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The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking 13 trainees with an interest in gaining qualifications and experience in a range of roles that include visitor reception, field work and administration.

Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) general manager Peter Mooney said this year's intake of 13 new trainees will bring the total involved in the PWS traineeship programs to 21.

"The new trainees will join five Aboriginal trainees plus another three in administration and other roles," Mr Mooney said.

"The trainee program is a real boon to regional Tasmania as 12 out of the 13 new trainee positions will be located across the State in areas such as Seven Mile Beach, Maria Island, Mt Field, Mole Creek, Freycinet, Cradle Mountain, Strahan and Lake St Clair.

"As well as providing young people with valuable workplace skills and a portable qualification, it enables them to lend additional support to service the increased number of visitors to Tasmania and our national parks and reserves.

"Trainees inject a youthful enthusiasm, fresh ideas and generally increase the diversity of the workforce and this is greatly appreciated by their managers, colleagues and by visitors."

The program, sponsored by PWS since 2002, provides trainees with customer service and administration skills, knowledge of Tasmania's natural and cultural attractions and practical skills in tourism and conservation management.

As part of the program, the trainees undertake formal training to gain certificates in tourism, conservation and land management and business administration.

Mr Mooney said the trainees had gained a valuable insight into the many facets of park management including enhancing the experience for hundreds of visitors and being actively involved in whale rescues and fire management.
The PWS trainee program is a cooperative effort with Tasmanian training providers TAFE Tasmania - Natural Resources and Drysdale Institute and Work & Training Ltd.

Funding for the PWS trainee program is provided by park entry fees and is also supported through various Commonwealth incentive schemes and through the Office of Post-Compulsory Education and Training (OPCET).

Advertisements for the trainee positions appeared in the Mercury, Examiner and Advocate this weekend, and can also be found at www.jobs.tas.gov.au