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Frogs Are Out and Our Surveys Begin

threatened frog speciesHave you heard the frogs calling?

We have, and it’s time for our annual frog monitoring to begin? but
We need volunteers to help us.

Monitoring is held 2 nights per week at various locations across the Sunshine Coast starting Tuesday 27th January through to the end of March 2015.

We normally monitor begween 6-8pm. All equipment is provided and this is a family friendly activity.

Monitoring is co-ordinated by an environmental scientist and volunteers are involved in identifying frogs through sightings and calls. No experience is needed.
We have sites this year at:

  1. Buderim
  2. Eewah Vale
  3. Yaroomba Bushland Reserve, Mt Coolum
  4. Dulong
  5. Noosa National Park – Perigian Site, Coolum

If you are interested in participating for one day or every day then please let us know ASAP by answering some questions about your availability and preferred monitoing sites through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W369Y3F or phone 07 54764777.

Please share with your networks and friends.

Hopping to hear from you soon!

Janine Bedros – Community Engagement Officer

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Summer Newsletter Out Now!

Click here to view the 2014 Summer Newlsetter

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Resume Writing Workshop 25th Nov 9am to 12 pm

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RESUME WRITING Workshop

As University and TAFE draws to a close for the end of 2014, many of you will be thinking about looking for work.  It can be a daunting process applying for a job, so we have created a workshop designed to give you some additional support.

This half day workshop will assist students in developing a resume that will put them in good stead when looking for employment.  In addition, participants will receive assistance with addressing selection criteria, writing a cover letter that will stand out from the crowd, advice on how to get an interview and some tips on interview techniques.

ECOllaboration have been helping students in South East Queensland find employment for over 10 years.  We do this by providing work placement and volunteering opportunities.  During students placements, we spend time with each student, assisting them develop their CV’s and incorporating their practical experience they have gained during their placement, into their resume’s.

ECOllaboration is a not for profit environmental organisation, however the tips and techniques used in this workshop can be applied to any industry, therefore this workshop is not aimed primarily at Environmental Science students.  Everyone is welcome.
During the workshop, students will:

  • Discover how to write a dynamic resume
  • Learn how to prepare a customised cover letter that will get employer’s attention;
  • Find out how to respond effectively to selection criteria in job applications;
  • Learn how to prepare for interviews
  • Learn strategies for responding to behavioural-based interview questions; and
  • Learn how to conduct an effective job search and access the hidden job market.

Bring your laptops or ipads and work on your CV during the session, this ensures you don’t miss out on any important information and you can make better use of the professionals who will be present to help you.

Numbers are limited.  Cost $20 pp includes morning tea

at Maroochy Waterwatch’s Offices, Donaldson Rd, Nambour

Register by contacting Jacqui via email at jacqui [at] ecollaboration [dot] org [dot] au or on (07) 54764777.

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Position Vacant – Business Administrator – Closes 14 Nov

Click here to view position details and selection criteria.  PD Business Administrator Maroochy Waterwatch Oct 2014

All applications must include a CV and a response to each selection criteria

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Annual Report 2014 out now

Click here to view what we have been up to for the year!

Annual Report 2014

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Basket Weaving Workshop with Cat’s Claw Creeper 22nd November

IMG_0826Basket Weaving Workshop with Cat’s Claw Creeper

Beginners class 10am (round baskets)

Advanced class 12:30pm (oval baskets)

Bookings essential by 20th November to info [at] maroochycatchmentcentre [dot] org [dot] au or phone 07 54764777

Cost $50 per workshop.  All materials included in cost.

At Maroochy Waterwatch offices, Donaldson Rd, Nambour


Position Vacant – Community Engagement Officer closes 23rd Oct

Maroochy Waterwatch Inc (soon to be ECOllaboration) is seeking an enthusiastic individual to effectively support the company’s community engagement and volunteering activities.  This will include supporting the community based water monitoring program, fauna surveys, boat operations and litter programs, Friends of Parks program, voluntourism adventures and community support programs.

