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Position Advertised: Community Outreach & Events Manager

Join our ranks! Volunteer position available.

Do you rival a colony of ants in your organisational skills? Perhaps a bowerbird is no match for you when it comes to putting on a show? Does meeting new people make you feel more warm and fuzzy than holding a koala ever could? If you answered 'yes' to the above, then you could be Wild Melbourne’s next Community Outreach & Events Manager!

Wild Melbourne is currently taking applications for anyone who wishes to join our volunteer management team. We're looking for someone who is passionate about connecting communities, forging new collaborations, hosting events, and ultimately, enhancing conservation values. If this sounds like you, click the link below for a detailed position description and to send in your application.

Applications will close on May 28.

See the full Position Description here.

For more information, please contact Community Operations Director Leonardo Guida at leonardo.guida@wildmelbourne.org

Community Conservationists: Five Successful Applicants

Wild Melbourne is delighted to announce the successful applicants for our Community Conservationists video series, supported by the Norman Wettenhall Foundation. The application process yielded 36 fantastic applications that demonstrated the breadth and diversity of conservation work being done by the Victorian community.

As you can imagine, choosing just five stories to film out of so many amazing applications has been no easy task. We considered a number of criteria in order to guide our decision-making, including subject, location, conservation value, funding, profile and, of course, the story itself.      

In no particular order, our winners are:

Friends of Brisbane Ranges

The Brisbane Ranges are just west of Melbourne, in box-ironbark country and are home to a very rare marsupial - the brush-tailed phascogale. The Friends of Brisbane Ranges have been working in this unique region planting trees, installing nest boxes for phascogales, and conducting ecological monitoring. This has fostered a collaboration with many organisations, including the involvement of a local high school in the building of nest boxes, with the students also learning about conservation in the process. 

 

 

Connecting Country

This year, Connecting Country celebrates their ten year anniversary. Over the past decade, they have been working in Central Victoria, taking a landscape-scale approach to conservation over a wide region. Much of their work focuses on the conservation of woodland birds in the region through tree-planting and pest control, culminating in an ambitious aim to restore 7,000 Ha of woodland habitat by 2023. 

Connecting Country

Connecting Country

Friends of Bats and Bushcare

Melbourne's Friends of Bats and Bushcare work to conserve one of the city's most iconic, yet misunderstood, animals - the grey-headed flying fox - mostly through public education. This species is one of the few that can live in an urban environment, typified by the Yarra Bend Park colony, but they are still in decline overall. Friends of Bats and Bushcare hope that by teaching the public about flying foxes and maintaining their urban habitat, Melburnians can continue to share the city with the flying foxes into the future. 

Friends of Bats and Bushcare

Friends of Bats and Bushcare

Hindmarsh Landcare

Project Hindmarsh began with an idea - to reconnect the Big Desert with the Little Desert through corridors on roadsides and private land. Twenty years later, after planting 750,000 trees and 3,000km of direct seeding, Hindmarsh Landcare achieved their aim - creating the Little Desert-Big Desert biolink. Through this, Hindmarsh Landcare has also engaged people from the city with the Wimmera region, with hundreds of volunteers participating in the project over its two decades. 

Hindmarsh Landcare Network

Hindmarsh Landcare Network

Wildlife of the Central Highlands

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Wildlife of the Central Highlands (WOTCH) was formed in 2014 by community members and environmental science students who wanted to document the wildlife in the Toolangi State Forest. Since then, they have been conducting citizen science in the Central Highlands by searching for species such as the Leadbeater's possum and the greater glider. Their work has had some very direct conservation outcomes. 


Thank you so much to all our applicants and to the Norman Wettenhall Foundation for their continued support of our organisation and the work that we do to engage Victorians with our natural world.

Cover photo courtesy of Connecting Country.

Wild Melbourne on 3CR

Last Thursday, Wild Melbourne were lucky enough to be interviewed on 3CR radio this week on their program Lost In Science. 

Chris McCormack (Managing Director), Rachel Fetherston (Arts & Philosophy Editor) and Leo Guida (Community Works Manager) were interviewed by the Lost In Science team about our philosophies, and some of the recent projects we've been working on. 

Click on the player below to hear the interview! 

National Biodiversity Month

Across September, Australia celebrated the biodiversity that makes our island continent so unique. Here at Wild Melbourne, we don't think our Victorian species get enough coverage, so we decided to showcase just how diverse our state is! A species for every day of September, collected here in case you missed it. 

Thank you so much to all the photographers that contributed images to our National Biodiversity Month campaign.