ID: 111023

Tracking Wollondilly's Koalas - Night Project -17-02-18

Environment & Conservation Short Term Appin NSW

About this opportunity

From Campbelltown to the Southern Highlands, Sydney’s South-West is home to nationally important populations of koalas virtually on the city’s doorstep and these populations are under serious threat from development & the effects of suburban sprawl.

Over the past year and a half Conservation Volunteers Australia have helped local councils to collect critical data on the local koala populations, as well as restore key koala habitat within the Wingecarribee and Campbelltown LGAs.

Now, join CVA in the next phase of this exciting program as we move onto the Wollondilly Shire (Appin) and help us replicate this effort to conserve the elusive koalas of this region.

The focus of this project day will be assisting government experts with their koala radio-tracking program by tracking collared koalas and collecting data on their location, tree species use and other habitat characteristics.

This is a fabulous opportunity to contribute to cutting edge survey work on a virtually un-studied population of koalas, which is critical in helping understand their distribution & needs. This information will be key to informing local council planning of habitat protection zones to safeguard these koala populations into the future.

PLEASE NOTE: Meeting points:- Our office at 9:00pm, or Appin Sport Field at 9.30pm. Finishing time is approximately 2am, please be flexible with finishing times. Call CVA on 42289246 to specify pick up point please. We will be tracking 2 to 3 koalas on foot in the dark and as we can never be certain where the koalas have moved to within their home range, you must be prepared to walk in some cases up to 5km off-track in the bush. As we will be in the heart of the bush for most of the day, please be prepared to be away from the comforts of a bathroom.

WEAR: sturdy, comfortable walking boots; long pants; long-sleeved shirt; hat; sunscreen; & insect repellent.

BRING: A backpack with water, a head torch, a late night snack & wet weather gear (optional).

Time Required

9pm-2am (including travel time). Transport available if needed.

Good for
  • Travelling/short term volunteers
Interested in
  • Working with Animals

No training or prior experience required, training received on the day.