Capability

Ryl Parker

Ryl is a field ecologist, with experience working with a variety of organisations, including government agencies, consultancies, and community organisations.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

Bachelor of Arts (Landscape) (UC)

Bachelor of Environmental Science (UC)

Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) (UC)

Experience

Ryl's skill-set includes:

  • ecological assessments under ACT, NSW and Commonwealth legislation
  • running workshops, including marketing, catering, coordinating and presenting
  • native flora and fauna identification, specialising in grassland and box-gum woodland flora
  • Land for Wildlife assessments

She is skilled in flora identification and mammal trapping, and is experienced in the assessment of the extent and quality of Natural Temperate Grassland, Box-Gum Woodland, Golden Sun Moth, Striped Legless Lizard, and Pink-tailed Worm Lizard populations.

Ryl can identify most indigenous and exotic flora in grasslands and woodlands in lowland ACT and surrounds.

Selected projects

Ryl has worked with Umwelt, where she conducted ecological assessments in small and large rural properties to comply with ACT, NSW and federal legislation, including use of Biodiversity Assessment Methodology in NSW.

Working with the ACT Environment Directorate, she analysed kangaroo population data for use in conservation advice, assisted in surveys for Yellow-Footed Antechinus, Eastern Quolls, Eastern Bettongs, Little Eagles, Grassland Earless Dragon, translocated Golden Sun Moth larvae, and conducted kangaroo population surveys.

Expertise

Fauna surveys
Flora and fauna management
Flora surveys
Threatened species management
Volunteer management
Wildlife habitat assessments

Georgeanna Story

Georgeanna is a zoologist with expertise in wildlife and pest animal tracking, trapping and surveys as well as in on-ground natural resource management. She has surveyed and monitored iconic native marsupials including Spotted-tailed quolls, wombats, dingoes and pests such as rabbits, wild dogs and foxes.

She is also an experienced Landcare coordinator with skills in community engagement, event and project organisation, property assessments and management planning.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

B.Sc. Hons. (Ecology, Zoology)

Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat Advisory Committee

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Regional Advisory Committee Far South Coast Region

Royal Zoological Society of NSW

Ecological Society of Australia

Australian Wildlife Management Society

Australian Institute of Biology

Native Animal Rescue Group

CSIRO Scientists in Schools Program

Experience

Georgeanna has 22 years of experience in wildlife and pest animal trapping, surveys and monitoring. She has worked as an ecologist and researcher with the University of Queensland, Macquarie University, the Australian National University, the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, and as a professional consultant.

Over the last three years, she has been with Upper Murrumbidgee Landcare working to coordinate and support local Landcare groups in sustainably managing their natural resources.

Selected projects

Road impacts on the common wombat (Vombatus ursinus), from the individual to the population

Landholder’s perceptions of Wild deer survey

Expertise

Applications for grant funding
Biodiversity conservation
Community and stakeholder engagement
Environmental education
Fauna surveys
Flora and fauna management
Flora surveys
NRM program design and management
Pest and weed control
Property planning
Scientific writing and editing
Volunteer management
Wildlife habitat assessments

Lesley Peden

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 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

Philip Selmes

Phil is an environmental consultant (Green Edge Environmental Works) with over 25 years of experience working in environmental management in the private and public sectors.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

B. App. Sc. (Parks and Reserve Management)

Cert. IV in Training and Assessment

Experience

Phil has extensive experience in managing large- and small-scale environmental projects with a diversity of project participants. He has managed large scale projects in river restoration and weed control. He has also managed Aboriginal environmental projects and teams (especially on the Queanbeyan River).

He has considerable expertise in managing and working with volunteers. Phil was formerly a Parkcare coordinator with the ACT Government, has led project teams with Conservation Volunteers Australia, and is a former President of Queanbeyan Landcare.

Selected projects

Co-founder and long-term involvement with community events in programs such as ‘Pull a Privet’, Radio Landcare, Bush Friendly Garden, and Weedswap

Expertise

Community and stakeholder engagement
Environmental education
Landscape planning and restoration
Tree management and cultivation (arboriculture)
Volunteer management

Sarah Sharp

Sarah is a plant ecologist with expertise in grassy ecosystem management and conservation. She has a strong interest in applying scientific knowledge to guide practical outcomes on the ground. Sarah has 16 years of experience working with the ACT Government, followed by consultancy project work. She has a strong focus on facilitating and sharing knowledge and understanding of ecological processes with the community and other stakeholders. In addition, Sarah advocates through community groups to protect, maintain and enhance grassy ecosystems.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

BSc Dipl. Teaching (Kuring-gai CAE)

B. App. Sci. (CCAE)

M. App. Sci. (UC)

University of Canberra Distinguished Alumni Award

ACT Bushfire Council 2014–16

Weeds Advisory Group 2016–18

Friends of Grasslands 2009–18 and President 2013–16

Conservation Council Biodiversity Working Group 2009–18

Experience

Sarah worked as a senior plant ecologist with the ACT Government from 1993 to 2009, specifically in the field of lowland woodland and grassland conservation. She later worked as a consultant, preparing management guidelines and plans for management of grassy ecosystems and as a volunteer with several community groups and NGOs, including Molonglo Catchment Group. She undertook a landscape functional survey and assessment of the condition of all Canberra’s Nature Reserves for the Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment in 2010.

