Maya Potapowicz

Maya has extensive experience as a consultant for flora assessment and conservation in NSW and the ACT.

She has also previously been employed in similar roles by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, South East Local Land Services, and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

Bachelor of Environmental Science

Certified BAM Accredited Assessor

Experience

Maya is an accredited assessor of the NSW Biodiversity Assessment Method. BAM is the assessment methodology that outlines how an accredited person assesses impacts on biodiversity at development sites and stewardship sites.

Maya specialises in the provision of:

  • flora surveys (BAM and Biometric) and reporting
  • offset management planning
  • impact assessments for development applications
  • Land for Wildlife assessments

Selected projects

Flora surveys and audits for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Assessment of applications to clear native vegetation under the Native Vegetation Act 2003

Management of actions for the Clean Water Project, involving implementing on-ground works to improve water quality along Murrumbidgee River on private lands with private landholders

Negotiation of enhancement planting of threatened flora, protection of translocation site and signage with Queanbeyan City Council and botanic gardens staff

Review of NSW Environmental Trust funding reports

Monitoring threatened flora populations

Assessment, negotiation and preparation of Wildlife Refuges and Conservation Agreements under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974

Review of wildlife refuges for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service—over 100 sites visited, reports given to landholders, and overall project report on biodiversity values of wildlife refuges network

Expertise

Biodiversity conservation
Conservation agreements
Flora and fauna management
Flora surveys
Habitat value of trees
Wildlife habitat assessments

Ben Huttner-Koros

Ben is a project officer with Molonglo Catchment Group where he designs and manages NRM projects (weed control, revegetation, habitat enhancement). Ben is experienced in trapping and handling small native mammals, weed and pest control, assessing habitat value of trees, and roadside tree trimming and removal. He also provides educational programs on flora, fauna and ecology for schoolchildren.

Ben’s Honours research was on the conservation, habitat preference and management of the threatened striped legless lizard (Delma impar) at Bush Heritage Australia’s Scottsdale Reserve, NSW.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

BSc Hons (ANU)

Experience

Ben has experience in design and implementation of natural resource management projects for Molonglo Catchment Group on weed control, revegetation, and habitat enhancement. In this role, he engages broadly with partner organisations, government, stakeholders, Landcare groups, landholders, and farmers. He has skills in project implementation and activity reporting to public authorities, including projects funded through ACT Environment Grants and the NSW Environmental Trust.

Ben also has worked in industry as an environmental consultant and project manager. He completed a conservation and research internship at the Conservation Ecology Centre, Cape Otway, Victoria. He is committed to community action through his role as finance officer for the ANU Environment Collective.

Selected projects

Natural Heritage Trust—Design and management of a 20 million trees project covering 600 hectares south of Queanbeyan

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service—Potoroo trapping using cage traps, handling small native mammals (antechinus, rats, potoroo)

Australian National Botanical Gardens—Engage and assist visitors, ensure safety and security, assist with public educational and commercial programs; Provide educational programs on flora, fauna and ecology for schoolchildren aged between 6 and 15

NSW local councils—Ecologist services for roadside tree trimming and removal projects to NSW local councils; Assess habitat value of trees and direct tree contractor on where to cut

Environmental and Agricultural Services—Weed control using herbicides and mechanical methods, rabbit control using poison baiting and warren fumigation, revegetation planting, agricultural soil testing; Conducting Flora and Fauna Survey and domestic on-site wastewater (sewage) management studies; Researching legislation, desktop mapping, field-work, writing a client report meeting council’s requirement.

Ben Huttner-Koros

Expertise

Applications for grant funding
Environmental communication
Fauna surveys
Flora and fauna management
Flora surveys
Habitat value of trees
NRM program design and management
Pest and weed control
Riparian land and catchment management
Threatened species management
Tree management and cultivation (arboriculture)
Wildlife habitat assessments