We’re Hiring! Database Support Officer – Any Location

Location: Remotely from home, ANY location. FULL TIME

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australia-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris: one of the major environmental issues worldwide. We do this by removing what’s already out there, stopping the flow of litter into the ocean and reducing the amount of waste produced.

We created the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) an on-ground network of volunteers, communities, organisations and partners that contribute data on marine debris to the AMDI Database, and then use this data to inform and monitor solutions that stop the flow of litter at its source.

The Database Support Officer role supports the Tangaroa Blue team through data entry, provides data reports, tables and charts for project reporting and assists both internal and external Database users and clients with data entry, vetting and technical support regarding data submissions. 

About the role

You will be responsible for:

  • Data entry and vetting;
  • Producing on-demand data reports and analysis;
  • First tier technical support to internal and external users;
  • Maintaining data system files to ensure data quality and integrity;
  • QGIS mapping file maintenance; and
  • Supporting field-based employees, volunteers and community groups with data entry, debris identification and technical support. 

This is a part-time role, with flexible work location however applicants with at least 4 hours crossover with AEST will be viewed favourably. 

About you

You have a keen interest in environmental stewardship, but more importantly you love analyzing data sets to aid in data-driven decisions to minimise the impact of marine debris on marine and human life across fresh or saltwater country. 

You have at least 12 months of experience in data entry and/or vetting and a keen interest in data and tech support roles. 

You also might have experience in GIS mapping and geospatial database systems, SQL Database queries, and an understanding of ITIL frameworks. 

You must have:

    • Proficiency in Microsoft office, including EXCEL and Access;
    • Proficiency in Google suite applications including Google sheets; and
    • Demonstrated attention to detail, problem-solving and exceptional customer service skills.

How to apply:

Send your cover letter and CV to emily@tangaroablue.org to apply.

Date published: 11-Jan-2022

Extreme Marine Debris Mission in WA

During December 2021, Tangaroa Blue Foundation Project Coordinator Casey Woodward worked with an incredible team from The Movement South West to retrieve 353 kgs of trawling rope that had washed up and lodged itself in limestone rock on a remote part of beach, south of Injinup Point in Western Australia. It was a huge task to take on and this team did so with enthusiasm and grit. We are very grateful to each volunteer for their efforts. You can watch a fantastic video about the mission below!

Thanks to the Johnson Ohana Foundation for supporting this event and to the talented David Ebbott and Hamish Stubbs for capturing the mission on video!

Tyre recycling program risks becoming a micro-pollution disaster

A shocking one billion waste tyres are generated worldwide each year. Working out what to do with them is one of the biggest waste challenges we face today.

The Australian government is investing in solutions that shreds tyres into ‘rubber crumb’ to build playground surfaces and infill artificial turf. Unfortunately, this is not the solution it seems.

A new study shows rubber crumb playgrounds release an estimated 1.2 million crumbs on average into the immediate environment, while other research suggests tyre chemicals may have toxic health effects on both marine and human life. Experts warn immediate steps are needed to ensure government-endorsed recycling programs don’t solve a problem, while quietly causing another.

Review the ReefClean AUSMAP Rubber Crumb Loss Assessment Report

Review the Rubber Crumb Impact Report

Take Action:

– Email the Australian Government’s Minister for the Environment at stewardship.list@awe.gov.au requesting a review of federal government funding into the Tyre Stewardship Australia’s rubber crumb recycling program until thorough research into human health and environmental harm has been conducted.

– Send a letter to your local Councillor telling them why they should use organic materials like sand for playgrounds and to infill artificial turf in your local area.

– Take a photo showing any degraded rubber crumb park surfaces in your area and post to @Tangaroa Blue on Facebook or Instagram. Also tag #AMDI and #RubberCrumbFail to showcase how this issue is impacting the environment across Australia.

Ten years of citizen science data from the AMDI Database has informed a UNSW study

Plastic is 84 per cent of all rubbish found across Australian beaches, a UNSW-led study based on the data from the Australian Marine Debris Initiative database, has found.

“The AMDI Database contains entries of beach clean-ups across Australia, but the added value of this database is that volunteers take the time to categorise what they find, sorting and counting the amounts of plastic, glass, rubber, metal, paper and other items,” study lead author and PhD candidate, Jordan Gacutan from UNSW Science’s Centre for Marine Science and Innovation in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, says.

More than 2000 organisations and 150,000 citizen scientists have participated in the Australian Marine Debris Initiative by sorting and tallying up marine debris they have collected since it was set up by the not-for-profit Tangaroa Blue Foundation in 2004.

“We can combine this rich data over space and time to get patterns of the marine debris and plastic problem across Australia.

“This study shows, with unprecedented resolution, the variation in debris items both regionally and across Australia.”

Study co-author and Dean of UNSW Science, Professor Emma Johnston, says very few environmental stresses are able to be measured on a national scale.

Read more about the study here.

Access the full article here.