Volunteer with environmental groups


Frankston City is lucky to have many passionate environmental volunteers to give their time to nurture, clean up and protect our natural environment.

Our volunteers are always happy to welcome new people and works across a range of projects including work in natural reserves and private land, wildlife rescue, beach clean-ups and environmental action and advocacy groups.

Frankston Environmental Friends Network (FEFN)

The Frankston Environmental Friends Network (FEFN) is an umbrella organisation of volunteer groups who undertake various activities to help the environment across Frankston city.  While supported by Frankston City Council, it is a stand-alone organisation. It provides a forum for communication between Council, Friends Groups and other environmental organisations. Members of the Network meet monthly to share ideas and provide support to one another.

A ‘Friends Group’ is a group that consists of environmental volunteers with an interest in a particular natural reserve. The group works in partnership with the relevant land manager, operating as a support group to look after the reserve.  All works undertaken by the Friends Group are agreed to by the relevant land manager and are generally carried out alongside a Management Plan.

Get involved

Want to get involved? View a list of Environmental Friends Groups(PDF, 476KB) , including their contact details and working bee dates.

The Frankston Climate Action Group and South East Environment Network also accept volunteers.

FEFN Volunteers Manual

Already in a Friends Group? The Volunteer Manual has been prepared by Frankston City Council and the Frankston Environmental Friends Network to assist and support all Friends Group volunteers working in Frankston city.

The Manual has 2 parts:

Starting a new Friends Group

If you wish to form a new Friends Group in your local reserve, you must have a clear idea about what you are wanting to achieve and discuss this with Council, Parks Victoria or Melbourne Water. The relevant Council Officers will assess the proposal and determine:

  • if the proposal aligns with Council’s priorities for the reserve
  • whether there are works that could be undertaken by a Friends Group.

If approved, there are a number of steps required before works can commence. You will also need to appoint an activities leader to work with Council to ensure work plans are approved and carried out safely.

Get in touch for more information.

Gardens for wildlife

The Gardens for Wildlife is a free program that assists residents in creating wildlife-friendly habitats in their gardens by providing simple, practical advice for an environmentally sustainable garden. The program is provided by Frankston City Council and supported by our wonderful Garden Guide volunteers. 

If you want to become a volunteer Garden Guide, please email Ranger.Jacky@frankston.vic.gov.au.

For more information on the program visit Gardens for wildlife.