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Hunting hawkweed

Khancoban area in Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

Volunteer activities

Our volunteer activities are being assessed for risk on a case-by-case basis. We need to determine which activities can operate safely within COVID-19 guidelines. Many volunteer bushcare activities have now recommenced. Check the Volunteer Information Portal to confirm the status of your volunteer activity.

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Do you enjoy volunteering in the great outdoors? Join the hunt for orange hawkweed and help eradicate this invasive weed from the Jagungal Wilderness Area in Kosciuszko National Park.

Work
Bush regeneration, weed and pest management
When

Summer each year

Where
Khancoban area in Kosciuszko National Park
Grade
Hard. Suitable for adults and teens 18 years and over. You'll need a good level of physical fitness (surveys require a lot of walking). You'll be walking approximately 4km a day, negotiating natural rough and uneven terrain (no paths) and moderate slopes on uneven surfaces.
Price
Free
Please note
  • You'll need to commit to volunteering for the entire week (Monday to Friday).
  • Maximum of 5 volunteers per week.
  • Free shared accommodation in Khancoban (Sunday evening through to Saturday morning).
  • All bed linen and towels are supplied.
  • NPWS will supply the basics for breakfast and lunch. Volunteers will need to bring food and prepare their own evening meals.
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Orange hawkweed is a serious threat to the Australian Alps and surrounding environments, including productive farmland. It's known to out-compete native and pastoral plants, and is capable of creating a monoculture.

Since 2009, over 300 volunteers have helped us in the search for orange hawkweed across the Jagungal Wilderness Area. Volunteers are instrumental in protecting sensitive environments from hawkweed invasion, by finding and hand-treating plants. Week-long surveys coincide with the peak Hawkweed flowering period each year, when orange hawkweed is easier to detect.

Surveys are conducted in some of the most scenic areas of Kosciuszko National Park. Volunteers will stay in Khancoban. To ensure your stay is safe and comfortable, remember to bring:

  • Personal medication (eg EPI pen, hay fever prevention)
  • Good waterproof walking boots
  • Thick socks
  • Long pants and long-sleeved shirts
  • Hat (broad rimmed, shades face and neck)
  • Warm clothing and wet weather gear (weather changes rapidly, even in summer)
  • Gaiters
  • Drinking water (1 litre bottle)
  • Day pack/backpack
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Lunchbox
  • Camera
  • Casual clothes and toiletries.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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