Do you want to get involved in creating a greener Melbourne? Volunteering as a Citizen Forester is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and build knowledge across our city.

Catering for different levels of ability and interest, the Citizen Forester Program includes a variety of activities that allow volunteers to participate in a meaningful, fun and rewarding way. On this page you can learn more about the program, sign up as a volunteer and get involved in activities.

If you are interested in becoming a Citizen Urban Forester please register your interest via email or clicking the button above.

Learn more about Melbourne's urban forest.


Throughout January and February, volunteers in the Citizen Forester program are helping to undertake a detailed assessment of the City of Melbourne’s urban forest. Using the i-Tree Eco assessment method, this analysis will help us to understand and quantify the benefits of the urban forest.

A second training session has been announced for Citizen Foresters, to be held:

Tuesday 17 January

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Council House 2, 240 Little Collins Street

In the training session volunteers will learn about i-Tree Eco and how the data collection process works, before going out into the field and practicing data collection.

To learn more about the i-Tree data collection project, visit the Urban Forest Evaluation page.

January 4, 2017

Citizen Forester volunteers are invited to help us carry out an assessment of the urban forest. Using i-Tree Eco software, we will record data about the trees and vegetation in the city and quantify the benefits provided by the urban forest.

To learn more about the project or register as a volunteer, head to the Citizen Forester page.

December 9, 2016

The University of Melbourne have been using the latest genetic sequencing equipment to analyse the elm leaf samples collected by Citizen Foresters. Preliminary results from paternal DNA have identified some clear groupings of genetically similar or identical trees, as well as some unique elms. The next phase of analysis will focus on understanding the maternal lineage of the elms, which will provide a complete picture of the genetic diversity of Melbourne’s elms. Ultimately, this information will help us to cultivate a more diverse and resilient elm population in the future.

October 28, 2016

On Friday 12 February we had a training event for our Citizen Forester Program in Royal Park. Volunteers learned how to conduct vegetation surveys in parks and streets, helping us to identify different vegetation types and habitat distribution across the municipality. Over the next six weeks, the Citizen Foresters will carry out vegetation surveys in their own time, ultimately contributing to a ‘current state’ habitat map that will guide our work in the future.

February 18, 2016


Citizen Science is a growing discipline around the world that allows citizens to participate in the collection and analysis of scientific data.

Since 2011, the City of Melbourne has worked closely with the community to develop the Urban Forest Strategy and the subsequent Urban Forest Precinct Plans for each of the city’s 10 precincts. This collaborative process has fostered high levels of interest and participation in creating a greener Melbourne.

The Citizen Forester Program has been established to facilitate ongoing and meaningful partnership with the community to grow and enhance one of Melbourne's most important assets: our urban forest.

To learn more about Melbourne urban forest head to the Urban Forest Visual map. You can download our urban forest data from the Open Data Portal.

Sign up process

To become a Citizen Forester, you must:

  1. Register your interest via email
  2. Complete your volunteer profile with the City of Melbourne's HR team
  3. Complete your Police Check and Working With Children check, in line with City of Melbourne volunteer protocol (free of charge for volunteers)
  4. Accept the volunteer code of conduct

Please contact the Urban Forest and Ecology team if you have any questions.

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

  Contact Name
Urban Forest and Ecology Team
(03) 9658 9658