Youth Conservation Award

The youth of Australia make significant contributions to the conservation movement through innovative projects and ideas.  It is young people who can drive lasting and sustainable change; who will become the next ambassadors in environmental conservation and hopefully the successors to the current board of the Australian Wildlife Society. Australian youth can play a vital role in the conservation of Australian wildlife.  The Australian Wildlife Society would like to see these special young people recognised and rewarded.  We aim to inspire young people to have a stake in environmental conservation by rewarding and recognising their efforts.

The aims of the Australian Wildlife Society Youth Conservation Award are:

  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 in all aspects of wildlife conservation.
  3. Increase awareness of wildlife conservation, and attract new members to the Australian Wildlife Society.
  4. Reward young individuals and organisations made up of young people who do not reach the criteria for judging of the Community Wildlife Conservation Award, the Serventy Conservation Award and the Rehabilitation Award.

The Australian Wildlife Society will provide an annual award of $500 to a young individual or small organisation who contributes to the conservation of Australian wildlife.  A trophy and certificate will accompany the cash award.

Applicants must be 18 years old or younger.  

The application process will be advertised online through our website and social media and through our monthly newsletter. It will also feature in Australian Wildlife. Applications will be received annually by 31 December.

Winners will be notified by mail, and full results published in the Society’s magazine. Announcement and presentation to the winner are to be made at the AGM/Luncheon, held in March each year, along with the Serventy Award, the Community Award and the Rehabilitation Award.

To nominate a person or an organisation for the Youth Conservation Award, please fill in our online form or download the PDF nomination form here »


Youth Conservation Award

2020 Youth Conservation Award

The winner of the Youth Conservation Award for 2020 is Charlie Cairncross of Fingal Head, New South Wales. Charlie has been an active Junior Wild Defender at Green Heroes since the age of five.  Charlie contributes to the creation of meaningful conservation projects that engage young children in wildlife conservation.  In response to the bushfires, it was Charlie's idea to travel into heavily affected areas and link children to orphaned and injured animals affected by the bushfires.  As a result, Charlie was able to help create the Wildlife Adoption Short Film that has inspired children and classrooms in every state of Australia to sponsor orphaned joeys with one hundred percent of proceeds going directly to carers for medical supplies needed to care for these animals. Charlie is dedicated to preserving and protecting native Australian wildlife and is currently working on a second project and short film to be released in a few months MORE>>.

2019 Youth Conservation Award

The winner of the Youth Conservation Award for 2019 is Miss Caitlin Gallagher from Bundanoon, News South Wales. Caitlin has been focusing on supporting efforts to reduce the incidence of sarcoptic mange in bare-nosed wombat populations. Caitlin has shown a commitment to wombat conservation in the field by setting-up and monitoring burrow flaps to treat wombats, as well as being heavily involved in fundraising and educating the public more broadly regarding wombat conservation and sarcoptic mange MORE>>.