Posts Tagged ‘Volunteer’

Koalas in the Otways: Research volunteers

Posted in Movements, Seeking by EarthwatchAustralia on December 21st, 2011

A new research project Conserving Koala Country has been established by Earthwatch Australia to look into the deteriorating habitat and tree condition in the Otway Ranges, Victoria.

Dr Desley Whisson a Wildlife and Conservation Biologist from Deakin University says, “so far we’ve been tracking the movement of 15 koalas (8 females/7 males) at Cape Otway and observed a high density of koalas in the area of up to 16 koalas per hectare”.  In many parts of Australia Koala’s are in decline and at risk of extinction due to disease, land clearing and drought, however the high density of Koalas is posing a potential issue in The Otways.  During the recent research trip during mating season the research team made up of Earthwatch volunteers recorded vocalisation of the koalas using a songmeter; a device set to record bellows for 5 minutes every hour. Volunteers recorded the number of bellows and whether it’s a male or female.

“We found a high number of koalas with young so it looks like a successful breeding year. The koalas are occupying very small home ranges where trees are still in good condition. They obviously don’t need to move far to find food or mates. A 3 legged female adult koala was also found, something very unusual to see and particularly for her to have survived to adulthood, ” says Dr Whisson. Volunteers also ventured out at night with a spotlight to search for possums that could also be causing defoliation of trees. They saw lots of koalas but only found possums in one blue gum site. Richard Gilmore Earthwatch Executive Director says “It’s great to be able to be able to support research aimed at protecting the habitat of the iconic koala, and at the same time involve the general public in such a hands-on and interesting way.”

The next team of Earthwatch volunteers will be heading out to do further research on the 18 April.

For more information or to sign up for an Earthwatch expedition call 03 9682 6828, email or visit

Go Wading to Help Melbourne’s Freshwater Turtles

Posted in Events, Seeking by earthwatch on October 25th, 2011

17 November , 2011
8:30 amto5:00 pm
19 November , 2011
8:30 amto5:00 pm

Volunteer to protect Melbourne’s freshwater turtles – 17 & 19 Nov

Very little is known about Melbourne’s freshwater turtles and the impact that this growing city is having on their health. As one of the top predators in the food chain, a healthy turtle population points to a healthy ecosystem, and globally, freshwater turtles are in decline.

With special waterproof clothing, you’ll wade through the city’s freshwater lakes and creeks to capture turtles, assess their health and review the condition of their habitat.

Join a Turtles on the Move team
• Help scientists understand how urbanisation is affecting Melbourne’s turtles
• Discover the city’s hidden wetlands
• Do your bit for the environment

To join a one-day team for $69, call 03 9682 6828 or email or visit

Team info
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Saturday, 19 November 2011

Starts 8:30am and finishes 5pm.
Costs include lunch and transporttation to locations as well as pickup/.drop off to rendezvous location in Melbourne University

Location: each expedition visits two wetland sites in the greater Melbourne region
*Funds will go towards continuing this valuable research

Camp Out and Help Melbourne’s Microbats

Posted in Events, Seeking by earthwatch on October 21st, 2011

4 November , 2011 6:30 pmto5 November , 2011 9:00 am
12 November , 2011 6:30 pmto13 November , 2011 9:00 am

Dusk till dawn – an overnight eco adventure with Melbourne’s Microbats.

This year Melbourne Microbats research teams will be treated to a complete dusk till dawn experience sleeping overnight inside the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne – something usually unavailable for the general public – while also being able to enjoy the Ford Fiesta Moonlight Cinema in the gardens while waiting for the microbats to come out.  Working directly with researchers Dr Rodney van der Ree and PhD students, you will survey bats using harp traps and record ultrasonic bat calls with hand-held bat detectors and GPS equipment. You and your team will also investigate the diet of urban bats by using light traps to sample nocturnal insect fauna.

We have a number of Family Teams that are open to parents with children aged 10-17 (these run on Saturday nights only).

Costs: $89 per adult and $59 per child (includes snacks, refreshments, accommodation and breakfast)
Times: 6:30pm-9am
All funds go towards keeping this valuable research alive.

To make a booking call  Earthwatch on 03 9682 6828   or email

Dates 2011
Fri 4th Nov
Sat 12th Nov (family team)
Fri 18th Nov
Sat 26th Nov (family team)
Fri 2nd Dec

Dates 2012
Feb 3rd Feb
Sat 11th Feb (family team)
Fri 17th Feb
Sat 25th Feb (family team)
Sat 3rd March (family team)
Sat 3rd Feb (family team)
More information and bookings can also be made via the website


CERES Global India Cultural Exchange Information Session

Posted in Events by ceres on September 14th, 2011

21 September , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm
20 October , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

When:         Wednesday 21st September 2011 & Thursday 20th October 2011
Time:         6.30 – 8.00pm
Where:       CERES Eco House
Address:   Lee St, East Brunswick, 3058

Learn about how CERES connects with grassroots community development organisations that focus on women’s empowerment, education, health, and climate action, and how you can be involved through a CERES Global culture exchange program.

Earthwatch Australia – get involved!

Posted in Seeking by EarthwatchAustralia on March 1st, 2011

Earthwatch engages regular citizens in scientific field research alongside scientists to work together for a sustainable planet. As a not-for-profit organization, Earthwatch is committed to conserving the diversity and integrity of life on Earth. The need for further research into species, habitat management, agricultural practices due to climate change and natural resource use is significant in order to understand and manage our environment.

