Volunteers play an important role in managing Kangaroo Island’s (KI) natural resources. Their contribution of time, energy, expertise, equipment and resources is extremely valuable in the sustainable management of our environment.

Volunteering is a rewarding experience for people of all ages and it's good for you! Environmental volunteering can bring about a range of benefits for people spending time in the natural environment including social inclusion, physical and mental health, improving wellbeing and environmental stewardship and developing skills.

Volunteers make new friends, learn new things, have fun and keep fit – all in the beautiful surroundings of KI!

A range of volunteering opportunities exists on the island. Whether you can spare a couple of hours or would like to participate in a longer-term project, there are a broad range of volunteer opportunities available on Kangaroo Island (KI).  Click on the links below to find out how you can volunteer.

Friends groups

Friends of Parks look after our national parks and reserves.

  • Friends of Cape Gantheaume

Friends of the Glossies support the Glossy black-cockatoo recovery program and seek volunteers to assist with nest watching, habitat planting and taking part in the annual census. Volunteering on this program is a great opportunity to learn more about these wonderful birds.

The combined 'KI Friends groups' ran a very successful Friends of Parks forum in May 2014 themed 'Connecting people, places and parks'.  The forum was a great success and was awarded Kangaroo Island Council's 'Community Event of the Year'.

Birdlife Kangaroo Island seek volunteers to assist with counting and monitoring local sea and shore bird populations and other local bird counts and observation opportunities.

Campground hosts

Campground hosts are volunteers who help provide a great camping experience for park visitors while staying free-of-charge in the National Park.

There are hosting opportunities available at different times of the year at either end of Kangaroo Island, at Lashmar Conservation Park and Flinders Chase National Park.

Find out more about being a campground host on Kangaroo Island or other South Australian National Parks.  


The Western KI Landcare Group has been carrying out water monitoring in four western Kangaroo Island rivers.  Landcare groups are keen for volunteers to join their groups and projects. Contact the Sustainable Production Program on 8553 4444 for information about a Landcare groups near you.

Progress associations, through the Kangaroo Island Council, support various volunteer activities around KI and often work in partnership with NRKI.

Volunteer programs

Whether you live on the island or not, there are a number of organisations that may have volunteering opportunities on KI for you:

  • Conservation Volunteers Australia
  • Trees for Life
  • Greening Australia - SA branch
  • Nature Conservation Society
  • Volunteering SA & NT

Recognising our volunteers locally

To recognise the hard work of our volunteers, the KI Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board hosts the Local Achievers NRM Awards.

To view the current award winners, visit the 2017 Local Achiever's page

More information

  • Natural Resources Kangaroo Island
    35 Dauncey street, Kingscote
    08 8553 4444