What is Citizen Science?

Citizen science is scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions. Individuals from the general public who contribute to a citizen science project are often referred to as a ‘citizen scientist’.

Citizen science differs to other forms of volunteering, as a citizen scientist will assist with the collection and/or analysis of scientific data. These tasks include but are not limited to: recording observations of animals or plants, identifying animals or plants in photographs, sampling water quality and assessing air quality.

Click here to find out more about citizen science with the NSW Government.


Citizen scientists monitoring nest boxes