Volunteers are the backbone of the Nature Conservation Society; without our volunteer support we could not operate. Volunteers contribute on all levels, from managing the organisation to assisting with fauna and flora surveys and helping out in the office.
Volunteering provides numerous benefits such as; meeting like minded people, learning new skills in conservation and environmental management, gaining valuable work experience, working with knowledgeable and passionate environmentalists, and contributing to the conservation of South Australia's wildlife and habitats.
There is a tremendous array of opportunities for volunteers to become involved in supporting our activities. No matter what your skill level there will be an opportunity suitable for you. Some of the areas available are:
Our quarterly newsletter is compiled each season and we are always on the lookout for help with writing and editing articles. We are soon to launch a new electronic version of our newsletter that will be available through our website. Please contact Helen Vonow if you would like to contribute an article, assist with design or compilation of the newsletter. Follow this link to our Xanthopus page.
The Threatened Plant Action Group holds regular working bees which typically involve various forms of weed removal from sites containing plants under threat from encroachment. These days are a fabulous opportunity to get out to some beautiful regions of the state as well as getting some healthy exercise in the great outdoors. For more details click here.
The Nature Conservation Society is always looking for computer literate volunteers to help out in our office. Tasks might include maintenance of asset inventories, organisation of mail outs and other general office duties. A regular commitment of time, such as a half or full day each week, helps with organisation and is a great opportunity to learn more about the NCSSA and its work. Email our office if you are interested.
The Nature Conservation Society currently conducts bird surveys at key sites in the Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges and the Eyre Peninsula. Whether you are an experienced bird observer or wanting to learn more about bird identification volunteers can assist with the surveys in many ways. Bird surveys are usually conducted in the early morning and depending on the location and travel distances can involve a commitment of anywhere from half a day to a week. This is a great opportunity for environmental studies and natural resource students to learn bird identification skills and survey techniques, experience field work in a variety of habitats across South Australia!
Bushland Condition Monitoring
The Nature Conservation Society currently conducts Bushland Condition Monitoring (BCM) surveys at a large number of sites across the state including the Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges, Northern and Yorke, SA Murray Darling Basin and Eyre Peninsula regions. These surveys provide volunteers an opportunity to learn plant identification skills and survey techniques and assist in building knowledge of the condition of bushland across the state. Depending on the location and travel distances the BCM surveys can involve a commitment of anywhere from a full day to a week.
Walks With Nature
There are many ways in which you can help us deliver Walks with Nature, both on the day and behind the scenes. From the 'meet and greeter' to the 'walk leader' or 'walk organiser', your volunteer assistance is important to help us run each walk. Further information on the various roles and responsibilities can be downloaded here...
Join our committee
Any member with an active interest in the goals of the NCSSA is encouraged to join our Committee. Further information on committee membership can be found here...