Training and Volunteering

TERN aims to advance, implement and train on nationally agreed, standard field methods to the broader ecosystem science community including scientists, government agencies, industry, land managers and students.

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TERN offers a four day training course covering all aspects of our Ecosystem Surveillance platform’s work. This training course comprises a day of lectures and then three days in the field learning soils, vegetation, and technical aspects of our work in a rangeland environment.

If you are interested in being a training partner and hosting the TERN team to conduct a training course in your region, please contact us.

Fieldwork and volunteering

Volunteer Field Assistants:
TERN regularly conducts two-week field surveys at sites throughout Australia, and on occasion it is in a position to take volunteers on these surveys. These trips are a great way to learn more about TERN’s standardised methods and interact with leading field ecologists in locations that are difficult to get to any other way. The TERN field survey team often travels to remote, isolated locations, covers thousands of kilometres by 4WD each trip, self-caters, and camps in bushland with little or no facilities. 

Volunteer Technical Assistants:
Volunteer technical assistants help TERN undertake the sorting and maintenance of environmental data and vegetation/soil samples collected as part of its Ecosystem Surveillance monitoring program, based in Adelaide, South Australia. Tasks involve unpacking collected vegetation and soil samples in the lab, sorting and labelling samples, cross-referencing sample collections and data, taking soil sub-samples and undertaking basic analyses. Volunteering in the lab is also a great way to get to know our team and understand the work we do before joining a two-week field survey.

If you are interested in doing fieldwork or volunteering with TERN please contact us via the form below.


Contact us for training and volunteering

Thank you for your interest in training or volunteering with TERN. Please fill out this form with some information about yourself and we will be in touch when opportunities arise.