Idalia Recovery Organisation of Students (iROOS)

Idalia Recovery Organisation of Students (iROOS) organises several trips a year to national parks and reserves across Queensland to help local rangers with flora and fauna surveying, and maintenance.

Providing hands-on practical field experience and the chance to apply management skills taught in class, these trips have real-world application in conservation careers.

iROOS was formed by ecology and environmental science students in 2007 after they identified a chance to contribute on a field trip to Idalia National Park, near Blackall in western Queensland.

The park is home to yellow-footed and bridled nailtail wallabies, and for a decade iROOS members have helped monitor these and other macro pod species around waterholes. Volunteers have also developed data sets that are relevant to local conservation challenges.

iROOS has since expanded its program to other parks around Queensland.

Recent trips and events include:

  • performing transects at random sites around Heron Island trialling three survey methods
  • spring rehabilitation at Edgbaston Reserve (with Bush Heritage Australia)
  • fencing and conservation programs in the Mitchell region (with South West NRM Pty Ltd)
  • attendance at the World Environmental Education Congress.

iROOS began as a self-funded group, and is now supported by our School, and Bush Heritage Australia.

For more information, contact iROOS

Terrestrial opportunities

Our students with an interest in ecology volunteer on a range of community and research projects - from bushcare group activities to wildlife monitoring. 

See the latest student opportunities on our Ecology at UQ volunteering pages

Marine science opportunities

From beach clean-ups to counting coral, our students with an interest in marine science seek to add to their student experience by volunteering.

See the latest student opportunities advertised on our Centre for Marine Science volunteering pages