Volunteer at the Gardens

Our volunteers are a diverse and eclectic bunch of people who share the passion of working outside in the beautiful natural environment and enhancing our region's green areas.  If you're not afraid of green ants and creepy crawlies, are hard-working, fun loving and keen to share knowledge and make new friends, we'd love to welcome you as a volunteer!

Find out more below, or visit our Green Space Our Place web page to see even more volunteer opportunities to suit various talents, interests and age groups.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Volunteers Supervisor on (07) 4032 6648 or 0429 983 252 to discuss options that suit you.

Friends of the Botanic Gardens, Cairns (FOBG)

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens are engaged in a range of activities to raise funds for and awareness of the Gardens. They operate the Friends' House shop and library from Monday to Friday, giving advice to visitors and selling shop goods to raise money for the Gardens as well as organising fund-raising events and plant sales throughout the year. Friends' Visitor Guides provide tours of the Flecker Gardens starting at 10am on weekdays.

Read more on the Friends of the Botanic Gardens website.


The Friends' Gardeneers meet each Wednesday to propagate and grow plants for sale throughout the year to raise funds for the Botanic Gardens. At the moment this group is full (limited space available due to nursery conditions).

Plant database volunteers

Plant Database Volunteers assist with entering plant information into the Gardens Plant Database, an important aspect of any Botanic Garden.

Down 'n' Dirty volunteers

There are a couple of gardening programs available for those who prefer to be outside and getting their hands dirty. The Cairns Botanic Gardens Down 'n' Dirty Volunteers meet each Wednesday from 9am until noon and take part in general gardening duties such as weeding, pruning, mulching, turfing and planting.

Visitor Enhancement volunteers

Volunteers help our visitors to get the most out of the Gardens by answering questions, offering directions and sharing plant knowledge on weekends.

Cattana Wetlands Jabirus

Cattana Wetlands Jabirus meet on site each Tuesday from 9am until noon. They involved in general maintenance of the wetlands such as weeding, planting and revegetation.

Little Taccas

'Little Taccas' Children's Nature Activities Program is designed to encourage children to learn about and experience the natural world.  Caring volunteers help children and their supportive parents in a safe and active natural environment.

Esplanade Sandpipers

Esplanade Sandpipers meet every Thursday from 9am to noon to assist with enhancing the Esplanade’s gardens such as the Healing Garden in front of the hospital.

Natural Areas Management Stratford Nursery

Volunteers for Council's Stratford Nursery meet Thursdays 9am to noon and are involved in collecting and propagating native seeds, potting up and weeding.

Tracks 'n' Trails Volunteers

The Tracks 'n' Trails volunteers maintain and improve the Red, Blue and Green Arrow walking tracks within the Whitfield Conservation Park and Ivan Evans Trail in Bayview Heights.


The Saltwater Creek "Salties" volunteers meet on Fridays to maintain and enhance reserve areas along Saltwater Creek.

Last updated: 16 June 2020