Lesley Peden

0400 806089

Lesley is an ecologist with over 15 years of experience in ecological surveys, assessment and monitoring in the ACT and NSW. She conducts botanical surveys and monitoring of vegetation communities (e.g. woodlands, grasslands, forests, subalpine areas, riparian zones). She is similarly experienced in a diverse range of fauna survey and monitoring techniques such as trapping, installation and use of wildlife cameras, and data collection, storage and analysis including morphological data collection and DNA sampling. She has worked on mammals (wallabies, kangaroos, pigs, platypus and small mammals), reptiles (Eastern Water Dragons, Pink-tailed Worm-lizards, Grassland Earless Dragons, Striped Legless Lizards, crocodiles, turtles), insects (Golden Sunmoth), amphibians and fish.

Lesley’s experience encompasses assessments of threatened ecological communities (e.g. Box-Gum Woodlands, Natural Temperate Grasslands), threatened species, riparian ecosystems, post-fire monitoring and Eucalyptus dieback. Lesley is proficient in Environmental Impact Assessments under Commonwealth and State legislation and the preparation of mapping and environmental advice for land managers including government agencies, corporate clients, land managers and community groups.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

Certified BAM Accredited Assessor

B.Sc. (Conservation Biology, Applied Ecology)

Member Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (MEIANZ)

Experience

Lesley is highly experienced in on-ground and community-based conservation and natural resource management. She has worked with Conservation Volunteers Australia, the ACT Government’s conservation planning and research team, Umwelt (Australia), and in tertiary education and training of applied environmental management (Canberra Institute of Technology, University of Canberra). Most recently, she has been a Conservation Officer with Conservation Volunteers Australia where she coordinated and developed projects to engage community and inspire and connect people to nature. She also undertakes annual surveys for ACT Government of woodlands and grasslands in environmental offset reserves.

Lesley has strong community engagement experience, having been facilitator for the NGO Kosciuszko to Coast Partnership for five years and a Regional Provider for the Land for Wildlife program in the local region. In these roles, she conducted over 350 ecological assessments in NSW and ACT and supported landholders to manage their land sustainably, balance productivity with conservation outcomes, and access funding and scientific expertise. In addition, Lesley trained and lead teams of community individuals, students and volunteers on conservation projects in the natural environment. She coordinated educational workshops and events to promote the objectives of the K2C Partnership: restoring woodlands, grasslands, forests and riparian ecosystems and has managed community workshops. Examples include threatened species workshops for the South East Local Land Services ‘Saving our Species Scarlet Robin’ project, numerous K2C projects aimed at restoring and reconnecting the landscape and engaging community in citizen science and NRM activities, and a 2016 community forum on Eucalyptus dieback in Queanbeyan, NSW.

Over the past three years, Lesley taught the Environmental Management Diploma at Canberra Institute of Technology and led teams of students on conservation and NRM activities in the region. Previously, she has worked as a tutor and research officer with the University of Canberra, and as a wildlife ecologist for ACT Government.

Lesley has co-authored several journal articles and technical reports for ACT Government focusing on vegetation and habitat condition of the Murrumbidgee River and tributaries, and Eucalyptus dieback.

Selected projects

Annual woodland and grassland surveys for ACT Government

‘Saving our Species Scarlet Robin’ project workshops (South East Local Land Services)

Eucalyptus dieback field surveys (ACT Government) and dieback community forum (Kosciusko 2 Coast)

Lesley Peden

Expertise

Applications for grant funding
Biodiversity assessment accreditation
Biodiversity conservation
Community and stakeholder engagement
Conservation agreements
Environmental education
Fauna surveys
Flora and fauna management
Flora surveys
NRM program design and management
Threatened species management
Volunteer management

Janelle Dennis

Janelle is highly experienced in community engagement, event coordination, facilitation and training for landholders and volunteers. She has worked in local government and non-government organisations in the ACT, Tas and WA in promoting best practice environmental management and sustainable agriculture. This has included roles in Landcare support, development assessment, planning, environmental health, vegetation mapping and assessment, and environmental education. Janelle’s skills and experience also encompass ecotourism, environmental interpretation, and professional cooking.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

BA (Geography and Environmental Studies, Aboriginal Studies) (Utas)

Grad. Dip. (Env. Manag.) (Utas)

National Landcare Award given to Huon Valley Council for Local Government Landcare support while Janelle was Landcare officer (2008-9)

Experience

Janelle is Manager of Communications and Engagement at Molonglo Catchment Group. Her main role is in coordinating with other NRM organisations in the ACT region, managing communications with MCG members and stakeholders, and representing the interests of MCG members in consultative fora. She has previously worked in the ACT Government as Community Education Officer for ACT Parks and Conservation Service and as the Regional Landcare Facilitator. In NRM South (Tasmania), she was the Community Support Officer as well as the coordinator for Southern Coastcare Association of Tasmania. Janelle has also worked in ecotourism and environmental interpretation as a guide and operations manager in Tasmania (Maria Island Walk, Bay of Fires) and in Queensland (Jungle Adventures).

Selected projects

Event coordination such as Landcare for Singles, National Tree Day and Bush Friendly Garden at Floriade, Canberra

Project managed large-scale project in skills development and training (capacity building) for environmental volunteers in Southern Tasmania

Janelle Dennis

Expertise

Aboriginal cultural land management
Applications for grant funding
Community and stakeholder engagement
Environmental communication
Environmental education
NRM program design and management
Pest and weed control
Threatened species management
Volunteer management