Earthwatch involves matching volunteers from around the world to suitable scientific research projects. They also collaborates with global partners on conservation and management plans, and communicate with scientists about proposed research projects.

Anyone can do their part in preserving our natural environment. Join an expedition today!

Wildlife of the Mongolian Steppe

Explore the lives of unique grassland animals, from lesser kestrels to Siberian ibex, to help conserve their wilderness home

Origins of Ankor

By uncovering Southeast Asia’s past, you’ll learn how agriculture, technology, and changing climates affect civilizations.

For more visit for more expeditions and information or check us out on Facebook !

CERES Global: India Travel Program 2011 Update

Posted in Events by ceres on September 30th, 2010

14 October , 2010
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
4 November , 2010
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

With our series of community engagement information sessions wrapped up it’s time to start planning our January trip to India. We have a group of enthusiastic people ready to embark on an exciting journey into rural India to share their skills and experience with local NGOs to help support grass roots projects. CERES Global has been working with local people and NGOs for the last six years to support the implementation of a variety of sustainable projects in rural India to benefit the environment and the local community. This January we will be working across all five community engagement areas (Climate Action; Environmental Education; Schools and Kindergardens; Health; and Empowering Women). Some of the work we will be doing will involve:

- documenting the lives of women who belong to a women’s group outside Pitchandikulum in South India;
– developing and trialling a health education program for young women in the tribal village of Pal in Central India;
– visiting a progressive kindergarten group that doubles as an environmental education and women’s support group in a remote community in the foothills of the Himalayas.

There are still places available so if you are interested in finding out more about these projects or have an interest in another area of community engagement (Climate Action; Environmental Education; Schools and Kindergardens; Health; and Empowering Women) come along to one of our Information Sessions:

When: Thursday 14th October, Thursday 4th November

Where: Eco House, CERES Community Environment Park, Lee St, East Brunswick

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Indian snacks and chai will be provided from 6.30pm.

Please RSVP to Vanessa at or on 9389 0183. For more information please contact Vanessa or go to our website for more information

Volunteer Management Resources

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on December 23rd, 2009

Source: People First

OurSharedResources is a new and free service for those who work in the field of supporting and managing volunteers.

In a nutshell, anyone can add useful (and free) resources so that others in the field can access them. The aim is to avoid re-inventing the wheel time and time again. Resources can be:

  • Downloadable, real-world examples of forms, manuals or position descriptions
  • Templates and tools for creating resources
  • Tips, ideas and how-to resources

In addition, you can request resources from peers and see if they are available globally.

Source: People First

Sustainability Workshops Facilitator (Volunteer)

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on November 13th, 2009

Source: Ethical Jobs


The ‘Otesha Project: Cycling for Sustainability’ is a non-profit organisation that offers bicycle tours and education programs to engage young people about sustainable consumption. Using theatre, multimedia, and interactive workshops, Otesha’s creative focus provides a unique approach to understanding environmental and social justice issues, encouraging young people to become role models and sustainability advocates.  Our new program for Melbourne high schools delivers sustainability workshops to middle school students and aims to increase awareness and inspire them to take action. Our workshops use experiential education techniques to encourage critical thinking and active learning. They are designed to be interactive, engaging and fun. We currently offer four workshops topics climate change, food, consumerism and fair trade.

To ensure this program is sustainable we need assistance. We are looking for a volunteer to work closely with the program coordinator to help promote the program to schools and source workshop bookings, prepare educational materials and resources, help deliver workshops and provide follow up support to students and teachers.  Ideally this person will live in Melbourne and be able to give a half a day to a full day (preferably Monday or Wednesday) to the role. The funky volunteer would have good organisational skills, an understanding of environmental and social justice issues, experience or interest in sustainability education and confidence in presenting to groups of young people would be an advantage.

Applications close: 05 December, 2009.

For more information,  visit Ethical Jobs or contact Anna Haygreen at

Collingwood Children’s Farm – Bringing the Country to the City

Posted in Models, RDAG by Virginia on May 5th, 2009

The Collingwood Children’s Farm is a not-for-profit community resource providing country experiences for city people. It was established in 1979 when a community committee, with support from the former Collingwood City Council, leased a small area of the convent for a Children’s Farm.

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The Committee hoped children living in an urban environment, often without backyards, could learn to care for animals and nature and also have fun outdoors. Local schools and other groups helped with fencing, gardening and animal care. Members of the Greek Elderly Citizens and the Turkish Welfare Group helped clear weeds and carve out the community plots.

Since the 1980s, state and local governments have funded some of the Farm’s costs. State and Federal Labour governments supported the successful bid for a much larger area of land. Now the Collingwood Children’s Farm Committee of Management manages this Crown land site. Service clubs and philanthropic trusts help, but always the largest part of our operational costs comes from entry fees, donations and through the work of volunteers.

This is from “Social Innovations in Victorian Food Systems”, case studies by Ferne Edwards.

Sustainable Living Festival Call for Applications 2009

Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on October 30th, 2008

The Sustainable Living Festival hits the streets of Melbourne in 2009 to inspire sustainable action for our local neighborhoods, homes and communities.

Celebrating its 10th Birthday, the Festival will present a program that will span over two weeks and feature a range of community events that will lead up to the main celebration at Federation Square on the 20-22 February 2009.

Come and be a part of taking sustainability to the streets. For more information on how to participate visit Participate 09.

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