Achievements in administration

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on 10 Jun 2014 
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There’s no disputing that we reserve managers have the ‘coolest’ job in this organisation.

Yeh, we may get covered in diesel and dirt, get bogged to the gunnels, face scorching fires, trudge kilometres chasing weeds and put in long days in hot, cold, wet and dry conditions…but we get to do all of those things “out here”…on the reserves , in wonderful natural settings where the fruits of our labour are tangible….and it gives us something to blog about :-)

But, this is not your typical blog article. We don’t have another great fauna sighting to share or a community event to promote. We would actually like to announce an exciting development in administration. Yep, administration.

Over recent months our Qld Ecologist, Murray Haseler, has been tearing just a bit more of that lovely, fuzzy hair out building an Access database that will capture all of our weed survey records and help to produce tables and maps that show what effect our treatment is having on their density and distribution on Yourka Reserve. Today I started entering data. Now that is exciting stuff!!!

And it made me think of all the other staff and volunteers right across this organisation who have the  ‘uncool’ task (no offense intended) of inputting, maintaining and managing data so that we can understand and measure how well we are doing our job, so that we can nurture relationships with supporters and so that we can track the way we spend our money and our time. Add to that the myriad of other office-based roles which are critical to achieving our conservation goals on the ground. We are an incredibly diverse, multi-disciplinary organisation and it is the coming together of all these skills and expertise that results in the best outcomes for the Australian bush.

Whether it be tracking finances or updating supporter details, processing covenants or progress reporting--- these admin tasks may not be ‘sexy’ but they are absolutely critical to how well we perform as an organisation, our level of professionalism and accountability and ultimately how well we honour and retain our supporters, as well as attract new ones.

So, this message goes out to all those staff working at desks, reading our blogs and living ‘vicariously’ through the conservation exploits of BHA field staff…thank you for banging those keyboards, taking the phonecalls, going cross-eyed at spreadsheets, producing maps and reports and for raising the money that underpins conservation land management on our reserves.

Please note, I didn’t include a photo of Murray sitting at a laptop to accompany this message. That wouldn’t have got your attention. Instead, please enjoy some “happy snaps” from the field  ;-)

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