Volunteer opportunities are available with the Desert Ecology Research Group (DERG) in both the field and laboratory.

The latest volunteer opportunities will be advertised on our news page.

Click here for the Volunteer Registration Form or contact our volunteer coordinator Bobby Tamayo

Field Work Opportunities:

Field trips are run about four times a year to the Simpson Desert (The Red Outback) located in south-west Queensland (on the border of the Northern Territory).

Travel is provided by DERG (involving a three day drive from Sydney). Trip duration is approximately 20 days and the cost is approximately $AU 250 to cover food costs.

What to do when you get there?
Pitfall trapping of reptiles and small mammals
Predator abundance surveys including spotlighting
Invertebrate sampling
Bird surveys
Vegetation surveys and seed collection
Help out on a variety of PhD and Honours projects

Laboratory work opportunities:

Laboratory work is generally available at the University of Sydney, in the Heydon Laurence Building A08, on Science road (Camperdown campus) Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

How you can help?
Help sort and identify seeds
Help sort and identify invertebrates
Converse with the Lab staff!
And there is always plenty of data entry!