Individual Youth Conservation Award

We aim to inspire young people to have a stake in wildlife conservation by rewarding and recognising their efforts.

The aim of the Australian Wildlife Society Individual Youth Conservation Award is to:

  1. Benefit the preservation of Australian wildlife by supporting young volunteers,
  2. Further the Society’s commitment to preserving native wildlife by supporting young volunteers,
  3. Increase awareness of wildlife conservation and attract new members to the Australian Wildlife Society, and
  4. Reward a young individual that does not meet the criteria of the Community Conservation Award, Serventy Conservation Award, and Wildlife Rehabilitation Award.

Applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. 

Australian Wildlife Society will provide an annual award of $500 to a young individual contributing to Australian wildlife conservation.  A trophy and certificate will accompany the award.

The application process will be promoted via the website, social media platforms, newsletter, and the Australian Wildlife magazine.  Applications will be received annually by 31 December.

Winners will be notified by email, and the results published in the Society’s magazine.  The announcement and presentation of the winner will be made at the Annual AGM/Luncheon alongside the Serventy Conservation Award, the Community Conservation Award, and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Award.

To nominate an individual for the Individual Youth Conservation Award, please fill in the online form or download the PDF nomination form HERE »


Youth Conservation Award - Nomination Form

2023 Individual Youth Conservation Award

The winner of the Individual Youth Conservation Award for 2023 is Matthew Brooker of Whitwarta, South Australia.   Matthew has volunteered with Kangaroo Rescue South Australia and successfully secured a scholarship with Earthwatch Australia, where he conducted hands-on research surveying fauna and flora and monitoring carbon and water.  He has also assisted Birdlife Australia in monitoring the nests of the endangered eastern hooded plover.  Matthew has a keen interest in wildlife and land conservation and hopes to one day become an ecologist MORE>>.