volunteers

Wildlife Queensland simply wouldn’t exist without volunteers. The not-for-profit Society began as a volunteer organisation and volunteers remain at the very heart and soul of everything we do.

“Wildlife Queensland was founded, fostered and promoted by volunteers giving of their time and passion. When Don Henry was appointed Director in March 1982 the situation did not change then nor has it changed today. Wildlife Queensland would not be the organisation it is without the efforts of, and the reliance on, our volunteers.”  ͟͟   Des Boyland, Policies and Campaigns Manager, Wildlife Queensland

We are enormously grateful to the many committed individuals who generously volunteer their time and support to Wildlife Queensland in the following areas:

  • wildlife conservation project work and scientific surveys (involving activities such as setting up camera traps, survey work, nest box installation and monitoring)
  • land management (involving activities such as weeding and planting)
  • policy and campaign work
  • fundraising assistance
  • administration and general office duties
  • event coordination, baking and stall management.

“Providing volunteers with opportunities to be a part of wildlife conservation is a large part of why we exist; it is all about sparking interest and empowering our supporters to do their little bit for wildlife.”  ͟͟   Matt Cecil, Projects Manager, Wildlife Queensland

We welcome all enquiries from potential volunteers, so if you think volunteering with Wildlife Queensland might be for you, please email us at wpsq@wildlife.org.au. For specific project-related volunteer enquiries, please see contact details on our project pages.

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Meet our volunteers

Meet some of our amazing volunteers.

 

Tamielle Brunt

Tamielle in her element, conducting platypus eDNA surveys.

Tamielle Brunt (UQ PhD candidate)

Wildlife Queensland volunteer since 2015

Q. What sort of tasks do you perform or assist with as a volunteer with Wildlife Queensland?

Tamielle: I help with the PlatypusWatch Network. This includes the annual fieldwork for the eDNA project, drafting reports, writing news articles and promoting platypus conservation through local community workshops, presentations, emails and social media posts.

I’ve also been lucky to help with the Queensland Glider Network program, checking nest boxes!

Q. What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

Tamielle: I have been able to travel around lovely areas of south-east Queensland to complete fieldwork. I probably would never have chosen to go to these places otherwise and have stumbled across some hidden gems of nature reserves.

I’ve also met interesting and inspiring people who fight for nature conservation which continues to motivate me in my wildlife research.

Q. Do you have any favourite memories you would like to share with us?

Tamielle: While sampling water for the eDNA project in the upper North Pine River we saw a platypus just upstream. That sample definitely came back positive.

I also had a fieldwork fail moment when a filter popped off the end of the syringe while pushing water through. So, of course, I reached in after it thinking I could get it but ended up a bit soggy instead. But I had to laugh at myself and luckily it was a lovely sunny day!


John Hutt

Artistic image of John’s shadow

John J Hutt

Wildlife Queensland volunteer since 2000

Q. What sort of tasks do you perform or assist with as a volunteer with Wildlife Queensland?

John: I help with data entry, member enquiries and details, and magazine subscriptions.

Q. What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

John: Meeting like-minded people of all ages.

Q. Do you have any favourite memories you would like to share with us?

John: My favourite memory is the excursion to the Bilby Fence opening at Currawinya in 2001. The fence was funded by generous donations (with a large amount raised by Wildlife Queensland) and built with the assistance of many volunteers. It was a memorable excursion and wonderful to mix with other members.


Maryann Kenney

Maryann decorating the WPSQ office, Christmas 2019

Maryann Kenney

Wildlife Queensland volunteer since 2014

Q. What sort of tasks do you perform or assist with as a volunteer with Wildlife Queensland?

Maryann: When I first started at the original Wildlife Queensland Brisbane office, I became the Richmond Birdwing Conservation Network (RBCN) Assistant Project Manager, helping the (former) RBCN Project Manager Debbie-Sue with office duties i.e. entering data, spreadsheet work, organizing RBCN Membership Packs, typing correspondence etc., even going along to an RBCN Annual Meeting at Maleny with Debbie-Sue and helping at the event.

I have also volunteered in field research/monitoring for the Queensland Glider Network with other volunteers, at various conservation parks around Brisbane and surrounding areas.

Other tasks I have are banking, answering telephones, crafty work, pricing/packing merchandise and helping send the Wildlife Australia magazines out every quarter with the mail out. For the past few months, I’ve been doing a lot of scanning of documents, ready to be archived! Getting towards the end of that huge task!

Q. What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

Maryann: Being part of a team that shares the same passion for protecting our amazing wildlife. The role is also very educational – I’ve learnt so much about different animal species from hearing stories from other volunteers and staff members. I enjoy passing that information onto others and raising awareness about Wildlife Queensland. Finally, to come into the office each week with positive, focused, supportive team members, brings a great sense of contentment.

Q. Do you have any favourite memories you would like to share with us?

Maryann: Celebrating my birthday a couple of years ago at the Brisbane office. It was a lovely surprise from Janelle and others which made my day!


