Volunteers play an important role in protecting and rehabilitating the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Throughout the Wet Tropics region, volunteer organisations contribute skills and labour to a variety of activities, making community groups a vital and substantial partner in conservation. They participate in projects ranging from field studies to tree plantings, to injured wildlife rescues.
These community groups are always seeking new members and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, there is bound to be something to interest everybody so join in, make a contribution and learn: all at the same time!
There are a number of volunteer groups listed below. To ensure you get current information, including contact details, we recommend an online search.
You can also visit NRM Regions Queensland or the Australian Citizen Science Association.
The Australian Quoll Conservancy is dedicated to the conservation of all four of Australia’s Quoll Species, particularly the race 'gracilis' of the spotted-tailed quoll in North QLD. Their main office is based in Cairns with a branches now located in Townsville and Victoria.
Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC)
CAFNEC provides a regional forum and central support facility for environmental organisations and campaigners.
Volunteers are welcome.
Community for Cassowary and Coastal Conservation (C4)
C4 is a voluntary organisation which staffs a visitor centre seven days a week, offers heritage tours to Mission Beach visitors and undertakes extensive tree planting projects. Local councils consult C4 on local development applications and issues. Mission Beach Wildcare, a C4 working group looks after orphaned or injured native wildlife and has a 24-hour hotline on 0439 687 272.
Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA)
Working in partnership with other community and government organisations, CV offers a wide variety of volunteer conservation experiences. Teams are regularly organised to undertake projects, sometimes in remote localities.
Environmental Defenders Office of Northern Queensland (EDO NQ)
This community legal centre promotes environmental protection and conservation. Staff provide a legal service and representation in public interest environmental law matters and strategic test cases, prepare submissions on environmental law and policy reform proposals and contribute to community education on environmental law issues.
Far North Queensland Wildlife Rescue
Far North Queensland Wildlife Rescue (Inc.) is a group of volunteers who are dedicated to the preservation of the many species of wildlife found in tropical north Queensland. Their mission is to be a network of professional carers committed to rehabilitating wildlife for release and the education of people about the value of native fauna and its habitat.
Frog Safe is a tax deductible frog conservation organisation. It has a large website featuring unique information about disease threats and ways to help frog populations. The group specialises in rescue and rehabilitation of injured and sick frogs as well as disease surveillance.
Kuranda Conservation Community Nursery
Kuranda Conservation is an entirely volunteer organisation whose objectives are to assist the community to use land in an ecologically sustainable way and to enhance natural biodiversity through education and demonstration. It promotes awareness of the environment required for the preservation of cassowaries including habitat protection and enhancement, and domestic and feral animal control. It participates in research, in particular the CSIRO Cassowary Recovery Plan for the Wet Tropics region, to better understand the needs of this unique, umbrella species.
Kuranda EnviroCare is the amalgamation of Kuranda's Environment Association and Landcare Group. Current issues include town planning, environmental education, wildlife corridor rehabilitation, wildlife management (especially cassowaries), and domestic animal and feral pig control.
North Queensland Conservation Council (NQCC)
NQCC operates an education program, provides its members with a regular newsletter and campaigns on environmental issues.
Rainforest Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation that has been protecting and restoring rainforests in Australia and internationally since 1998 by providing opportunities for individuals and businesses to Protect Rainforests Forever. Our projects re-establish rainforests through planting, maintenance and restoration programs, as well as purchasing and protecting high conservation value rainforest and preserving its biodiversity. Through our Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever Project and our Daintree Plant a Rainforest we are protecting and restoring the ecological integrity of the Daintree Rainforest. As the oldest rainforest on Earth the Daintree contains exceptional levels of biodiversity and is of international conservation importance.
Rainforest Trust Australia
Rainforest Trust Australia is a non-profit organisation working to protect threatened tropical forests and endangered wildlife in Australia and around the world. Our activities in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest are based at Benella Rainforest Reserve where we have a plant nursery that supports ongoing rainforest restoration projects. We are seeking volunteers to help add to the 100,000 trees we've planted so far that reestablish habitat for the Cassowary and other wildlife. Come along to our weekly plant propagation days or register to participate in regular tree planting days. We have three cabins on the property that provide accommodation for volunteers wanting to contribute for longer than one day.
Sea Turtle Foundation
Sea Turtle Foundation works to protect turtles and address threats to them. They achieve their aim through education, monitoring, research support and advocacy.
Tablelands Frog Club Inc
These enthusiastic frog fanciers promote conservation and public awareness by producing an informative newsletter, holding a yearly Frog Festival, arranging specialist talks at meetings and promoting the building of frog ponds and frog friendly gardens.
Tablelands National Park Volunteers
The volunteers are based on the Atherton Tablelands, and conduct a wide variety of activities in the local national parks.Public activities include guided spotlighting and bird walks, hosting public talks on environmental topics and running nature based kids’ activities, environmental weeding and threatened species research projects. Park-based activities include weeding, tree planting, cleaning up rubbish and assisting with research on flora and fauna.
Tolga Bat Rescue and Research
Tolga Bat Rescue and Research works for conservation of bats and their habitat. THeir main activities centre around the Bat Hospital with the rescue of over 1000 bats each year, and the Bat Hospital Visitor Centre that provides community education about bats. Our flagship species is the spectacled flying fox, an important seed disperser and pollinator in the Wet Tropics and beyond.
Treeforce's motto is to plant the right tree, at the right place, at the right time. Treeforce is a community-run tree planting group who gets together for regular revegetation activities around Cairns. Plantings have taken place at Redlynch, along Freshwater Creek, and along the Barron River in Stratford.
Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group
The TKMG was formed in 1997 in response to the heightened awareness of the destruction of tree kangaroo habitat and the apparent lack of knowledge about Australia's largest arboreal mammal. The group is also interested in other FNQ mammals under pressure including the yellow-bellied glider, tropical bettong, spotted-tail quoll and musky rat-kangaroo and the impact of introduced animals. TKMG continues to address issues that impact on the populations of mammals in the region including wild dogs, roadkills and fragmentation.
Trees for the Evelyn and Atherton Tablelands Inc. (TREAT)
TREAT is a community-based tree planting group, originally established in 1982. TREAT produces a quarterly newsletter for members, manages several projects supported by grants from several sources including the Natural Heritage Trust, works with government agencies, schools and landowners and holds monthly field days and regular tree planting sessions.
Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland (WOSQ) - Townsville branch
Townsville WPSQ is part of a network of branches of one of the state's oldest environmental groups. Townsville branch has an education program with public meetings, monthly field trips and a monthly newsletter. Members are also active campaigners with a current focus on conservation issues.
Formed originally in 1972, this branch was the first FNQ wildlife group established in the Cairns area. The group expects its early focus to be on habitat preservation, crocodiles, flying-fox counts, cassowaries and other endangered species, marine species and other issues on the Atherton Tablelands and coastal areas from Cairns northwards. New volunteers and members are welcomed.