Applications close 22nd October 2014 and must include cover letter, CV and responses to all selection criteria.  Email applications to cerran [at] maroochycatchmentcentre [dot] org [dot] au or mail to PO Box 311, Nambour Qld 4560.

Click here to view position description Community Engagement Officer Maroochy Waterwatch Oct 2014

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Get Outside and Help Our National Parks

central-station-cg2 Qld GovtECOllaboration has an exciting new program with the Friends of Parks initiative with the call for volunteers just beginning.

In collaboration with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, people will have the opportunity to volunteer in National Parks throughout the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Island.

Cerran Fawns, CEO of ECOllaboration said, “Our National Parks and forests provide huge economic, environmental and social benefits to the region and providing voluntourism services adds another dimension in helping manage the Parks.

The Friends of Parks initiative offered by ECOllaboration will cater to a variety of ages, skill sets and organisations. 

Ms Fawns added, “There are volunteering opportunities throughout the Sunshine and Fraser Coasts in being campground hosts, adopt a track maintenance and weed control, visitor centre management and nursery management”.

The call for volunteers is going out far and wide.  We are interested in hearing from individuals, families, students, community organisations and corporates who want to give their time in improving the environment and helping the rangers manage the National Parks.

The variety of activities on offer enables people to spend a couple hours volunteering to several weeks.

‘We envisage the campground hosting to be a popular activity with the grey nomads as they can holiday for free whilst enjoying the beauty of the National Parks”, she added.

Helping with visitor centre management will suit environment and tourism students and give relevant industry experience whilst the nursery and adopt a track activities will suit the more active volunteers. 

The program provides training and supervision and where applicable there is free camping, barge transfers and driving permits.

To register your interest, email Jacqui Smythe at jacqui [at] ECOllaboration [dot] org [dot] au, phone 07 5313 4059 or visit http://ecollaboration.org.au/community-engagement/friends-of-parks/.

(photo courtesy of the Qld Government)

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Park pals to boost national park management

parklands-hero-resizedEnvironment and wildlife warriors will soon be pulling on the work-boots to help care for parks and forests across the state, thanks to new Friends of Parks contracts worth almost $880,000.

Four organisations have signed on to assist with volunteer campground hosting and visitor services, wildlife monitoring, weed control, revegetating, and park maintenance.

National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said the $1.5 million Friends of Parks initiative had helped the Newman Government deliver on its election commitment to enhance volunteering and “voluntourism” in Queensland’s national parks.

“The Labor Government never funded volunteering programs. This Government is prepared to back the volunteer group with resources to improve our national parks,” Mr Dickson said.

“The successful recipients Wild Mob, Conservation Volunteers Australia, ECOllaboration and Australia Nature Tours are all highly regarded and experienced in the delivery of volunteering services.

“The funding will deliver almost 68,000 volunteer hours to assist in managing some of our most beautiful and iconic national parks from the Gold Coast to the Daintree, on reef islands and inland as far as Carnarvon Gorge.

“These contracts will see more than 20 part-time co-ordinators across the state recruiting, training and supervising community volunteers to help support front-line management of our parks.”
This is the second stage of the community small grants program, which is currently being rolled out across the state.

The contracts were announced at Parklands Conservation Park north of Nambour, where first round Friends of Parks grant recipients the Bushrangers Mountain Bike Club are surfacing and repairing track sections.

Club President Terry Morgan said their $25,000 grant would go a long way.

“We plan to buy a mechanical wheel barrow, Wacker Packer to compact the trail surface, trailer and a variety of hand tools including picks, rakes and shovels,” Mr Morgan said.

“We will also be installing directional posts, trail signs with maps, and trail markers to clearly identify where riders are allowed to go.”

[ENDS] 4 April 2014
Contact: Michelle Buckworth 0418 433 6470418 433 647

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