Journal archives for September 2020

September 13, 2020

A chance to contribute to giving the people of Aotearoa a deeper understanding of nature

Seeking members for a new Advisory Group for iNaturalist NZ–Mātaki Taiao

The New Zealand Bio-Recording Network Trust manages the largest all-nature citizen science platform in Aotearoa - iNaturalist NZ–Mātaki Taiao.

We want to expand the diversity and skill sets of people leading the growth of the iNaturalist NZ community.

We are calling for expressions of interest from volunteers keen to join a new iNaturalist NZ–Mātaki Taiao Advisory Group.

The advisory group's role is work with the NZBRN Trust to develop, and implement, a five-year strategy to grow and strengthen our vibrant community of observers and identifiers.

iNat NZ is a platform for documenting New Zealand's natural history, engaging people in discovering NZ's nature, and growing the community's ecological literacy. In 2020, we passed the milestone of one million observations of NZ nature, made by over 21,000 observers and identified by over 6,600 identifiers. And this is still just the beginning.

Hands up if you'd like to help

We are looking to expand the diversity and skill sets of people leading the growth of the iNat NZ community.

  • Do you enjoy organising online and in-person events to connect people with nature?
  • Do you have skills in education and outreach and an interest in inspiring young people in discovering nature?
  • Are you interested in Mātauranga Māori and engaging tangata whenua in mātaki taio?
  • Are you interested in developing fund-raising opportunities to help grow NZ's largest online natural history community?
  • Are you tech savvy and interested in ecological data analysis and visualisation?
  • Do you have other skills that you think would assist with growing and strengthening the iNat NZ community?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, and you're interested in getting more involved in iNaturalist NZ–Mātaki Taiao, please send us a one-page expression of interest telling us a little about yourself and describing how you think you can contribute. Please email that through to by Monday 5 October.

Successful applicants will volunteer their time at bimonthly meetings (in person or online) and develop and subsequently deliver on a five-year plan.

To get a better idea of what iNaturalist NZ–Mātaki Taiao is all about, and where we're heading, please have a look at the current 2020–2021 strategy for iNaturalist NZ–Mātaki Taiao and our 2019–2020 annual report.

We look forward to hearing from you, and about how you can help us to grow iNat NZ.


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