Phillip Island Nature Parks Volunteer Opportunities


Hooded Plover Watch

HOODED PLOVER - MONITORING

How does the role help protect nature for wildlife?

Hooded Plover Watch is a volunteer group that formed in 1988, in response to growing concern that the endemic Hooded Plover was dramatically declining in population around Phillip Island. Volunteers play an important role in ensuring the continued conservation of our Hooded Plovers and other beach-nesting birds.

What will I be doing?

  • Walk the beaches to locate birds and nests as per Birdlife Australia’s ‘Guidelines for Monitoring Nesting Success of Hooded Plovers’
  • Monitor the birds and/or chicks as per Birdlife Australia’s ‘Guidelines for Monitoring Nesting Success of Hooded Plovers’
  • Record bird locations and activities on the ‘MyBeachBird’ portal

and/or 

  • Provide short interactions (up to 5 mins) with visitors to engage them on our key messages about our conservation work and the environment they’re visiting
  • Use props to engage beach goers e.g. telescope, binoculars etc
  • Help create connections between visitors and Hooded Plover conservation (using the Connect, Understand, Act model)

When is this opportunity available

  • We are looking for people that can commit once or twice a week during the breeding season.  Bulk inductions will happen once each year before the beginning of the breeding season. If you're interested in this role, we will get in contact when this opportunity is available.

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