Join the VNPA NatureWatch program and monitor threatened species around Victoria

Short term volunteer role

NatureWatch brings together community groups, scientists and land managers to develop and manage projects that get volunteers out into the field monitoring native plants and animals.
The information they gather is then used to understand more about the health of Victoria's natural environment, and how we can better look after it.

How do I volunteer?
Getting involved with NatureWatch is a fun and important way of contributing to nature conservation in Victoria. Our volunteers can end up doing anything from counting leaves on a threatened plant species, listening to frog calls or even setting up motion-sensing cameras to monitor forest mammals. Current nature watch activities include: Caught on Camera - using motion sensor cameras to find endangered wildlife; grasslands and threatened species monitoring; and the Grass Tree monitoring project.

Monitoring usually runs for a single day and is a great way of meeting other people interested in nature and science, sharing skills you may already have in this field and learning from others.

What do I get out of NatureWatch?
You get to work with a great team of volunteers and meet people from a wide age range with an interest in nature, build your skills and experience in nature conservation, networking with people into conservation, and get out in the bush.

What skills do I need?
Full training is provided to all volunteers, so whether you are a beginner or experienced ecologist, we would love to have you onboard.

Why monitor?
There is so much we still need to learn about nature in Victoria if we are to manage our natural areas for conservation. Leading scientists agree that one of the best ways of better managing our natural areas is to learn more about them:

There is an extraordinary scarcity of systematic long term data sets on the status of flora, fauna and natural resources in Victoria. There is a clear need for systematic, long term monitoring of biodiversity across the state.

- Bennett, A and A.Haslem, D.Cheal, M.Clarke, R.Jones, J.Lake, L.Lumsden, I.Lunt, B. Mackey, P.Menkhorst, T.New, G.Newell, T.O' Hara, G.Quinn, J.Radford, D.Robinson, J. Watson, A.Yen (2007) Ecological Processes: A key element in strategies for conserving biodiversity in Victoria. Submission to the White Paper- Call for Submissions.

Nature Watch is supported by the Rowe Family Foundation, managed by Perpetual.

To get involved contact NatureWatch coordinator Christine Connelly at or 9341 6510 (Thur/Fri) and sign up to our NatureWatch e-bulletin to hear about our upcoming monitoring events.

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