Volunteers form the backbone of Arid Recovery and it is thanks to the many thousands of hours contributed since 1997 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'.

Fencing & Reserve Maintenance

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 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 inquire at any time.

*Positions for the 2019 pitfall trapping survey have been filled.*


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 Community Coordinator.

Phone: 08 8671 2402
Email: admin@aridrecovery.org.au



Arid Recovery offers internships for recent graduates looking to deepen their practical experience in ecology and conservation. This is an opportunity to work with a small team to gain hands-on experience in the spectrum of land management, ecology, research and communications necessary to advance conservation programs.

Interns assist staff in day-to-day operation of Arid Recovery. At various times they are supervised by the Field Ecologist and Community Coordinator, Field and Maintenance Officer, Ecologist, Reintroduction Technical Officer and General Manager doing tasks including:

  • collection and collation of ecological monitoring data (including vegetation surveys, track transects and vertebrate trapping)
  • community engagement through tours, events, market days, school visits
  • written communications and fundraising
  • administrative and housekeeping tasks
  • fence and infrastructure maintenance and feral animal control
  • opportunities to undertake independent research

Accommodation and a living allowance are provided ($75 per week, plus $25 per week for fuel), as well as contribution towards travel to and from Roxby Downs ($600 total). Opportunities for paid casual work (tour guiding, helping on education visits) will be available.

  • 18th February – 17th May 2019
  • 17th June – 13th September 2019

How to apply: Submit your CV and a one-page cover letter addressing the selection criteria to nathan.beerkens@aridrecovery.org.au by 4pm Saturday 1 December. Late applications will not be considered. Please include your name in the filename of all documents and indicate whether you are applying for the February or June intake, or both.

Selection Criteria

  • A Bachelor degree in Science or Environmental Management
  • Some fieldwork experience in ecology and land management
  • A willingness to learn and to take on a range of tasks
  • Physically fit for undertaking manual work outdoors
  • Fluent in English
  • Eligible for living and working in Australia for at least 4 months.
  • Valid driver’s licence
  • 4WD certificate and experience are desirable.
Bringing your own car (for personal use) is advantageous, but not essential.

Accommodation and a living allowance will be provided, as well as a contribution towards travel to and from Roxby Downs. 

Accommodation and a living allowance will be provided, as well as a contribution towards travel to and from Roxby Downs. 


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Arid recovery is a conservation initiative supported by:
adelaide university