The management of BirdLife Australia Gluepot Reserve is overseen by a voluntary Management Committee, while day-to-day operations are the responsibility of volunteer Rangers and Assistant Rangers. There is a wonderful opportunity to become involved in the operation and management of this important conservation reserve and to experience its very special environment. The Management Committee are looking for expressions of interest from people who would like to become Volunteer Rangers or Assistant Volunteer Rangers at the Reserve. Volunteer or Assistant Volunteer Rangers will be required to undertake a small number of key maintenance tasks and a variety of other optional jobs. Couples are welcome to apply. The positions are usually heavily booked due to strong demand, but expressions of interest are always most welcome. Ideally, rangers should be prepared to stay for two months or more and preference will be given to those who are comfortable in the bush, able to communicate with the public and have a strong natural history interest.
Information for prospective volunteer rangers
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The BirdLife Australia Gluepot Reserve Five Year Management and Monitoring Plan and Business Plan were completed two years after the Reserve was purchased, and published by BirdLife Australia in September 2000. The second Plan of Management, for the years 2004 to 2008 was completed in August 2004. The third plan was completed in early 2009. They provide a blueprint for future work on the reserve and are a guide for other organisations purchasing reserves of a similar size and operating budget.
The management philosophy at Gluepot Reserve is summed up in the following management objectives which are to:
Effectively manage a large, internationally significant protected area for biodiversity conservation as an addition to Australia’s National Reserve System;
Involve community volunteers and visitors meaningfully in all aspects of the Reserve’s work;
Develop and implement high quality management, monitoring and business plans;
Implement and monitor management actions aimed at improving the quality of native vegetation and enhancing populations of threatened species;
Reduce the threats from wildfire, feral animals and weeds;
Initiate and support high quality research, particularly on threatened species;
Operate within guidelines for areas listed under Heritage Agreements, the National Reserve Program, the EPBC Act and objectives under IUCN protected area category IV;
Contribute as a Land Partner to the Bookmark Biosphere Reserve program;
Increase public awareness of measures to conserve biodiversity through on-site education programs and by involving volunteers and visitors in all aspects of the Reserve’s programs including funding;
Develop a highly successful, financially independent program that will be a model for other community groups with small operating budgets (approximately $100,000 per year).