Bushcare Volunteers

Volunteering is a great way to become active in the local community and make a significant difference in someone's life.

Council coordinates environmental volunteering programs as well as offering a volunteer referral service to a number of wonderful community organisations in the area.

1) Volunteer with Council 

Council coordinates a number of popular environmental volunteering programs with over 700 volunteers currently working to preserve our beautiful bushland and care for community land in Ku-ring-gai. Volunteers include individuals, families, community, Duke of Edinburgh participants and corporate groups of all skill levels and experience. 

More information about Council's volunteer with nature programs

Get involved

Contact Environmental Volunteering Programs Officer on 9424 0811 or email.

Complete the below form to register your interest to volunteer with Council.

Register your interest to volunteer

Council programs 

There are a number of volunteering for nature programs to choose from. 

View Council programs


Bushcare volunteers meet regularly, usually once a month for 2 to 3 hours. Council provides equipment and on-site support, including hands-on training, Work Health & Safety information, weeding techniques, plant ID and site management. The Ku-ring-gai Bushcare Association committee meets once a month to discuss key issues.


Parkcare volunteers work on local parkland and foster community stewardship of these areas. Volunteers assist with planting, weeding, minor landscaping works and the placement of wildlife nesting boxes.


Streetcare builds on what is already happening informally as many residents maintain street verges. This is a great way to improve your streetscape and enhance community spirit. Join an existing group or start your own.


Trailcare volunteers work on tracks and trails to assist with maintenance and community stewardship of these areas. They assist with trail maintenance, rock-armoring, trail auditing, rubbish removal, weeding, minor landscaping works and some sediment and erosion control. 

Corporate volunteering

Environmental volunteering provides an opportunity to develop staff skills, build teams and support important conservation work. The day can be arranged to suit your company’s time and budget requirements. No experience required.

Community gardens

Find out more about growing your own food and socialising with like-minded people at our two community gardens in Turramurra and West Pymble. Both are looking for new members of all ages and backgrounds.

Eastern pygmy possum

The Eastern Pygmy-possum Program is part of Council’s biodiversity monitoring program. Our Natural Areas Team conduct surveys in collaboration with volunteers to monitor the distribution, abundance and habitat preferences of pygmy-possums in the LGA. 

Native beehive

Find out more

2) Volunteer with a community organisation

Ku-ring-gai Hornsby Volunteer Service offers a referral service matching your skills, time and interests with a volunteer position with a local organisation.

Get involved

For more information contact us on 9424 0970 or email us.

If any of the below volunteer opportunities are of interest, fill out the expression of interest form below.

Register your interest to volunteer

Community organisations

View community organisations with available opportunities.

View community organisations

Meals on Wheels

We need drivers to deliver meals to frail elderly people on weekdays for a few hours once a month.

Register your interest above or call Meals on Wheels at Turramurra on 9144 2044 or Hornsby on 9482 2088.

Easy Care gardening

Easy Care Gardening needs a large number of new volunteers to join their volunteer workforce after the Covid lockdown.  Volunteers will work  in small friendly groups to maintain gardens of frail elderly people so that they can live in their home independently. New volunteers will be provided tools and training, no experience is needed.

Register your interest above or through the Easy Care Gardening website.

Neighbourhood aid

Help a frail older person stay independent. We need drivers to provide transport to appointments and shopping, and volunteers for social visits. You can do this in the evenings or at weekends in the Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby areas.

Register your interest above or call Ku-ring-gai Neighbourhood Centre on 9988 4966, or Lifeline Community Aid on 9498 5882.

Day Centre Assistant

Volunteers are needed to assist with activities and to socialise with participants in aged care centres in Wahroonga, North Turramurra and Waitara. Some of these activities are run specifically for dementia patients.

Register your interest above or call Waitara on 0423 755 001, Wahroonga on 0447 914 983 and North Turramurra on 9488 1070.

3) Volunteer opportunities for young people

Ku-ring-gai youth leadership development

We are reviewing our approach to delivering leadership development programs for young people. It is important young people can have their say and develop in their capability to inspire and influence positive change.

Previously we have achieved these aims through Youth Council structures that engaged particular groups of young people. In the future, we hope to work with a wider cohort of young people through the use of social media and other technologies.

So if you're 12 to 24 years of age and live, work or study in Ku-ring-gai, we would love to hear from you.

  • Tell us your thoughts on local issues.
  • What’s important to you.

Get involved

Call Youth Services Team on 9424 0837 or email us.