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 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
Email: admin@aridrecovery.org.au


Arid Recovery is offering 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. 

Arid Recovery is a conservation research initiative based in the South Australian outback and dedicated to the restoration of Australia’s arid lands. Established in 1997, the program is centred around a 123km2 fenced reserve. Feral cats, rabbits and foxes have been eradicated from a total of 60km2 and four species of locally extinct threatened mammals reintroduced. The remaining 63km2 of fenced compartments are the focus of innovative conservation research projects. 

Arid Recovery is partnered with BHP Billiton, the SA Department for Environment & Natural Resources and the University of Adelaide.

Role description

Interns will assist staff in day-to-day operation of Arid Recovery. At various times you will be working with and supervised by the Science and Education Officer, Field and Maintenance Officer, Regional Ecologist, and General Manager. You will undertake a diverse range of tasks including:

  • collection and collation of ecological monitoring data (including vegetation survey, track transects and vertebrate trapping),
  • community engagement through tours, events, market days and school visits,written communications and fundraising,
  • administrative and housekeeping tasks, and
  • fence and infrastructure maintenance and feral animal control
  • opportunities to undertake independent research.
Dates: 13th February – 12th May Accommodation and a living allowance will be provided, as well as a contribution towards your travel to and from Roxby Downs. 

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
  • Valid driver’s licence
  • 4WD certificate and experience are desirable
  • Eligible for living and working in Australia.
How to apply: Please submit your CV and a one-page cover letter to admin@aridrecovery.org.au by the 20th of January


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