The Team

The Kaluta team is set to grow, check back in to see new members as they are added. Currently we are able to hire personnel as required to fill a variety of roles that clients may need.

Nathan Litjens

Principal Ecologist and Director

The founder of Kaluta (Australia), Nathan Litjens was always fascinated by the natural world, growing up beside an Estuary and flora and fauna reserve in Mt Martha, Victoria.

From a young age he spent countless hours in the bush and eventually was able to leave and head north to the Riverina and then on to North Queensland where he worked as an interpretive guide on a crocodile spotting tour - spending even more time exploring the wildlife and habitats of the region and even exploring the troubled region of Papua to the north. From there he moved to Darwin - the northernmost capital city in Australia to work along the coastline and introduce people to the natural and cultural landscape of Kakadu National Park and surrounding areas. During this time he began producing multimedia for the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT and assisted in a number of expeditions to Western Australia, the NT and Cape York, as well as assisting with fish research, camera work and short film production for Bush Blitz in the remote Kimberley of Western Australia. In this time he also took a year to explore Eastern Indonesia and the environmentally and socially embattled island of Borneo.


For three years he worked in the remote Kimberley, introducing visitors to one of the most remote places on Earth, its natural beauty - and the species within. 

Moving back to Victoria for family reasons he took more of a proactive stance and worked contracts as a fauna spotter/catcher in both Victoria and Queensland, moving up to the position of Environmental Advisor within a linear infrastructure project.

Moving to Brisbane, he decided that it was time to start his own business and put all of his skills and knowledge on offer with the goal of expanding and including others that would benefit from a head start in these industries.

Nathan can offer a variety of industry recognized qualifications including:

- S11 Coal Mining Induction

- QLD Coal Board Medical clearance

- Full driver's licence with Medium Rigid endorsement

- 4WD certificate

- Coxswain's certificate

- Reptile and venomous snake control (VU21577, VU21576, VU21575, VU21578, VU21579)

- Industry Safety Induction (Gas industry)

- Construction White Card (National)

- Queensland Construction Induction (Workplace Health and Safety Queensland)

- Clear criminal history

- PADI Open Water SCUBA certification

- RePL drone pilot

Not only that but he can offer skills and experience in:

- Remote automated camera surveying and sensor design

- Drone surveying and mapping skills

- Multimedia production

  - Adobe After Effects

  - Adobe Premiere Pro

  - Adobe Lightroom

  - Adobe InDesign

- Filming

- Many forms of photography

- Sound recording

- Very broad photography skills

- Boots-on-the ground surveying

  - Pitfall trapping

  - Funnel trapping

  - Elliott trapping

  - Cage trapping

  - Habitat assessment

  - Spotlight surveys

  - Frog call surveys

  - Mammal ID

  - Frog/reptile ID

  - Bird ID

  - Plant ID

- Bat ultrasound recording and identification