Conservation Officer

by Christina N. Zdenek
(east coast, Australia)

Christina Zdenek is waiting and ready to record Palm Cockatoo behaviour at the nest.

Christina Zdenek is waiting and ready to record Palm Cockatoo behaviour at the nest.

Christina Zdenek is waiting and ready to record Palm Cockatoo behaviour at the nest.
Christina Zdenek uses a 10-metre extendable pole with a camera attached to the top to check the status of Palm Cockatoo nests.
Christina Zdenek uses a 10-metre extendable pole with a camera attached to the top to check the status of Palm Cockatoo nests.
Christina Zdenek presents her research to the remote, aboriginal community near her fieldsite on Cape York Peninsula, far north QLD, Australia.

My name is Christina Zdenek, and my job title is Conservation Officer. I am employed by The Australian National University.

My job is basically to run and manage The Palm Cockatoo Project, a project I helped to establish.

My wildlife job involves:

1) Preparation: preparing for months of fieldwork in a remote region of far-north Australia. Preparation includies editing and submitting permit applications for the research, applying for grants, purchasing heaps of food, deciding on what field equipment best suits the project and the budget.

2) Recruiting, coordinating, and managing a revolving door of volunteers who help me collect data on Palm Cockatoo behaviour.

3) Find Nests: do heaps of ground-work to establish where the important breeding and displaying areas are for Palm Cockatoos.

4) Decisions: make daily decisions on where to prioritise data collection efforts.

5) Data entry: make excel spreadsheets detailing the data my volunteers and myself collect.

6) Data management: watch behavioral video of Palm Cockatoos to ensure all files are recorded properly; regularly back-up data onto multiple external harddrives and send them back to the uni for safe-keeping while I'm out in the field.

7) Community engagement: give talks, demonstrations, and show videos to the small, aboriginal community closest to my fieldsite
Additionally, after my contract ends (and my pay-check stops coming), I will still be involved in The Palm Cockatoo project in various ways. I will volunteer my time to do:

8) Data analysis: meet with statisticians and figure out the best way to analyse the data I've collected.

9) Write and publish papers: write up all of the results from the study.

10) Public relations: publicise my findings via youtube videos, blogs, e-newsletters, popular articles, websites, and public lectures/talks.

So, all though it is a ton of work, I love it and I'm so grateful to have my wildlife job working with the iconic and charismatic Palm Cockatoo in Australia!

(All pictures supplied -

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Christina Zdenek is waiting and ready to record Palm Cockatoo behaviour at the nest.

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Christina Zdenek uses a 10-metre extendable pole with a camera attached to the top to check the status of Palm Cockatoo nests.

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Christina Zdenek uses a 10-metre extendable pole with a camera attached to the top to check the status of Palm Cockatoo nests.

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Christina Zdenek presents her research to the remote, aboriginal community near her fieldsite on Cape York Peninsula, far north QLD, Australia.)

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