In recognition of National Volunteers' Week we asked Bush Heritage staff to share their thoughts on the value of our volunteer program. Staff from right across the country and all aspects of the organisation were quick to sing the praises of the generous folks who donate their time and expertise to help us achieve our vision: Healthy Country, protected forever.
"Sometimes its hard to believe just how far a good set (or two) of helping hands really goes out here. Our productivity can increase exponentially. Whether it's volunteers helping with those never-ending infrastructure jobs, vegetation surveys or just being around to keep an eye on things while we take a break, it doesn’t matter. It's all so helpful. Also, it's great to be able to show off this beautiful country to our volunteers and supporters. It’s the best opportunity to show people the places we protect and explain the successes and the challenges that we face when managing these landscapes'.
– Clint and Kate Taylor, Reserve Manager and Project Field Officer, Bon Bon Reserve.
"My volunteers are essential to the management of Cravens Peak. They all arrive with different skillsets, which they're keen to apply. They give me energy and inspiration and help get the bigger projects complete but also the routine jobs of maintaining infrastructure – a definite asset to the reserve lifestyle".
– Jane Blackwood, Reserve Manager, Cravens Peak Reserve
"I love my volunteers because they help me stay connected with what’s real about my job – getting things done on the ground. Doing jobs that don’t seem like fun but are because we all enjoy working together. It’s the not-so-glamorous jobs that really matter and make a difference (like weed removal, or building repairs) and because with volunteers we can do amazing collaboration to make things happen".
– Annette Dean, Reserve Manager, Tasmanian Reserves
"Our volunteers are the most amazing people and we couldn't accomplish all that we do on our reserves without them. From repairing guttering to pulling down fences to installing solar panels to monitoring birds and woodland trees, from weeding to monitoring sandpads to supporting donor trips to processing endless camera trap footage – they help us in so many ways – all with good humour, endless patience and incredible passion. Bush Heritage’s success is truly theirs as well: we say a HUGE THANK YOU".
– Elisabeth McLellan, Healthy Landscape Manager, Western Rangelands
"What would we do without our volunteers? They're such a wonderful part of this organisation and give so much to it – through their friendship, commitment and dedication to what we do and their expertise, guidance and sheer hard work. Thank-you everyone, and a special thank you to the wonderful Norma, Eva and Garry who have given, and still give, so much support to the conservation team'.
– Kate Fitzherbert, Conservation Strategies and Systems Manager
"It’s (almost) impossible to quantify the impact that our volunteers have. The breadth of roles they fill is immense, the skills they bring are invaluable, and it never ceases to amaze me how willing people are to assist out of love for the cause. That Bush Heritage can attract such dedicated people is a credit to both those that give their time so readily, and to our organisation. I’ve been fortunate enough to work directly with a number of wonderful volunteer folk throughout my time here in both a field-based and office-based capacity. We truly wouldn’t get half as much done without them!"
– Paul Young, Spatial Information Coordinator, Melbourne