marketplace connecting skilled volunteers to non-profits and charities.
The NSW Government runs a number of citizen science projects that are often geographically based. Projects include monitoring populations of threatened species, recording quality of freshwater and recording information about flora and fauna.
NSW BioNet is a respository of biodiversity information managed by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Users can add data to collections including species sightings, systematic surveys, threatened biodiversity and species names.
Zooniverse is a digital platform for “people powered research”. No specialised background, training or expertise is required to participate in the projects and volunteers can contribute to projects in the field of arts, biology, climate, history, language, literature, medicine, physics and social science.
National Geographic hosts a database of externally run citizen science projects relating to Biology, Ecology and Earth Science.
iNaturalist is a collaboration between the California Academy of Sciences and National Geographic that aims to observe global biodiversity.
The Atlas of Living Australia
The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is the Australian node of iNaturalist that is used to record observations and sightings of species.