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Sustainability of a long-term volunteer-based bird monitoring program : recruitment, retention and attrition

Wolcott, Ilene, Ingwersen, Dean, Weston, Michael A. and Tzaros, Chris 2008, Sustainability of a long-term volunteer-based bird monitoring program : recruitment, retention and attrition, Australian journal on volunteering, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 48-53.

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Title Sustainability of a long-term volunteer-based bird monitoring program : recruitment, retention and attrition
Author(s) Wolcott, Ilene
Ingwersen, Dean
Weston, Michael A.ORCID iD for Weston, Michael A. orcid.org/0000-0002-8717-0410
Tzaros, Chris
Journal name Australian journal on volunteering
Volume number 13
Issue number 1
Start page 48
End page 53
Total pages 6
Publisher Volunteering Australia
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1325-8362
1836-0246
Keyword(s) volunteers
volunteer recruiting
bird conservation
motivation (psychology)
ornithology
Summary With an increasing demand and reliance on volunteers in a host of different sectors, the need for organisations to understand motivating factors behind volunteering, and how to retain volunteer services, is crucial. This paper examines the recruitment, retention and attrition among a group of volunteers participating in a long-term monitoring program for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot Neophema chrysogaster. This project is one of the longest running of its type in Australia with more than 20 years of survey activities. Volunteers were most often recruited via other environmental agencies. Almost three-quarters of respondents had been involved in birdwatching or other bird monitoring activities usually in connection with conservation organisations. The modal response was an involvement of 10-20 years, with most other responses in the range 0-5 years. The majority intend to continue volunteering, but cited perceived health and time commitments as the main factors behind possible future decisions to cease volunteering. Respondents suggested improvements in the volunteer management of the program, and in particular, thought a personal 'thank you', would maintain motivation and participation.
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Language eng
Field of Research 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Volunteering Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017113

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