Celebrating our incredible Volunteers during National Volunteers Week

on 12 May 2014 
Scottsdale Reserve in NSW is supported by a team of loyal volunteers who contribute across all aspects of reserve management. Left to right are Marj Jones, Bob and Jenny Cooper, Harry and Enid Bentley who form just part of that team.
Volunteer Nursery Coordinator, Sue Connelly, first came to Scottsdale as an "interested local" in 2006. Eight years later she is still coming back- almost daily- to tend to the native seed stock in the Scottsdale Reserve nursery.
BHA staff member, Alex Monday spraying Horehound weed at Nardoo Hills. Weekend weed patrols commence this month at Nardoo.
Volunteering is often a "family affair" on our reserves. Here the Akers family pitches in to dismantle a disused fence on Naree Reserve in NSW.
Di Akers cataloguing plant species during a family working bee at Naree over Easter.
Frank and Ann Ingerwesen get into the garden during a caretaking stint at Boolcoomatta.
Peter and Margie Calder, Dennis Matthews and Mike Chuck working on transforming the old single person's quarters into the Bon Bon museum.
Volunteer Ron McInnes spraying Buffel grass at Bon Bon. Ron, like many of our volunteers has travelled to BH reserves right across the country to get involved in a broad range of tasks- from cactus stabbing to catering.
Brian Crute with Bob and Andrew Ruscoe working on Mongers Well at CDR.Part of the team of volunteers who support our work in "the West".
Community Groups like the Cairns 4WD Club prove they share BHA's vision to protect the Australian Bush and sign up for a working bee at Yourka Reserve.
Bush Heritage partners with a range of community groups and conservation organisations such as Greening Australia, Birds Australia, Waterwatch and many more to host volunteer activities with environmental outcomes.

It’s National Volunteers Week and we'd like to take the opportunity to recognise the dedicated and hard-working volunteers who donate their time and expertise to support Bush Heritage and conservation in Australia.

This year marks 25 years of National Volunteers Week with the theme Celebrate the power of Volunteers.

To commemorate the occasion we've put together a photo gallery of some of the people powering projects right across the country - just a taste of what is happening in the office and in the field.

Volunteers contribute across a broad spectrum of Bush Heritage field and corporate operations, including:

  • weed control to web development,
  • finance assistant to feral animal control,
  • ecological surveys to erosion control, to
  • propagation of native species to policy development and review.
  • and much more.

In the last twelve months, volunteers have contributed over 14,000 hours to our operations in more than 15 activity areas.

Volunteers support work on priority tasks from our conservation and business plans and, in some cases, lead projects like working bees and ecological surveys. They even join us as Bush Heritage ambassadors at community engagement and fundraising events.

Bush Heritage currently has 430 active volunteers in our program and 70 more people who have completed an application and are waiting for an opportunity to get involved.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life – they are students, natural resource management professionals, keen naturalists, interested locals, young families, retirees, Bush Heritage staff and relatives …all united by a shared conservation vision and a strong desire to do something about it.

They are the conservation community that we build up around our reserves. They are the people we call on when we need someone to care-take, and they are ‘the cavalry’ on the bigger jobs like fencing, data entry, mapping rabbit warrens and clearing tracks after cyclones. They are often the quiet worker in the office who is busily scanning documents or inputting data when we can’t find enough hours in the day.

And when we ask our Volunteers how they want to be thanked…they say “just give us something meaningful to do and let us do it”.

On behalf of Bush Heritage I would like to say THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS for the power you bring to our organisation. Your enthusiasm and your efforts are inspirational … and you are making a meaningful contribution to the conservation of our precious landscapes and species, safeguarding them for the future.

Scottsdale Reserve in NSW is supported by a team of loyal volunteers who contribute across all aspects of reserve management. Left to right are Marj Jones, Bob and Jenny Cooper, Harry and Enid Bentley who form just part of that team.
Volunteer Nursery Coordinator, Sue Connelly, first came to Scottsdale as an "interested local" in 2006. Eight years later she is still coming back- almost daily- to tend to the native seed stock in the Scottsdale Reserve nursery.
BHA staff member, Alex Monday spraying Horehound weed at Nardoo Hills. Weekend weed patrols commence this month at Nardoo.
Volunteering is often a "family affair" on our reserves. Here the Akers family pitches in to dismantle a disused fence on Naree Reserve in NSW.
Di Akers cataloguing plant species during a family working bee at Naree over Easter.
Frank and Ann Ingerwesen get into the garden during a caretaking stint at Boolcoomatta.
Peter and Margie Calder, Dennis Matthews and Mike Chuck working on transforming the old single person's quarters into the Bon Bon museum.
Volunteer Ron McInnes spraying Buffel grass at Bon Bon. Ron, like many of our volunteers has travelled to BH reserves right across the country to get involved in a broad range of tasks- from cactus stabbing to catering.
Brian Crute with Bob and Andrew Ruscoe working on Mongers Well at CDR.Part of the team of volunteers who support our work in "the West".
Community Groups like the Cairns 4WD Club prove they share BHA's vision to protect the Australian Bush and sign up for a working bee at Yourka Reserve.
Bush Heritage partners with a range of community groups and conservation organisations such as Greening Australia, Birds Australia, Waterwatch and many more to host volunteer activities with environmental outcomes.