Volunteer Opportunities

Here are exciting opportunities to volunteer on a project run by one or more of our DEEP Researchers!

The projects cover a variety of our research themes within the DEEP group; therefore one may appeal to you and your experience level (Over 18yrs). Please see below for a project of your interest – and get in contact today!


Long-term viability of the flightless Tasmanian native-hen

PhD Lucile Lévêque

42The Tasmanian native-hen is one of the two remaining flightless rails that is not threatened! As an iconic Tasmanian species, but also a rare example of a thriving flightless bird, we need to measure its resistance to changing environments, to forecast its extinction risk in future threatening conditions (e.g., climate change, land-use change and exotic predators like the fox) and ensure the best management. To provide accurate estimates on their survival and population dynamics, we need to use a reliable study population. As it happens, Maria Island is the best location for this.


Bird observation and insect netting on the Tasman Peninsula

PhD Leon Diengdoh

Observation of Tasmanian birds and netting of insects (bees, beetles, and butterflies) on the Tasman Peninsula. Fieldwork will take place in national parks, reserves, plantation areas. Dates are flexible and only on non-rainy days!




Anthropogenic impacts on environmental microbiomes

Dr Emily Flies

Dr Emily Flies is running a study to examine the impact of land use change on microbial communities in the air and soil. She is looking for volunteers to help take soil samples and set air filters around Hobart. Sampling only occurs on non-rain days and will occur between 8 am and 6pm. It’s a great opportunity to learn about microbial sampling and to tour around Hobart!

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  • for more information contact Emily.Flies@utas.edu.au



Small mammal bone identification of the Pleistocene/Holocene owl roosts

Dr Matthew McDowell & Tessa Smith

CABAH volunteering opportunities are available for interested people to learn small Bonesmammal bone identification. Positions involve sorting and identification of Pleistocene/Holocene owl-roost deposits stored at the UTas Sandy Bay campus. Help contribute to our knowledge of pre-European mammalian distributions within Tasmania.