We work with the best and brightest to address Australia’s most pressing conservation challenges

We’re not about making a profit or taking sides. What we’ve done is adopt what’s known as the 4Cs philosophy. The 4Cs stand for Conservation, Culture, Community and Commerce.

This philosophy ensures the conservation outcomes we achieve are for the long-term: they can’t be overturned by a change in government or fail when external funding is withdrawn. They don’t rely on one hero but instead skill up entire communities who can identify what needs doing and are able to do it.

Our team is made up of scientists, ecologists, educators and adventurers. We know the value of good research and are not shy to innovate or try different approaches for conservation. We pick  projects where we know that we can make a difference, projects of local and national significance.

So what do the 4Cs mean for WildMob?

Conservation – our work is saving over 90 endangered species and the ecosystems they inhabit. That’s big picture stuff. These are things that could become extinct in 10 to 20 years if nothing is done to protect them. Australia has already lost close to 100 species and that’s way way too many.

Culture –  there is no single way to get things done. We work hard to understand, and always respect the culture of the communities we work with. That way we can better identify the opportunities for conservation, and get the job done.

Community  –  conservation doesn’t get done without people. We’re all about collaboration. We work with other environmental organisations, universities, governments, businesses, volunteers, landholders and everybody else! We know that no-one can save the world alone, and that lasting change only comes about through engaging entire communities.

Commerce  – let’s face it money is pretty important and we all need some of it. We believe that conservation doesn’t have to be a huge financial burden on communities. We shop locally, employ local people, and in fact, we make sure our volunteer’s conservation efforts improve local economies. On top of that we work with local people to build business products that actually make money from our conservation work. How’s that!


The most interesting thing that I learnt, was about myself. Having grown up in a city surrounded by technology, I learnt how dependent we are upon our phones, Facebook and etc. Yet being on an island away from phone reception or internet, I found that it was simply a desire as opposed to a necessity.

Brodie C.

WildMob is instrumental in conservation in Australia and working with them was a real privileged. Knowing that what your doing is having a impact, and seeing that impact as you work made my time with them a real highlight.


This was an amazing experience, getting to know more about nature, and gaining friendships. It was amazing to see how much more knowledge that I had gained about the environment, and how important it is to our community. To everyone out there, WILDMOB is an amazing program that makes you become one with nature. And also Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Chen-telle M.

Working with wildmob was incredible, being able to get real hands on experience and learning how conservation works in the real world has been eye opening and overall an invaluable experience. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience


The work we were doing is going to have a real, valuable impact.


The Bridled Nailtail Wallaby Experience is something that I will never forget. The first night of actual trapping was probably the most memorable night of my life! We were very fortunate in having "experienced" almost the complete cycle...from a little "pinkie" in the pouch to releasing a big guy (over 3kg) into the perimeter. I probably became too attached to that one, and had a tear in my eye as he hopped away to live his "real" life. The Wild Mob staff were incredibly patient with us "Mobsters" who had no experience with wallabies or even being in the bush. We all agreed that we learnt something new every day.


Meet the team

 An energetic bunch of scientists, ecologists, educators and thrill seekers united by a belief that we can save the environment.

Dr Derek Ball

Chief Executive Officer

Derek grew up a long way from the coast in the dust of outback Australia but a trip to the Great Barrier Reef when he was six fostered a love of the sea that would shape the rest of his life. Passionate with everything about the sea he pursued a Bachelor Degree followed by a PhD in marine biology and zoology. During his downtime Derek pursues his interests of SCUBA diving, boating, ocean kayaking, wildlife photography and travelling to global biodiversity hotspots and studying their management systems. Read more…

Camilla Wagstaff

Communications Manager

Camilla is a writer, reader and teller of stories. She’s awed by the power of words and their ability to inspire, delight and effect real change. Read more…

Kerensa McCallie

Programs Manager

Having grown up devouring books on every science topic available it was inevitable that Kerensa would end up somewhere in that field. However it wasn’t until her ecologist and keen indigenous land management advocate father came along, that Kerensa developed an interest in the natural and cultural realm. She has degrees in ecology/cultural anthropology and education, the later a legacy from Mum.  Read more…

Steve Fisher

Manager Marine Operations

Steve was born with saltwater in his blood. His father had been a commercial fisherman and his mother had run a volunteer marine rescue base. He grew up in a little coastal village on the central QLD coast and spent his days adventuring in homemade boats exploring the coastline. Read More…

Amanda Scrivenor

Project Leader

Amanda grew up on a farm in Gippsland, Victoria. She spent as much as her childhood as possible outside on the water or working on the family farm.

Her committed resolve to be outside as much as possible has not changed. Read More…

Margaret Christian

Norfolk Project Leader

Margaret moved to Norfolk Island in 1981 and soon after was employed by the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service. When the Norfolk Island National Park was later declared, there were 3 staff and that small team had the challenge of managing over 50 endemic species of flora and fauna. Read more…

Jodie Williams

Norfolk Project Leader

Jodie was born in Norfolk Island and is a direct descendant of the Pitcairners who arrived in 1856. Her passion for creative and artistic expressions founded a working career in graphic design. Jodie is devoted to her island home and community, and loves to share the diversity and beauty of Norfolk Island with those who visit her shores. Read more…

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Traditional Owner Acknowledgement

Wild Mob would respectfully like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, their Elders past and present, as well as the important role Indigenous people continue to play on the Land where we carry out our conservation projects.