Environmental volunteers

If you fancy sharing your spare time with us, why not become a volunteer. You'll meet some like-minded people and have some fun in the process.

Nature conservation volunteering opportunities

With over 100 registered nature conservation volunteers active at 49 conservation areas across the City of Onkaparinga region we would love your help to protect and restore areas of bushland, watercourses, coastal vegetation and protect endangered bird populations.

Nature Conservation volunteers get involved with:

  • Removing and controlling weeds that can push out native plants, wreck habitat for wildlife and increase the risk of fire
  • Monitoring the health of an area of native vegetation and native fauna that lives there.
  • Growing and planting local native seedlings to improve habitat for wildlife, stabilise soil and bring back native plant species that have disappeared from an area. 
  • Protecting and monitoring the nesting sites of an endangered beach nesting bird called the Hooded Plover in partnership with Birdlife Australia and the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board. 

Your time and effort as a volunteer will not only be rewarding, but it will make a real difference.  

Not sure if you have a green thumb or know enough about native plants and animals?  Don’t worry, our Nature Conservation Team works in close partnership with organisations such as Trees For Life and the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board to provide you with training, equipment and supervision.  You’ll have access to technical expertise, insurance and a planned work program to best suit each site and individual needs. This ensures that we get the best possible conservation outcomes while making sure that volunteers and the community are safe.

If you are not sure if you want to commit to a program or just want to find out more, why not come along to one of the nature conservation community events and get some hands-on experience? To find out more please visit the Sustainable Onkaparinga Workshops and Events page, find where our volunteer sites are located on an interactive map, check out some of the other website links provided or register your interest by contacting Leanne Lawrence, Natural Area Conservation Volunteer Coordinator.


Waste Nott Store volunteering opportunities

Our store is a community initiative to reduce waste. We acquire goods that would otherwise go to landfill from businesses and provide these items at low cost for children’s activities, craftspeople, teachers and play groups. Most of the goods are off-cuts and fun, funky or weird materials that inspire creativity and are worth having a second go round rather than being dumped.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • assisting visitors and customers to select items
  • creating things from the materials to demonstrate what can be used 
  • maintaining and arranging items 
  • keeping the shop clean and presentable
  • collection of materials from local businesses.

We are located at 268 Beach Road, Hackham West and are open on Thursdays from 2-5pm and Fridays from 10am–4pm.

Volunteer requirements

  • an interest in resource recovery or waste and recycling issues
  • good customer service approach
  • ability to relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • ability to work within a team
  • creativity or a willingness to give ‘crafts’ a try.

For more information, contact Lynda Wedding, Waste and Recycling Education Officer,
on (08) 8384 0128, (08) 8384 0666 or email lynwed@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au