Helmeted Honeyeater Volunteer Opportunities, VIC (Ongoing)

Helmeted Honeyeater Volunteer Opportunities, VIC (Ongoing)

As it enters its 30th year of operation, the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater Inc. is looking beyond its existing membership for people who may wish to become involved in leading generational change for this highly respected and successful organisation.

We work in close partnership with other organisations, and through our collective efforts we have brought the Helmeted Honeyeater back from the brink of extinction - since our inception, the number of Helmeted Honeyeaters in the wild has quadrupled from 50 to over 200 today.

The Committee of Management is keen to extend and deepen the range and depth of skills of the Committee. Accordingly, we invite enquiries from anyone who would like to join and contribute to our future strategic direction in any of the roles of the Committee of Management including those of Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President.

People with experience in leadership roles, and those with conservation, financial, educational, IT or communication skills are especially welcome.

We have five part-time staff, a stable membership (averaging 225 to 230 over the past 4 years), and a very strong volunteer base (over 135 regular volunteers and many more occasional volunteers).

We operate within and adjoining the Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve, 50 km east of Melbourne, to secure the future of the Helmeted Honeyeater (Victoria’s bird emblem) and the lowland variety of the Leadbeater’s Possum (Victoria’s faunal emblem), both critically endangered species. The Reserve is also home to other endangered and vulnerable species, including the endangered Lewin’s Rail, the vulnerable Swamp Skink, the uncommon Spotless Crake, together with a host of other species such as the Southern Emu Wren and the Growling Grass Frog. We have a whole of habitat approach rather than a single species focus.

The Friends have several closely interrelated programs to achieve our aim of increasing the quantity and quality of habitat. To this end we have operated a successful social enterprise for more than two decades - a well-recognised indigenous plant nursery with more than fifty volunteers. More volunteers are very welcome.

Other volunteer opportunities include seed collection (the Friends have a license to collect seed), revegetation projects, supplementary feeding of captive bred birds that have been released and monitoring the number and health of the population in the wild. 

The Friends are closely involved with local schools and community groups, including local Landcare groups. We have Deductible Gift Recipient Status and have recently received support from leading philanthropic trusts such as The Myer Foundation, the R E Ross Trust and the Helen McPherson Smith Trust. Our Public Fund Committee, which meets quarterly, would welcome expressions of interest from people with an interest and background in fundraising and philanthropy.

Anyone with an interest in becoming involved in any of these roles are encouraged to contact us at our office on 03 5964 8341, via email us at heho1@optusnet.com.au or speak to our Vice President Alan on 0411 245 425 or Secretary Marita on 0487 048 225.

Photo: Andrew Silcocks

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