Beth Pegg

Wildlife Queensland volunteer since 1972

Q. What sort of tasks do you perform or assist with as a volunteer with Wildlife Queensland?

Beth: I joined Wildlife Queensland in 1972 in Townsville and was on the committee there. I retired and moved to Brisbane in 1994 and have been volunteering with Wildlife Queensland head office since then. I used to come into the office two days per week to do the Society’s banking. In the 1990s, there were no credit cards and no PayPal! Now I come in one day per week to do the banking.

Q. What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

Beth: I used to love going out on field trips in Townsville. Now I enjoy going into the Wildlife Queensland office as I can keep abreast of the latest issues affecting wildlife and what we’re surveying. When I retired, I was the senior teacher at the school. I feel like that in the office! 🙂

Everybody is very friendly and helpful. There’s always someone willing and able to help with packaging up and sending out the magazine.

When my granddaughter was staying with me, she used to come into the office and even completed two weeks of work experience with Wildlife Queensland.


Rensche

Rensche in the Wildlife Queensland head office

Rensche Schep

Wildlife Queensland volunteer since 2016

Q. What sort of tasks do you perform or assist with as a volunteer with Wildlife Queensland?

Rensche: When I first came on board, I digitally catalogued the old Wildlife Queensland library card system.

For the past two years, I’ve been putting the Wildlife Australia magazine information into digital spreadsheets, and am pleased to say, although still in process, it’s been used and sourced for information. This is an ongoing task, with much more still to be done.

Q. What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

Rensche: I find the tasks worthy, enjoyable and satisfying. I enjoy contributing to wildlife and environmental causes. My life revolves around conservation and art.


Helen at the Bird Hide project opening.

Helen Thomas

Wildlife Queensland volunteer since 1989

Q. What made you choose to volunteer with Wildlife Queensland?

Helen: I met some members of the Caboolture Branch at a display, asked about the organisation, heard their story and decided that I would like to help in the preservation of our local habitat.

Q. What’s your favourite thing about this organisation?

Helen: The fact that Wildlife Queensland is a statewide organisation, and has local branches keeping an eye on issues in the various regions.

Q. What’s one of your most memorable moments volunteering with Wildlife Queensland?

Helen: One of the memorable days for the Moreton Bay Branch, newly named to reflect the name of the recently amalgamated local Council region, was the Family Day held at the Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre. This highly successful day attracted a large crowd from 9.00 am until 2.00 pm and featured displays, speakers, guided walks around the rainforest, children’s entertainers and activities, food and the reopening of the recently restored frog pond and surrounding habitat. The restoration project was the winning entrant in the 2013 Your Voice for Your Wildlife Awards.


Jenny Thynne

Jenny holding a quoll at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Jenny Thynne

Wildlife Queensland volunteer since 2007

Q. What sort of tasks do you perform or assist with as a volunteer with Wildlife Queensland?

Jenny: Photo searching for Wildlife Australia magazine which I love and have done for six years, and helping with magazine mailouts. Before that, I did admin work for some of the projects, particularly the Richmond Birdwing Conservation Network and Wildlife Land Fund.

Q. What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

Jenny: The feeling and hope that I am making a difference for wildlife and the environment in my own small way. Also, the wonderful people I work with.

Q. Do you have any favourite memories you would like to share with us?

Jenny: I loved working on our stalls on Threatened Species Day, university orientation days and similar events where I could inform people about what we do and about the creatures on projects etc., working with (the late) Holly Bryant, sitting beside Professor Michael Archer at the 2019 annual Wildlife Queensland dinner (I was a volunteer on a fossil dig at Riversleigh in 1986, so it was wonderful reminiscing with him).


Maureen at the 2018 Eco Expo.

Maureen Tottenham

Wildlife Queensland volunteer since 2001

Q. What made you choose to volunteer with Wildlife Queensland?

Maureen: It was a community group about education and conservation of the environment.

Q. What’s your favourite thing about this organisation?

Maureen: The friendships I have made throughout the years and the adventures we have been on.

Q. What’s one of your most memorable moments volunteering with Wildlife Queensland?

Maureen: When doing MangroveWatch I would always end up with mud from head to toe.

 


Pene installing greater glider nest boxes.

Penelope Webster

Wildlife Queensland volunteer since 2017

Q. What made you choose to volunteer with Wildlife Queensland?

Pene: I have always had a passion for wildlife management and conservation. I wanted to have the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience with different fieldwork techniques and expand my knowledge of different species.

Q. What’s your favourite thing about this organisation?

Pene: The organisation has always been very welcoming and accommodating to its volunteers and I have gained a number of great friendships along the way.

Q. What’s one of your most memorable moments volunteering with Wildlife Queensland?

Pene: The most memorable moment I have had volunteering at Wildlife Queensland was when our first greater glider was found using a nest box. After 12 long months of waiting, it was very rewarding to finally see our efforts were successful. I hope that I gain many more memories like this through the organisation.

Editor’s note: Pene established the Wildlife Qld Student Hub in 2019. The hub is a network of students and recent graduates who share a passion for wildlife and the environment. Find out more about the Wildlife Qld Student Hub and JOIN NOW.