Find a student or graduate volunteer position working with ecology researchers or teachers, in the lab or field.

Eagle ray collection in Moreton Bay

Job position: volunteer work

Closing date: 12 August, 2019

Location: Moreton Bay Research Station

Contact: Chris Lawson​ at

Job details: I'm looking for volunteers to help with bringing live eagle rays back to Moreton Bay Research Station.

Essentially this would involve heading to UQ's Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island, and we would take a boat out on the bay to meet up with commerical fisherman who often get eagle rays as by-catch and release them. The plan is to grab some rays and return them to the station alive.

The work involves daytrips, and no boating licence is required.

Email me for more details.

Connecting habitats at Samford eco-corridor

Job position: volunteer work

Closing date: 31 August 31, 2019

Location: Samford

Contact: Marina Richardson at

Job details: The Samford Eco-Corridor project began in 2013 with the aim of restoring biodiversity to waterways and connecting riparian habitats along the South Pine River. Since the program’s inception, over 6000 trees have been planted to recreate a section of “Gallery Rainforest on Alluvial Plains”, a habitat type that is currently not protected in any Queensland reserves. The project site contains 120 species of native plants and provides critical habitat for threatened species such as koalas and platypus.

Join CVA as we support the collective efforts of different stakeholder groups including Land For Wildlife property owners, UQ, MBRC Bushcare volunteers and the Brisbane Rainforest Information and Action Network to connect riparian zones along the South Pine River!

This project is a great way to network and gain hands on skills for a career in conservation while making a real difference to our environment.

If this project is fully booked but you are able to make your way to and from the project site we would love to have you on board, simply contact our Brisbane office via phone or email and we can manually add you on to the project.

Remember to wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, enclosed shoes, a hat, sunglasses and please bring your lunch and plenty of water.

Find out more: Connecting Habitats at Samford Eco-Corridor

Diving boat driver

Job position: volunteer work

Closing date: 5 September, 2019

Location: Heron Island, Queensland

Contact: James Cant at

Job details: We're looking for a boat driver to join us on a five-day research trip to Heron Island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. The dates for the trip are from 18 to 23 September 2019. You will need to get to Brisbane early on 17  September so that we can depart for the Heron Island ferry port in Gladstone, ready for our island transfer on September 18. The team will return to Brisbane on 23 September. All expenses between leaving and returning to Brisbane will be covered by the research project. 

The project team will revisit coral sites around Heron Island to measure the growth, survival and reproduction of coral colonies tagged in September 2018. The team consists of four PhD researcher divers from the UK and UQ, and the volunteer's role would be to drive the boat between survey sites and Heron Island Research Station.

Heron Island is a remote but stunning island location, and there will be time on the trip for reef snorkelling (weather permiting). Prior experience of working on Heron Island is not essential as training is given by research station boating staff, however applicants must have prior boating experience and a current boat driver's licence and boat radio licence valid for use in Queensland.  

If this sounds of interest please don't hesitate to get in touch for more details.