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11 July 2019

Volunteer at the Five Mile Beach captive breeding facility

Volunteers are needed to assist with gardening and animal care at the new Orange-bellied Parrot (OBP) breeding facility at Five Mile Beach (near the Hobart Airport). 

OBPs (Neophema chrysogaster) are critically endangered with fewer than 50 birds remaining in the wild. The Orange-bellied Parrot Tasmanian Program at Five Mile Beach breeds OBPs in captivity for release to the wild, and as insurance against species extinction.

Volunteer Activities

Animal care: daily feeding rounds, preparing food and enrichment items, bird observations and basic record keeping, and cleaning aviaries, dishes and equipment.

Gardening: preparing and maintaining OBP foraging gardens, maintaining landscape plantings, gathering browse, weeding, and potting, growing and watering plants for aviaries.

Selection Criteria

To undertake these activities, volunteers should demonstrate their skills, knowledge and experience in:
Animal Care
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good observational skills
  • Ability to accurately record information
  • Willingness and ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Willingness to work outdoors in a range of weather conditions
  • Availability to commit a minimum 150 hours preferred; timeframe is negotiable
  • Weekly attendance is required to ensure recall of duties
Gardening
  • Experience growing plants and weeding
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness and ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Willingness to work outdoors in a range of weather conditions
  • Availability to commit a minimum 40 hours preferred; timeframe is negotiable

Volunteers are invited to apply for a minimum period (see Selection Criteria) over a negotiable timeframe. Shorter commitments may be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Volunteers are provided with personal protective equipment relevant to the volunteer activities as well as induction and support from DPIPWE's OBP Tasmanian Program.

To apply, please provide:
  • One to two page covering letter outlining your experience, skills, knowledge and ability as they relate to the Volunteer Activities and Selection Criteria
  • A copy of your current Resumé/CV
  • Your available start date and availability eg “I'm available to volunteer every Tuesday and Friday for four hours"

Applications close Thursday 25 July 2019. 

For more information and to submit your application please email OBP.Program@dpipwe.tas.gov.au



4 July 2019

Volunteers wanted at Melaleuca

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) is seeking volunteers to monitor the wild population of the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot (OBP) at Melaleuca in Tasmania's South West.

Volunteer activities include observing and recording birds of multiple species, providing supplementary feed for OBPs, cleaning feed tables and managing remote cameras.

To undertake these activities, volunteers should demonstrate their skills, knowledge and experience in relation to the following selection criteria:
  • Ability to live in a remote and isolated location for a two or four-week period
  • Confidence travelling on light aircraft
  • Ability to accurately identify bird species and ID bands with a spotting scope
  • Ability to accurately record data on datasheets and electronic apps
  • Ability to walk up to 6km per day on uneven ground and carry weights of up to 7kg
  • Current first aid qualifications, or obtain them prior to volunteering
  • Well-developed interpersonal and oral communication skills 
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
Volunteers are invited to apply to spend four weeks at Melaleuca between the 24 September 2019 and 7 May 2020. Shorter shifts (a minimum of two weeks) may be considered.

Volunteers work in pairs, and pairs already known to each other are encouraged to apply.

Volunteers are provided with light aircraft flights from Hobart to Melaleuca, accommodation in a rustic hut, PPE relevant to the volunteer activities, and induction and support from DPIPWE.

Volunteers must provide their own food, sleeping bag, and clothing suitable to the often adverse field conditions at Melaleuca, Tasmania.

To apply please provide the following:
  • One to two page covering letter outlining your experience, skills, knowledge and ability as they relate to the Volunteer Activities, Selection Criteria and living conditions
  • a copy of your current Resumé/CV, and
  • your available start dates and periods of availability according to the schedule below
Applications close on Friday 2 August 2019.

For more information and to submit your application please email OBP.Program@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Applicants are also encouraged to contact Friends of OBP Branch of Wildcare Inc to learn about the benefits of joining Wildcare.

Scheduled start dates: 24/9/2019, 8/10/2019, 22/10/2019, 5/11/2019, 19/11/2019, 3/12/2019, 17/12/2019, 31/12/2019, 14/01/2020, 28/01/2020, 11/02/2020, 25/02/2020, 10/03/2020, 24/03/2020, 07/04/2020, 21/04/2020.

Period: 4 weeks (preferred) or 2 weeks



 

Contact

Orange-bellied Parrot Tasmanian Program
Natural Values Conservation Branch
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Email: OBP.Program@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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