our wild places
actions CAN make a difference! How does your lifestyle impact
the environment? What
is your ecological footprint? and what can you do to reduce your
Want to do more?
But not sure of where to start? Not even sure if you want to do this?
Why act for nature?
If you have a passion for nature, the energy and time, you can make
a big difference as a volunteer. Many nature groups rely on volunteers
to run their programmes. Most have activities to suit any contribution
of skill, time and energy. Every contribution, large and small, short-term
and long-term, can make a difference.
do I get out of it?
As a volunteer, you get to put your passion for nature into
practice. You will participate in training sessions where you
will learn more about our wild, natural places. Training often
involves special field trips and talks by experts.
make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give.
gives you opportunities to interact with professionals in natural
sciences and nature reserve management, as well as experienced naturalists.
You also get to hang out with others who share your passion. It's
fun and meaningful!
do nature volunteers have to say about their experiences?
the personal stories of 50
volunteers who have made a difference for nature everywhere in
what volunteers at Chek Jawa
have to say; and volunteers at Sungei Buloh: Pui
can I contribute?
Almost any skill you have can make a difference!
can I contribute as a nature guide?
As a nature guide, share your passion for nature by introducing
others to our very own wild places. A personal and passionate
introduction really gets people interested in enjoying and conserving
a person uninstructed in natural history, his
stroll in the country or along a seashore is a
walk through a gallery filled with wonderful works
of art, nine-tenths of which have their faces
turned to the wall.
want to guide, but want to contribute?
Besides nature guiding, volunteers are needed for many nature efforts.
You can contribute skills such as photography, design, illustration
and writing, internet support. Help is always needed for organising
events and managing volunteer groups. Even if all you have is time
and a deep passion for nature, there are many great opportunities
for you to make a difference. Just check out the listings below.
Where can I contribute? Check out the opportunities below to
see how their needs fit in with your passion and schedule.
Latest updates on volunteer opportunities are on the wild news
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Marine Survey The
Mega Marine Survey of Singapore is an exciting new opportunity for
ordinary people to make a difference for our shores! No experience
required, just a passion for the outdoors and our shores. More details
on the Mega
Marine Survey blog with FAQ and sign up details.
a volunteer effort to monitor seagrasses and other intertidal life
on our shores, as part of international Seagrass Watch which covers
150 sites around the world. No experience required, just a passion
for the outdoors and our shores. More details on the TeamSeagrass
blog with FAQ and sign up details.
Water Volunteers No need to swim, no need to dive, be a
nature guide to introduce ordinary people to the extraordinary coral
reefs of Kusu Island through guided
reefwalks. In collaboration with the Hantu
Bloggers, BWV also conducts Reef Xplore, guided dives at Hantu
and need volunteer divers. Volunteer divers are also needed for regular
surveys of our coral reefs in the Southern Islands. More details on
the volunteer programme at the Blue
Water Volunteers website.
Jawa Public Walks
be a nature guide to introduce visitors to this seldom-seen intertidal
zone with six rare ecosystems. Organised by NParks. More about
Chek Jawa. More details on the volunteer programme on the Ubin
NParks website and see that their volunteers are up to on the
Ubin Volunteers blog
Ubin the Sensory Trail and more
Be a nature guide on this trail that gets visitors to use their five
senses to enjoy the wild places on Pulau Ubin. The trail was developed
in 1995 to allow the visually handicapped. There is also a small garden
with fruit trees, spices and herbs for cooking, plants used in traditional
medicine and native plants of the mangrove forest. The rest of Pulau
Ubin is a treasure trove that is a joy to share. More about Pulau
Ubin and the Sensory Trail
and other Ubin tours and
Several groups run volunteer programmes on Ubin:
Ubin NParks (Chek Jawa, the Sensory Trail and other tours. You
can also help in visitor services, reforestation and other efforts
for Ubin's historical and natural heritage). The NParks
Ubin Volunteers blog also gives you a flavour of their activities.
Buloh Wetland Reserve
Be a nature guide to introduce the mangroves and wetlands of Sungei
Buloh Wetland Reserve through guided
nature walks; this includes a mangrove walk as well as a fish
walk. Volunteers are also needed for scientific studies and other
projects at the Reserve including reforestation, photography, writing
and more. Details on the volunteer programme on the Sungei
Buloh Wetland Reserve website
Botanic Gardens Astonish city folks with this guided
walk through one of Singapore's oldest patch of rainforest just
5 minutes from downtown Orchard Road! More about the
Rainforest Trail. Volunteers are also needed in guiding at the
National Orchid Garden, patrolling the Gardens, help build up the
Gardens' Plant Records, horticultural work and herbarium work. More
details of the volunteer programme on the Singapore
Botanic Gardens website.
(Animal Concerns Research and Education Society) Acres aims to foster
respect and compassion for all animals; improve the living conditions
and welfare of animals in captivity; educate people on lifestyle choices
which do not involve the abuse of animals and which are environment-friendly.
Acres also operates the 24-hour Wildlife Crime Hotline (9783 7782)
which provides an avenue for those who know of anyone who illegally
owns or trades in exotic animals, to blow the whistle on these wildlife
traders and owners. In the past two years, the work of Acres has led
to the rescue of more than 170 wild animals. Volunteers are needed
to run Acres outreach and other activities. You can also support by
becoming an Acres member. More details on the Acres
at The Raffles Museum of Biodiversity
Research Be a guide at the RMBR Public Gallery and various
nature places in Singapore. Help in outreach efforts through public
exhibitions and school talks. Design and construct exhibitions and
webpages. Assist on research collections, surveys, workshops and mentoring
of school projects. Each project is repeated annually and volunteers
are encouraged to take on different roles for exposure. Team rather
than solo guiding commonly employed. Details of the volunteer programme
on the RMBR website.
Coastal Cleanup Singapore It's NOT just about picking up
litter! Volunteers with the International Coastal Cleanup collect
data about marine debris which is not only unsightly but also kills
marine life. Plastic floats forever in our oceans, breaking up into
smaller and smaller pieces that eventually get eaten and enter our
seafood! Part of a long-term global effort, the Singapore data helps
us better understand and hopefully resolve the ever growing issue
of marine debris. More details of the volunteer programme on the News
from the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore blog
focusing on youths and encouraging youths to take initiative and choose
to live environmentally sustainable lifestyles. ECO aims to establish
a voluntary environmental movement, thereby creating opportunities
for active involvement by Singaporean youths, instilling a sense of
commitment and awareness of environmental issues and global hazards.
More details on the Eco-Singapore
Watch Be part of a special volunteer group that conducts
River Patrols and public education efforts to monitor, restore and
protect the aesthetics of six rivers and canals: the Singapore River,
Kallang River, Geylang River, Whampoa River, Pelton Canal and Rochor
Canal. Although the rivers and canals are now biologically clean and
alive, problem such as littering and illegal disposal of waste still
exists. More details of the volunteer programme on the Waterways
Society (Singapore) Be a guide at walks for Society members
at various nature places in Singapore. There also also other opportunities
to help out in nature activities. More details of the volunteer programme
on the NSS website.
Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots programme
were developed by Dr. Jane Goodall in her efforts to improve the environment
for all living things. To support Dr. Jane’s vision, get involved
with our Roots & Shoots programme, awareness events, primate research,
public and school talks, or operations. Volunteers are needed on a
part-time, full-time, or ad hoc basis. Please visit www.janegoodall.org.sg
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.