Kristin Charlton

Kristin Charlton

Community Engagement Officer

Likes: Field hockey, netball, trying to play guitar, skiing, going to the beach, failing at baking vegan treats

Dislikes: Inequality, Pizza, Environmental Degradation, Pollution

Favourite Animal in the Yarra Catchment: Grey-headed Flying Fox


Originally from Western Australia, Kristin’s love for rivers and nature was fostered through growing up along Perth’s own natural icon, the Swan River.  Kristin makes sure the office is a well-oiled machine, coordinates volunteers and tends to all things member-related.

Kristin plans and delivers our online content, keeping the public well informed about environmental disturbances and the beautiful native plants and animals found on the Yarra River. She also manages our growing volunteer base.

Holding a Master of Environment and Bachelor of Commerce, Kristin has strong experience in communications, previously volunteering for Bottle for Botol, an environmental not for profit which educated students in Australia and Indonesia about the impacts of plastic waste on the environment.  And at AgUnity, an environmental not for profit which harnesses the technology of blockchain and a smartphone to help smallholder farmers in developing countries lift themselves out from poverty. Kristin also completed a project management internship in the Energy Group at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning , learning valuable policy development, management and governance skills. Kristin seeks opportunities where she can help the community, industries and governments work towards achieving environmental and social sustainability.

Outside of keeping our amazing members and community well-informed, Kristin enjoys field-hockey, exploring Victoria’s beautiful parks and adopting as many plant children as possible.


“The Yarra River and Merri Creek have provided me with my favourite pastime since moving to Melbourne, which is walking or jogging along the great inner-city trails. I can’t imagine living somewhere without water and I love how the River has many atmospheres – from a place that is full of life to a place of serenity.”