Field Work Experience - Assistance with Ecological Restoration Project Site Assessments

Lismore City Council

Participate in in-field project site assessments and assist Council staff to communicate with landholders about best practice restoration management and offer extension information related to sustainable land use practices in general. This project would suit students studying environmental science including the Integrated Project SCI00211.

Details

Availability: Approved

Time required: 7 hours per week

Duration: 7 weeks

Location:
Lismore
NSW
Australia

Requires face to face contact: Yes

Overview

Aims

This project aims to undertake in-field site assessments of up to 30 restoration project proposals. The aim is to provide technical and ecological extension to rural landholders in the Lismore LGA.

The Rural Landholder Initiative (RLI) is a Lismore local government program engaging landholders to undertake ecological restoration actions on their properties, supported by small grant funding (generally $7500 over 2 years).
Council has received expressions of interest from landholders, which outline project descriptions and key aspects of how the landholders intend to achieve their restoration projects. A shortlisted group of 30 projects are selected for closer consideration by Council staff. The Site Assessment allows on-ground view of highly ranked projects and the biodiversity values seeking to be managed. Council will use this field data to finalise which projects will be offered grant funds.

THIS PROJECT will give students an opportunity to participate in the in-field project site assessments and assist Council staff to communicate with landholders about best practice restoration management and offer extension information related to sustainable land use practices in general.

Outcomes

Highly valued restoration projects will be considered for the Rural Landholder Initiative funding grant.

Needs to be addressed

Rural land in the Lismore LGA contains substantial and critical areas of ecological biodiversity. The RLI addresses targets within the Lismore City Council Biodiversity Management Strategy (available on the LCC website).

Benefits to students

Students will gain experience in field work and landholder liaison and consider the practical aspects of achieving balanced biodiversity in agricultural land uses. They will consider a range of issues affecting agricultural industries and non-production ‘lifestyle' landholders. Working with local government natural resource managers.

Requirements

Southern Cross University

Students will need own transport to the Lismore City Council corporate office pre-site meeting point (43 Oliver Ave Goonellabah), unless otherwise arranged. Students need good interpersonal and communication skills, basic ecological field experience, with basic native plant and weed identification, interest and some knowledge of restoration ecology principles, C class driver’s licence, appropriate field work clothing and gear (long sleeved shirt, hat, and closed shoes/boots)
Student will need to complete a Volunteer Registration with Lismore City Council.

Partner

All site visits are arranged by LCC staff. A timetable will be made available for students to nominate availability. The student will gain understanding of how this project fits in with the natural resource management aims and activities of Lismore City Council Environmental Strategies team.