Environmental Education Centres
  • Last updated:
  • 20 Sep 2016

Council encourages community members to be involved in assisting with the care and maintenance of its botanic gardens and bushland reserves. This provides an opportunity for like-minded people to come together to share their skills and knowledge while helping to preserve and improve these iconic spaces.


  • Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens
  • Maroochy Wetlands Sanctury
  • Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens

The Friends of the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens work at the gardens every Tuesday.

Typical duties

  • Gardening crew – look after all the weeding, mulching, fertilising, pruning and irrigation of the garden beds
  • Construction crew – cover all aspects of the landscape construction. This involves laying new concrete and gravel pathways, constructing timber furniture, signage, track building and maintenance, rock work and retaining walls
  • Guiding and information – provide information to garden visitors and take groups on guided walks providing an overview of the history of the gardens.

The Friends of Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens are actively involved in fund raising, to assist council in the development and maintenance of the gardens.

How to apply

For more information or to register with the Friends, contact the Friends of the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens via email: friendsofMRBBG@gmx.com or telephone (07) 5443 6336.

Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary

In the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary at Bli Bli, you can explore wet and dry eucalypt forests, rainforest, melaleuca forest, casuarina woodland, salt marsh and mangroves. You can spot 200 species of birds, as well as crabs, butterflies and other wildlife species that make the wetlands their home.

Typical duties

  • Staffing the historic canecutter's barracks which feature wetland displays (every Sunday and some school holidays)
  • Staffing the Maroochy Wetlands information building (every Sunday and some school holidays)
  • Talking with visitors
  • Distributing guided walk maps.

How to apply

Council partners with the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Support Group Inc. in supporting visitor management services and revegetation works. To become a volunteer contact the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Support Group or for more information, please contact council's customer service centre.

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

The Friends of Mary Carincross Association is a charitable organisation that supports council in managing the reserve. 

Council welcomes new volunteers to the Mary Cairncross Visitor Education Centre. The centre is nestled in the forest at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Volunteers work with council staff to provide a welcoming and informative experience for visitors to one of Queensland’s best and most accessible sub-tropical rainforests. 

Typical duties

  • Providing rainforest and education centre information to visitors from around the world
  • Leading guided tours for schools and other group tours.
  • Join the team of volunteers who enhance the experience of visitors to the reserve. 


New volunteers are given training and ongoing learning opportunities. Volunteers must be adults and shifts are for four hours. Volunteers are asked to work one shift each fortnight and commit to volunteering for at least one year.

How to apply

For more information:
  • go to the Mary Cairncross website
  • visit the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve at 148 Mountain View Road, Maleny
  • telephone the education centre on (07) 5429 6122 (every day).