Volunteering can be a rewarding experience for people of all ages! Volunteers make new friends, learn new things, share knowledge, have fun and keep fit. Volunteers play an important role in the management of natural resources across the Eyre Peninsula. Their contribution of time, energy, knowledge, expertise and skills, equipment and resources is extremely valuable. One of our most important assets in the region is our communities, and we highly value the contribution made by volunteers.
There are many opportunities to volunteer in the Eyre Peninsula region with either Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula or a range of other groups. Whatever the amount of time you can spare as a volunteer we will work with you to find something that fits with you, supports us, and helps the environment. The region has over 20 groups and individuals participating in volunteer activities. If you would like to be involved, please contact us.
If you are interested in volunteering with Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula we ask that you complete this form: Volunteer Registration Form and we look forward to hearing from you.
Volunteering with Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula
Volunteering opportunities include working with our staff on events and activities, either one off or on a regular basis. We can also connect you with established volunteer groups and organisations that undertake a variety of natural resource management activities. Key groups include Friends of Parks, Progress Associations and Landcare groups. If you are interested in volunteering with Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula, please contact us.
Volunteers play an important part in our monitoring programs, and we are always looking for people interested in our marine debris surveys, citizen science and bird monitoring.
Hooded plover monitoring
Hooded Plovers (Thinornis rubricollis) are a nationally Vulnerable threatened shorebird species that lives along the Eyre Peninsula’s coast. They nest almost exclusively on beaches and in dune systems close to surf beaches. Their population is in decline. Natural Resources EP supports a hooded plover territory monitoring program developed by Birdlife Australia, where volunteers monitor nesting attempts. Information on key threats are also recorded to help inform site specific local management decisions.
A national Hooded plover population count (census) is undertaken by volunteers and support staff alike every two years across all appropriate habitat in southern Australia.Other beach-nesting birds such as Oyster catchers, Red-capped plovers and Fairy terns are also recorded during this comprehensive survey. Natural Resources EP coordinates counting on Eyre Peninsula. The next survey due - November 2018. Please contact us for more information (phone 8688 3111).
Migratory shorebirds monitoring
Migratory shorebirds are only temporary visitors to Australia during Spring and Summer. During Autumn, the majority of adult birds depart our coastline and fly up to 13000 km to breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere. During Summer (Jan/Feb) Birdlife Australia coordinate a national count of key shorebird areas across the country, a number of which occur along Eyre Peninsula’s coast. Volunteers and Natural Resources EP help to coordinate counts across Eyre Peninsula. New volunteers are always welcome to register their interest in helping with any of the above surveys. Please contact us for more information (phone 8688 3111).
Volunteering with other groups
Whether you live in the Eyre Peninsula region or not, there are a number of organisations that may have volunteering opportunities for you. These organisations include:
It is important that volunteers can access training opportunities to ensure they are operating as safely and as effectively as possible. If your volunteer group is interested in undertaking training in any topic please contact us for assistance in sourcing appropriate training. A variety of training opportunities are provided free of charge and are provided by the Office for Volunteers SA, Volunteering SA & NT and Conservation Volunteers Australia.
Volunteer work health and safety and insurance
Volunteers are recognised as a key part of Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula and we are committed to their health and safety. Volunteers working in partnership with us on public and private land may be covered by SAICORP insurance. Contact us for more information.
Starting a new volunteer group
Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula can provide advice and insurance to new groups who wish to undertake natural resources management activities within the Eyre Peninsula region. To register a new group, please contact us.
This project is supported by the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board, through funding from the Australian Government.