As you may know, Hawkweeds are a highly invasive pest plant species which could cause major environmental damage in alpine and sub-alpine areas of Australia if not eradicated early.

For several years there have been summer field trips where volunteers join with Parks Victoria to identify and remove Hawkweed from the Bogong High Plains. They will be on again this summer and you can register now.

Participating in the Falls Creek Volunteer surveys is a great way to help protect the Victorian Alps from this dangerous weed, as well as a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the magnificent alpine environment during the green summer months.

The dates for the 2017/2018 Season are provided below:

Session 1: Monday 11th – Friday 15th December 2017

Session 2: Monday 18th – Friday 22nd December 2017

Session 3: Tuesday 2nd – Friday 5th January 2018

Session 4: Monday 8th – Friday 12th January 2018

Session 5: Monday 15th – Friday 19th January 2018

Session 6: Monday 22nd – Thursday 25th January 2018

What is involved?

Volunteers will be required for one week to survey the Alpine National Park looking for Hawkweed and need to make their own way to Falls Creek the night before the session start date. There is no experience required, all training is provided. Volunteers will just need lots of enthusiasm, a moderate fitness level, a good eye for detail and persistence required to survey the Alpine National Park for at least 5 hours per day walking through sometimes challenging terrain.

What is provided?

There is no cost for being a volunteer on this Project. Bunk style accommodation has kindly been provided by Falls Creek Resort Management. Transport will be provided to and from the survey areas each day. Parks Victoria will be providing catering for breakfast, coffee/teas, morning tea and a group dinner on the last night.

What will participants need to bring?

An information pack about the surveys and what to bring will be sent a few weeks before the Survey session starts. In brief – Hiking boots are a must, gloves, hat, sunscreen, long sleeve tops and pants, wet weather gear, drink bottle, bedding and food for lunch, dinner, cold drinks, fruit and snacks.

NEW way of joining the program through Park Connect:

Parks Victoria is now using a NEW online system called Park Connect to register people on volunteer programs (see attachment). If you are interested in helping to eradicate this alpine invader and would like to apply, you will first need to:

  1. Register as a volunteer at www.parkconnect.vic.gov.au.
  2. Once you’re registered, login to apply for upcoming programs listed here or copy and paste this link into your web browser https://www.parkconnect.vic.gov.au/Volunteer/group-details-public/?id=5c4fbcb0-de2e-e711-8184-f0921c124e44  and select the Hawkweed Eradication Program you would like to join.
  3. Once you have signed up to a Hawkweed Session on Park Connect, this ensures you are covered under the Parks Victoria Insurance Policy for this activity and you will receive an automated Park Connect email.
  4. I will be in contact with you following your signup on Park Connect and will send out further information about the program before your Session starts.

If you have any further questions, please contact Yohanna Aurisch via email: yohanna.aurisch@parks.vic.gov.au