Thumbs up for Brisbane's volunteer green thumbs

Brisbane Volunteers

With International Volunteer Day on Tuesday 5 December 2017, it's time to say a hearty 'thanks' to our wonderful and dedicated 'green' volunteers who help maintain Brisbane's natural areas by working with Brisbane City Council to care for our trees, land, wildlife and waterways.

Our volunteers play an important role in keeping Brisbane clean, green and sustainable.

Why become a 'green' volunteer

Volunteering is all about making a difference in your local community. Potential benefits of 'green' volunteering include:

  • a chance to make new friends, meet like-minded people and have fun
  • an opportunity to act on your values, passions and interests
  • a reason to discover your local environment and spend time in nature
  • work experience and the development of new skills
  • a sense of satisfaction from volunteering achievements
  • better physical and mental health 
  • a chance to challenge yourself and build self-esteem in a supportive environment.

Volunteer and show us your green thumb

Interested in becoming a 'green' volunteer in Brisbane? Here are some options. We'd love to have you on board!

Environment centres

Council runs three environment centres at Boondall Wetlands, Downfall Creek and Karawatha Forest. These centres offer a range of volunteering opportunities, with flexible rosters to help lead nature walks, greet visitors, deliver workshops and support educational activities. No qualifications are necessary, however good social and communication skills are important.

If you're interested in volunteering at one of our environment centres, complete our online volunteer expression of interest form.

Community gardens

Did you know that Council provides land for community gardens, and information and grants to help fund and run community gardens? 

Community gardens are a great way to connect with people in your local neighbourhood with a shared passion for gardening. 

Read about community gardens.

Waterways, habitat and conservation

More than 5000 volunteers across the city help to restore Brisbane's natural habitat and improve our waterways.

More than 150 Habitat Brisbane and 10 Creek Catchment volunteer-based groups help rejuvenate bushland and waterways in the community.

More than 700 private landholders in bushland areas participate in the Wildlife Conservation Partnerships Program. Landholders with more than half a hectare of bushland they'd be willing to put aside for wildlife are encouraged to participate in this program.


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Last updated:24 October 2019
Topics: blog green