Hawkweed eradication program
Where and when
Each summer Parks Victoria, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources and Falls Creek Resort Management operate a program to eradicate Hawkweeds from Falls Creek and the Alpine National Park.
Hawkweeds are highly invasive weeds which out-compete other vegetation. Hawkweeds can cause major environmental damage in alpine areas, and are considered a significant threat to the Victorian Alps and agricultural production.
What you'll do
Volunteers play a major role in the eradication of Hawkweeds by helping find plants so that they can be treated. Volunteers contribute to the eradication effort by conducting line surveys in the Alpine National Park. Volunteers are required for one week over December/January/February each year.
No experience is necessary and all training is provided. You will just need lots of enthusiasm, a moderate fitness level, a good eye for detail and persistence required to survey for at least five hours per day walking through sometimes challenging terrain.
Shared bunk style accommodation has kindly been provided by Falls Creek Resort Management. Transport will be provided to and from the survey areas each day. Volunteers need to make their own way to Falls Creek on the day of the session start date. Parks Victoria will provide standard condiments, hot drink provisions, and a group dinner on the last night.
Participating in volunteer surveys is a great way to help protect the Victorian Alps from this dangerous weed, as well as a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the magnificent alpine environment during the green summer months.
What will participants need to bring
Volunteers need to provide their own hiking boots, gloves, sun glasses, wet weather gear, long pants and shirts, water bottle, sunscreen, broad brim hat, bedding, food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, cold drinks, fruit, and snacks.
How to join
If you are interested in helping to eradicate this alpine invader and would like to apply, you will first need to register with Park Connect.
- Visit the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources website
- Watch this video produced by Agriculture Victoria which describes how to identify hawkweeds
Email: email@example.com (please note that this email is only monitored from October through to March each year)
Phone: 13 1963