Get Involved

VOLUNTEERING & WORK EXPERIENCE

Volunteer & Internships

Multi-seascape restoration is no small feat, so Project Restore is constantly searching for extra hands.

We have a number of avenues to get involved from seagrass husbandry, assisting with fieldwork preparation and execution to research internship positions and seagrass collections. We will advertise positions on our social media @projectrestoreau and here on the website.

Alternatively, you can find out more about work experience or volunteer opportunities with Project Restore by emailing tia.bool@sims.org.au. 

SEAGRASS COLLECTION

There are a number of ways we are engaging the community through education, workshops and citizen science programs. Specifically, for the success of the Operation Posidonia element of Project Restore we need the help of the community.

In 2024 you will be able to join in on our Citizen Science project, The Storm Squad. This group is integral to helping us collect Posidonia australis fragments. These fragments will then be replanted at our restoration sites within Sydney Harbour.

We’re asking the community to collect washed up shoots from their local beach and leave them at our collection points. There are two main collection points; Bundeena, and Pittwater.

For more information, visit the Operation Posidonia website.

Stay tuned for opportunities to get involved or reach out directly to the team at project.restore@sims.org.au to express your interest.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MOORINGS

A key part of Project Restore is the replacement of up to 16 swing moorings to environmentally friendly moorings. This is an exciting opportunity for mooring owners to be a part of Project Restore and help restore Sydney Harbour’s degraded seascapes.

Swing chain mooring’s are the most common mooring technology and widespread use is leading to ongoing threats to seagrass. As the chain drags along the seafloor it destroys the seagrass beds and leaves a mooring scar on the seafloor. Environmentally Friendly Moorings use neutrally buoyant technology that removes the impact on the seafloor while still providing a robust anchoring system.

As part of Project Restore, and in collaboration with Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW), we are offering sponsorship of up to 16 mooring owners in support of replacement of block-and-chain moorings to Environmentally Friendly Moorings.

This sponsorship covers all costs involved in removing existing moorings and buoys and replacing with the Environmentally Friendly units. Additionally, the mooring servicing fees for the duration of the project (until 2026) will be covered by Project Restore.

If you’re a mooring owner or want to find out more, register your interest in the program by emailing project.restore@sims.org.au or view the information PDF here.

SOCIO-ECONOMIC SURVEY: SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE

SIMS, together with researchers from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the University of Woollongong (UOW) are interested in the potential social and economic benefits which may come from Project Restore.

This research creates a monitoring framework for social and economic values generated by the habitat restoration work of Project Restore.

Your responses help us to know what the social and economic benefits of restoration is. The feedback from the survey will help to inform researchers at SIMS and the NSW State Government how to design future restoration projects.

Find out more and fill in the survey here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

VOLVO OCEAN LOVERS FESTIVAL

20-24th March 2024, Bondi

The Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival taps into Australians love of their ocean lifestyle with the largest dedicated ocean science and cultural celebration in Australia.

Through a festival of Ideas, Art + Music and Actions, we set out to inspire and engage the community on ocean issues and provide hope by showcasing solutions and innovation that are improving the health of the ocean.

Our accessible and interactive festival invites all-ages to dive into an informative and relaxed entertainment-rich environment, that harnesses the power of innovation, science, technology, art and entertainment to accelerate positive change for our blue planet.

For more information, visit the Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival website.