Jacqui finds her future at Fleays
FORMER Victorian university student Jacqui Seal, who moved to the Gold Coast last month to pursue her interest in conservation and widen her experience in the field, was rewarded last week when she graduated as a volunteer at David Fleay Wildlife Park.
Jacqui, 24, of Robina, was one of eight volunteers who graduated from an eight-week training program.
Armed with a degree in Conservation Biology and Environmental Management from the University of Victoria, Jacqui was looking to follow her interest in the field.
"I investigated all the locations for volunteering on the Gold Coast and was told by many people about the great work being done here for threatened species, so I decided this is where I want to be," she said.
The park conducts research on the state's threatened species and aims to educate the community about wildlife and conservation issues. Its volunteer program consists of four weeks of formal training and another four weeks where volunteers are mentored by rangers and experienced volunteers in the field.
Jacqui, whose family in Ballarat keeps a large variety of Australian birds, said her specific interests and skills were well matched to her work at the park.
"I have helped rangers with school groups, holiday programs, general public presentations and cleaning animal enclosures," she said.
Jacqui and the other program graduates were presented with an official khaki volunteer shirt, hat and certificate.
Recruits are being sought for the next training session this month and anyone interested can contact the park on 55762411.