Job skills for Canberra’s Youth

conservation volunteers 29 July 2011

conservation volunteers

17-24 year olds looking for practical work experience and training which could lead to jobs in land management and a variety of other industries now have a new opportunity.

A new round of Conservation Volunteers National Green Jobs Corps Program is poised to begin in Canberra’s north this month. The program provides young people with skills in Conservation and Land management including planting and landscaping, track construction and building maintenance, GPS skills and more.

Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to restoration work along Ginninderra Creek and make connections with a variety of potential future employers. As well as this practical experience, the students will study towards a certificate II in Conservation and Land Management – gaining recognised training to support them in their search for future work.

Uniforms, transport, tools and equipment are all provided, along with a qualified team leader to lead them through the program.

Previous participants in the National Green Jobs Corps program have gone on to gain employment in building and construction, landscaping and horticulture while others have gone on to further study in conservation and land management.

“We are really pleased to offer this opportunity again to local young people,” says Volunteer Engagement Officer Emily Chisholm-Watson. “It’s a great chance to build up their skills and experience. They will also get to work closely with our Goulburn team so meeting new people and potential employers is a big part of it.”

The program runs for six months and is open to 17-24 year olds receiving youth allowance (other), parenting payment, Newstart allowance, disability payments, or who are registered as jobseekers with Centrelink. It meets the education requirements for early school leavers, and participants receiving Centrelink benefits will receive an extra $41.60 per fortnight for being on the program.

The cut off date for enrolments is August 31 and places are limited. For more information on the program and how to sign up, contact Conservation Volunteers on 02 6247 7770 or

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