Bushcare is all about community volunteers working with Council to conserve and rehabilitate publicly owned natural bushland. There are over 400 volunteers who work at over 80 different sites throughout the Northern Beaches. Most Bushcare groups work at set times through the year, for two or three hours each month. 

How to Become a Bushcare Volunteer

To become a volunteer, just attend one of our regular Bushcare sessions and complete an onsite induction with one of our qualified supervisors. No experience is needed. We have activities to suit all levels of participation. Tools, training and guidance in bush regeneration techniques, and morning or afternoon tea are provided! Register your interest

Community Nursery

The community nursery at Manly Dam is part of our Bushcare program. Thousands of indigenous plants, including rare species, are produced from seed every year. The plants are used for bush restoration thanks to our dedicated volunteers, who work here every Friday morning from 8.30am - 12pm. 

Coastal Environment Centre (CEC)

The CEC is a focal point, network and training venue for environmental volunteers. There are administrative and educational roles in the centre itself, or you could do practical fieldwork to protect and rehabilitate coastal environments and aquatic habitats. Drop in, call 1300 000 CEC (232) or email: to find out more.

Manly Environment Centre (MEC)

The MEC can offer varied opportunities if you’re looking for practical experience in the environmental field – and we’re always looking for volunteers. You may find a role in local field work, administration, marketing, projects, research or events. The commitment required depends on the position. 

Manly Dam Corporate Days

Get your staff out of the office and into the bush. Manly Dam welcomes corporate groups from 6 to 60 people willing to plant, mulch, paint and carry out small construction jobs. Find out more from Manly Dam Rangers. Phone: 9949 3235 or email:

Manly Dam Mountain Bike Volunteers

Every couple of months we send out a call for 6–12 volunteers to help maintain and restore one of Sydney’s best mountain bike tracks, and have a direct impact on how it’s managed. Find out more from Manly Dam Rangers. Phone: 9949 3235 or email:

Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden

Volunteers of all ages get together at the Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden to maintain the gardens with plants grown from seeds and cuttings in our nursery. Come and meet us on Tuesday morning 9–9.30am or Saturday afternoon 2–4pm, and we’ll let you know what’s going on.


Once a month, teams monitor water from the source to the sea at four sites to evaluate aquatic health and management issues, and gain long-term data trends. We can pick you up and drop you off in Manly. Find out more on the Australian Museum’s Streamwatch page.

Floating Landcare

Floating Landcare volunteers visit boat access only locations along the Hawkesbury River and in the Pittwater to help restore the local environment. Activities include bush regeneration, litter collection, planting, and simple flora and fauna surveys. For more information.

Find out More and Register as a Volunteer

Want to find out more about these Bushcare opportunities? Call our Environmental Volunteers Coordinator on 9942 2766.

Environment Volunteer Opportunities

We also have other environment volunteer opportunities.  Contact our Community Volunteer Coordinator on 1300 434 434 . If you’re not sure but you’re just keen to volunteer, complete the online enquiry form. We’ll make some suggestions.

Bushcare Sites

Information on bushcare sites.