04 Feb Introducing Kimberley, our new Volunteer Coordinator!
Hello from NGT’s new Volunteer Coordinator! My name’s Kimberley and I’ve just started volunteering with NGT, helping out with volunteer management. There are some great ideas amongst NGT staff on how volunteers can contribute to the organisation’s work, and I’m hoping to compile all of this information and turn it into some excellent opportunities for people to get involved! By streamlining the process we hope that volunteering with NGT will be a more rewarding experience for our supporters (whom we highly value!).
A little bit about me – I studied environmental science, environmental studies, botany and European studies at the University of Melbourne and since graduating in 2010, I’ve had a pretty varied career, working in climate change, energy efficiency, international development and education.
I returned to Mount Gambier several months ago, after spending a year working in Sweden as a relief teacher and then doing some travelling around Europe. Now that I’m back in Australia, I’m keen to get back into the environmental field, particularly sustainability, climate change or natural resource management. So while I look for a job, I’ll be helping out at NGT and trying to make it as easy as possible for volunteers to make a meaningful contribution!
Speaking of which, it’s time for the next working bee at Kurrawonga in Nelson, Victoria!
Saturday, 9th of February, 2019
9 am until 2 pm (Victorian time)
Bring: Lunch, snacks and drinking water (tea and coffee provided). BYO chainsaw/hand saw and gloves if you prefer your own gear.
Wear: Hat, enclosed shoes and long pants, as snakes are regularly sighted at this time of year.
The main activities for this event will be woody weed control, setting up camera traps, installing new nest boxes and checking existing nest boxes. There is also the opportunity to just come and explore the property if you don’t have lots of time or aren’t able to contribute to these tasks.
If you would like to come along to the working bee, please RSVP to Kurrawonga caretaker Nicole Mojonnier on 0414 778 309 or via email by this Friday, 8th of February, to ensure there are enough tools and gloves available for everyone.
I’m really keen to get my hands dirty in on-ground conservation works here in my home region, and looking forward to getting to know many of you too! In the meantime, if you have any queries about volunteering opportunities with NGT, please get in touch. See you out there!