Updates from the Volunteer Advisory Committee - Science and Research

By Trish Macdonald 
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on 24 Feb 2017 

Over the past year we've been reviewing the involvement of volunteers in the Bush Heritage science and monitoring programs and have undertaken an assessment of our volunteer skills and experiences within the scientific realm.

Surprisingly, a large number of our volunteers have qualifications within the sciences and currently work in paid environmental and conservation roles and then choose to volunteer their time to support Bush Heritage. 

  • 13% are recent natural science graduates or current students
  • 9% are science graduates with relevant work experience
  • 10% are other graduates with relevant land management experience, and
  • 3% have other science-type backgrounds (such as GIS/Statistics) which are valuable skills.

These skills provide an amazing resource and we're keen to be able to recognise people's knowledge and experience and use it for the benefit of Bush Heritage and conservation. Over the rest of this year we'll be exploring different ways that the science program may involve volunteers that have scientific expertise.

It's exciting to think of the opportunities that the involvement of volunteers with scientific expertise can bring to Bush Heritage and to conservation.

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