Social researcher Tracy Schultz from the University of Queensland is finding out about the benefits and the motivations of people who elect to give time and energy to helping nature.
Tracy and her University of Queensland team, with the support of the NSW Environmental Trust, have put out a call for people who voluntarily help nature to complete an online survey. The results will provide insight into the types of experiences that help strengthen the capacity and motivation of volunteers, whose work makes such a valuable contribution to the environment. See more about this project here.
This research will add to the increasing understanding of the depth and breadth of volunteering in our diverse and multicultural country. In recent years state and Australian governments have undertaken significant research to recognise and improve volunteer support across many sectors, as set out in plans such as the Victorian Volunteering for Nature Plan and the National Strategy for Volunteering which is due to be released in February this year.
The survey is for anyone who helps nature on a voluntary basis. This can be any type of nature – a small patch of local bushland, wildlife, or larger ecosystems. And this can involve any type of volunteering – helping a large organisation, or coordinating your own group.
The survey is completely anonymous and takes about 10-12 minutes to complete. Everyone that completes the survey will be offered the chance to win one of two vouchers worth $300. Click here to complete the survey.