Come on a journey with me and discover the power of project management to confidently deliver positive  outcomes that make a lasting impact to the environment, wildlife and the community!

 

About Project Checkpoint

Project Checkpoint offers quality and tailored project planning, 1-on-1 coaching, group training and grant services for individuals and organisations in the conservation (wildlife & environment) and citizen science industry. My goal is to help you achieve your project objectives and maximise overall impact.

The FREE 30 minutes consultation helps me understand your needs and propose a tailored work package which will deliver what you really want. I continuously try and ensure that my services remain accessible to as many projects out there as possible and form a community where we live and breathe Project Management. 

I also work with a handful of trusted scientists and researchers who could provide paid assistance with survey set-ups on iNaturalist, water quality testing surveys and other scientific elements of your project.

 

Geetha Ortac, the Founder & Director

Citizen Science, particularly for threatened species, was a big focus of my initial journey. In the last years, I transitioned to helping various conservation projects around the world to streamline project processes and discover new ways to achieve positive outcomes for the environment and wildlife.  I’ve worked with many stellar individuals who’ve given generously and worked passionately to protect nature and everything in it. I know how hard it can be to deliver project outcomes and meet funding requirements, especially when resources are limited. But I have also seen first-hand how project management and evaluation can make a valuable difference and equip someone to deal with any challenges thrown their way. 

My mission is to use my project management and evaluation experience to help you achieve the outcomes you envisioned for the environment, wildlife and the community.

To date, I have engaged with numerous individuals and organisations through my training, coaching, consultancy or grant services.

  • British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (UK) – Training
  • Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (NSW, Australia) – Project Evaluation
  • Threatened Species Conservancy (Australia) – ongoing Project Management Advisor + Grant Services
  • Liberia Endangered Species Association (Africa) – Training
  • National Waterbug Blitz Program (Australia) – Program Evaluation
  • Women in Conservation (Nepal) – Grant Services

Coached various other conservation scientists, environmental officers, project managers and project officers from India, U.S.A, and Australia.

 

My Approach

I value honesty, ethics and transparency. Being positive is a cherished personal mantra and I love promoting the benefits of long-term thinking, advocating to ‘stop and check now’ in order to set projects up for future success.

I listen deeply and ask (sometimes difficult) questions. Once I have a full understanding of your needs, a tailored support package will be designed to relieve the pressure on you and help deliver project outcomes that maximise conservation impact.

To find out if your project might be a good fit, why not book in for a complimentary discovery consultation

My Accreditations and Experience

‘I am an experienced project practitioner you can rely on to bring results.’

I am a Project Management Institute (PMI, United States) certified Project Management Professional. This is an internationally recognised certification which tells the world that I know what I am doing with Project Management.

I also hold a Masters of Science in Wildlife Health and Population Management (Sydney) and a Bachelor of Information Systems (Monash). I have worked on a wide variety of citizen science and conservation projects both locally and internationally in a range of different roles. I was the Scientist, Citizen Science supporting the Saving Our Species program – a $100 million initiative to conserve threatened species delivered by the NSW government’s former Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). In this role, I designed and managed a number of citizen science projects that contributed to threatened species recovery actions. As a Citizen Science Officer for the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA), I designed and implemented the Who’s living on my Land? project and the Dragons of Sydney Harbour project.

In 2017, I won the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Chief Executive’s Award for Customer Service acknowledging my work with citizen science projects and stakeholder engagement.

My professional memberships include the Project Management Institute, Australian Citizen Science Association and IUCN Commission for Education and Communication 2017-2020.

For more information about my skills and experience, please visit my LinkedIn profile.

     Testimonials 

Geetha's overall approach to her work is with detail, passion, positivity, exceptional project management skills, and an understanding of people that helps to bring out the best for the community, the environment and the project partners. She has incredible insight and tenacity in managing complex relationships and funding situations, whilst keeping projects on track and on time, with clear roles and responsibilities for partners/stakeholders involved. 

Ingrid Garland

Director, EnviroComm Connections Pty Ltd, NSW

I have worked with Geetha as part of a collaborative, multi-institutional team aimed at delivering conservation relevant research for threatened species. Geetha was the driving force behind the team. Her organisation, energy, and motivating nature played a huge role in getting us across the line on several successful funding applications, enabling important conservation science, management, and community engagement initiatives to progress. It would be a pleasure to work with Geetha again!

Ryan Pearson

Research Fellow in Marine Ecology, Griffith University, QLD

Geetha has been the architect and driver of a number of groundbreaking environmental Citizen Science projects that have successfully and seamlessly brought together scientists from various disciplines, government agencies, universities and businesses to work with local communities to improve environmental health. Her ability to "enable" people to work together and support both environment and community needs that stands her apart.

Dr Peter Serov

Director, Stygoecologia Consultancy, NSW

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