LEND A HAND
Volunteers form the backbone of Arid Recovery and it is thanks to the many hours of volunteering contributed since 1998 that Arid Recovery has managed to achieve so much towards the conservation and restoration of the arid zone.
Volunteers engage in activities ranging from constructing and maintaining the fence and infrastructure, to assisting with research and monitoring, leading tours, manning the market day stall, events, photography, equipment maintenance and so much more. There is bound to be a task that you can not only assist us with, but that you can genuinely enjoy and gain from it, a huge sense of 'putting something back'.
Some tasks such as sewing animal bags for annual trapping can be done from home, even from another State, and many volunteers time their holiday break to coincide with annual trapping or other special events, so there are opportunities for people from all over the world to get involved.
Do you have a spare couple of hours or want to make a trip out of it and visit us for a week? There are so many tasks the staff would love a hand with. We can tailor a volunteer role to your experiences.
WHAT CAN I DO?
Fencing & Reserve Maintenance
In 2016 we will be undertaking a massive task of foot netting our largest expansion, the Dingo Pen. Fencing and Reserve maintenance is ongoing and always in need of a few extra pairs of hands to help out.
Annual Trapping and Ongoing Research
Each year in early March Arid Recovery conducts its annual pitfall and Elliott trapping to monitor reptiles and small mammals inside and outside the Reserve. This is a week-long activity and volunteers must be prepared to participate in the entire week of trapping. It’s a great way to learn about the local ecology of the region. This event is always popular so remember to book early (preference may be given to students studying environmental sciences or those with prior experience). Other volunteers with an environmental science background are required throughout the year for trapping, tracking and radio-tracking and are invited to enquire at anytime.
Feral Control Volunteers
We have permanent traps set around the perimeter of the Reserve to reduce predator pressure and feral rabbit numbers along the fence line, which require daily checks. This role is perfect for local Roxby Downs volunteers who are looking to get outside on weekends and see the sights.
Arid Recovery Tours
Arid Recovery volunteers run tag-along tours of the Reserve. Tours include a guided walk to the viewing platform for sunset then a visit to the nocturnal viewing hide where nocturnal re-introduced species can be observed. Full training & an information manual is provided. This is a very rewarding experience for both the guide and the tourists.
General Fundraising Ideas & Contributions
Do you have any fundraising ideas? Are you keen to help out with events, or with fundraising such as selling raffle tickets?
For further information regarding any of the following volunteer opportunities or to register your interest please contact the Scientific & Education Officer
Phone: 08 8671 2402