Pilot Wilderness area, Kosciuszko National Park
8 days inclusive of travel (6 school days of teacher replacement)
Friday 3 February – Friday 10 February 2023
Additional travel days may be required by some participants
5 Australian teachers – open to NSW, ACT, VIC or TAS teachers only
Bush Blitz TeachLive is a fully funded professional development opportunity with all costs associated with travel, food, accommodation and teacher replacement included (up to a maximum of 6 days)
PLEASE READ the information below carefully.
Then click on the ‘Apply Now’ button at the base of this page to go straight to the application form.
* To be eligible for the Australian Alps Bush Blitz TeachLive expedition, you must be an Australian teacher currently based in a New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victorian or Tasmanian school.
The Bush Blitz TeachLive team are looking for a committed but diverse range of teachers to assist scientists on the 2022 Bush Blitz TeachLive expedition. All primary and secondary teachers based in the above-mentioned states/territories, who are passionate about teaching STEM and geography are encouraged to apply.
Bush Blitz TeachLive provides the opportunity to broaden teacher knowledge and experiences beyond the classroom. You do not need to be STEM or geography trained nor an experienced teacher, you just need to be passionate and keen to share your experiences with your school community. We particularly encourage teachers who might beneﬁt from participation. These could include early career teachers, teachers with limited experience in teaching the STEM disciplines, experienced teachers who are keen to improve their ﬁeldwork skills in order to instruct their students and/or teachers that want to actively demonstrate to their students the biodiversity of Australian ecosystems.
To be eligible you must be an Australian teacher currently based in NSW, ACT, VIC or TAS.
Selection will be based on:
See below “How to apply” for further details about the application requirements.
The final selection of teacher participants is at the discretion of the selection panel, which includes representatives from Bush Blitz, Earthwatch Australia and ASTA.
Support from Principal (please refer your school Principal to this section)
The applicant must:
A member of the Bush Blitz TeachLive selection committee will contact the Principal of each shortlisted applicant. The purpose of this contact is to find out how the school will support the applicant to achieve the objectives of the program and more specifically what support will be provided leading up to and during the Bush Blitz survey and how the applicant will be supported to share the outcomes of the Bush Blitz Teach Live survey with the school and school community.
Please note: All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process in early December 2022. Due to the Christmas and New Year holiday period between applications closing and the expedition itself, successful applicants must commit to responding promptly to all requests regarding travel and training requirements.
Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 globally and within Australia, Bush Blitz has a number of controls in place:
A fully-funded place on the 2023 Australian Alps Bush Blitz TeachLive survey includes:
This program will require a dedicated commitment by teachers. Your acceptance of a place on Bush Blitz TeachLive constitutes an agreement to fulfil all requirements outlined below. Successful applicants are expected to commit to the following:
This will form the main component of the application. We feel it is a chance to let your real passion shine through! In addition, Bush Blitz TeachLive is centred on the use of technology to communicate to your students from a remote location. Therefore, a video application ensures that you are familiar with use of relevant technologies. We encourage all interested teachers to just have a go! Your video will only be viewed internally. In this video, you must include:
Suggestions for those unfamiliar with video editing: Use smart phones for ﬁlming, and edit your video using free video- editing apps. For desktop devices, iMovie and Microsoft Video Editor are software which are often already available on Mac and PC computers.
The application form is in three parts.
Part C – three selection criteria questions, listed below (max 200 words each)
In order to help you prepare before you go online, here are the three selection criteria questions:
If you have any questions or queries about the application process please contact the ASTA Projects Officer at [email protected]
If you have any questions or queries about the expedition and TeachLive component please contact Sandra McCullough, Earthwatch Bush Blitz and TeachLive Program Manager, at [email protected].
APPLICATIONS FOR THIS EXPEDITION CLOSE ON 30 NOVEMBER 2022
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