Volunteer

We have recently received permits for four more nurseries and are looking to expand our Volunteer program. We have recently opened up the Volunteer roster and if you can meet the criteria below we would welcome your registration.

Our Volunteer Divers program is vitally important to the work being undertaken by Reef Restoration Foundation. Our Volunteers are motivated, passionate and an inspiring bunch of amazing people who are committed to making a positive difference to the Great Barrier Reef.

Presently we have one coral nursery with 10 coral trees at Fitzroy Island and it is visited every 7-10 days for maintenance and monitoring. Tasks involve cleaning the coral tree frames to remove the settlement of algae and encrusting organisms and measuring and monitoring coral health, which involves identifying diseases, bleaching, predations and the general condition of the coral. We also need support to establish new nurseries, plant coral and support the scientists who are monitoring the coral nurseries.

We have recently received permits for four more nurseries that will enable us to install 120 additional coral tree frames at Moore and Hastings Reefs. To support this expansion we need to increase our Volunteer program. The Volunteer roster opens for short periods throughout the year and has recently re-opened. We are seeking experienced divers that are able to volunteer regularly to help us establish, maintain and monitor our coral nurseries.

Our Volunteer Coordinator sets out a schedule approximately a month in advance requesting availability on the days required. The days selected are chosen depending on the weather, number of volunteers, other events and availability of Dive Leaders. Typically there will be a total of six volunteers per outing and we endeavour to rotate the volunteers to provide everyone with an opportunity to be involved. Usually it will be a full day activity and you will depart Cairns at 8am and return by 6pm. If you met the above and wish to register your interest, please fill out the following form and email it to us with a scanned copy of your diver’s card.

“I like working with Reef Restoration Foundation because it is well organised, the people behind it are professional and the volunteers I work with are so dedicated and really believe in this project,"
- Ian Prescott, Reef Restoration Foundation Volunteer.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of a Rescue Diver Certification
  • Be able to commit to volunteering a minimum of 6 times per year from Cairns.
  • Minimum 50 hours of logged dives outside training dive
  • Volunteers ideally need to provide their own gear including, fins, stinger suit/wet suit, mask & snorkel, B.C.D.
  • Want to work in a collegiate environment and be prepared to get involved and get the job done.

Usually it will be a full day activity. You are required to be on the Fitzroy Flyer departing Cairns at 8am and returning to Cairns at 6pm. If you met the above and wish to register your interest, please fill out the following form and email it to us with a scanned copy of your diver’s card.
If you are passionate about making a positive difference to the Great Barrier Reef, want to volunteer with an amazing bunch of people and can meet the above criteria, please register now.