Lord Howe Island Board Volunteer Weed Program
The Lord Howe Island Board provides opportunities for appropriately skilled and physically fit persons to assist in eradicating invasive weeds. The number of volunteer bush regeneration positions supported per year is dependent on external funding.
Volunteers are selected through a formal application process and must have high level plant identification skills and bush fitness. Volunteers are required to work alongside Board staff undertaking grid search and control of target weeds. Work hours are 7:00am to 3:30pm from Monday to Friday each week and a minimum of three weeks commitment is required. The Lord Howe Island Board will provide assistance with flights, basic accommodation and food for approved volunteers.
Weeding grid searches can involve working in steep dense and overgrown forest, tedious hand weeding or arduous sessions, requiring access across uneven terrain and often working in wet weather. Volunteers are also required to address biosecurity risks for Phytophora Myrtle Rust and Root Rot Fungus.
You will be rewarded with experiencing Lord Howe Island off the beaten track and working on an island conservation project of national and global significance.
For any further queries regarding the Lord Howe Island Board Volunteer Program please contact the administration office on 02 6563 2066.
Volunteer Program Selection Criteria PDF 416 KB
Physical Activity Rediness Questionaire PDF 413 KB
Become a Friend of Lord Howe Island
The Friends of Lord Howe Island run self paid volunteer bush regeneration tours on Lord Howe Island. These are generally organised for the winter period and include half a day of weeding followed by a nature based tour. The tours run for a week and are suited people that cannot commit to a longer volunteer period or are less capable of working in rugged terrain.
The Friends and Lord Howe Island Board supported volunteers have provided over 40,000 hours of effort in protecting paradise from weeds.
See the Lord Howe Island User Guide for further information on the weed program and other Lord Howe Island Board conservation initiatives.