Sarah brings experience in survey and characterisation of lowland ecosystems, scientific, management and policy advice and government and community representation. Sarah has worked closely with, and gained the respect of, land managers, researchers, agencies, community groups and the general public within the ACT/NSW southern region. Her work has resulted in: improved knowledge about the components and dynamics of grassy ecosystems; the application of improved on-ground conservation management; establishment of reserves and other protection mechanisms; and availability of information on these ecosystems. Sarah also has extensive experience in advocating for the protection of these ecosystems and working with community and stakeholders to achieve better management and protection outcomes for grassy ecosystems in the region.

Sarah has published more than 30 papers and major reports. These include two field guides on the Grassland Flora and the Woodland Flora of the Southern Tablelands (NSW and ACT).

Selected projects

Vegwatch monitoring program (MCG) including facilitation and implementation of community monitoring and data collation, processing and analysis

Monitoring of vegetation and threatened species in grasslands and other sites

On-ground site management with Friends of Grasslands and Molonglo Catchment Group

Expertise

Community and stakeholder engagement
Environmental communication
Flora surveys
Landscape planning and restoration
Monitoring and evaluation
NRM program design and 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

Lori Gould

Lori Gould has over 20 years of experience in natural resource management. She has worked with numerous government and community organisations, specialising in riparian lands and catchment management, and community engagement. She has a diverse range of skills and a practical approach to environmental management.

Lori is a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust and connected to an extensive network of environmental professionals.

Qualifications, awards and affiliations

AAS (Animal Sci.)

BSc (Env. Sci.) (CSU)

Grad. Cert. River Restoration and Management (CSU)

Master in Integrated Water Management (UQ)

Fellow of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust

Lori’s program management abilities and contributions have been recognised through numerous awards:

  • Lachlan Natural Resource Management Awards winner 2006 and 2009, NSW State Landcare Award Finalist 2008, Banksia Award Finalist 2009, United Nations Association of Australia Finalist 2010, National Riverprize Finalist 2014 (Boorowa River Recovery project; $2.1 million)
  • State Landcare Award Finalist 2008 (Picaree Hill Project ($160,000))
  • Banksia Award winning project (ACT LandKeepers Cotter Bushfire Rehabilitation; multi-million dollar)
  • Winner, UN Award 2003 and Banksia Award 2002 (Bidgee Banks project; $1.5 million)
  • ACT Landcare Award (ACT Murrumbidgee River Riparian Rehabilitation Project; $30 000)

Experience

Lori has extensive on-ground experience in the ACT and Southern Tablelands working with the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust (2015-2018), Greening Australia (2000-2015), and the ACT Parks and Conservation Service (1995-2000). She has collaborated on environmental projects with the Australian River Restoration Centre (ARRC), Molonglo Catchment Group, Upper Lachlan Landcare Group, SoilLandWater, CSIRO (Landscapes Under Fire research project) and provided riparian advice to Creek Link Victoria.

Lori’s project experience with Greening Australia included large-scale environmental projects such as ARRC and Greening Australia’s Rivers of Carbon projects ($1.8 million), the Whole of Paddock Rehabilitation (WOPR) project ($2 million), GreenGrid ($1 million), ACT River Rescue ($1 million), and the Murrumbidgee River Restoration Project ($1 million) managed in partnership with Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority.

She is highly experienced in grant application development. Examples include collaborative applications between the ACT Parks and Conservation Service with Upper Lachlan Landcare for funding under the 20 Million Trees scheme and through NSW Environmental Trust grants. In 2018, Lori had a strong contribution to the ACT NRM Investment Strategy.

Selected projects

Australian River Restoration Centre’s Rivers of Carbon programme (Source Water, Breadalbane, Goulburn, Southern Tablelands, Upper Murrumbidgee; see www.riversofcarbon.org)

Molonglo Catchment Group (Vegwatch Support for Parkcare)

Gunning District Landcare – Southern Pygmy Perch habitat mapping and farm dam assessments project

ACT Government (EPSDD) - ACT NRM Investment Plan and ACT NRM NLP2 Tender

ACT Parks and Conservation Service (Watson Woodlands Offset Management Plan, Pinnacle Offset Management Plan, Mount Pleasant Revegetation Plan, Kinlyside Erosion Management Plan, Isaacs Ridge Erosion Plan)

Communities @ Work Family Day Care Program—Engaging Children in Monthly Environmental Activities (six month pilot)

Lori Gould

Expertise

Applications for grant funding
Community and stakeholder engagement
Environmental communication
Environmental education
Landscape planning and restoration
Riparian land and catchment management
Volunteer management