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)
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.
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.
Applications for grant funding
Flora and fauna management
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