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Unique volunteer experience on Maatsuyker Island


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is seeking self-sufficient volunteers able to withstand the buffeting of the Roaring Forties for a six-month stint at Australia’s southernmost lighthouse on Maatsuyker Island.

Maatsuyker is part of the Southwest National Park and is famous for its rugged setting 10 kilometres off the south coast of Tasmania. Volunteers have been assisting the Parks and Wildlife Service in its management of the natural and cultural values of the island for a number of years.

The PWS is seeking expressions of interest from people willing to undertake these duties during a six month placement on the island between February 2014 to February 2015. The volunteers provide a presence on the remote island and help to maintain the heritage buildings and machinery and island volunteers also work with the Bureau of Meteorology under a separate contract to carry out daily weather observations. 

People interested in the position should be aware that the weather on Maatsuyker is frequently cold, wet and windy, that the island has limited facilities, and access is by helicopter. Further information about the opportunity is available in a Maatsuyker Island Volunteer Caretaker and Weather Observer Information Package available by contacting volunteer facilitator Pip Gowen at PWS Huonville  on 0427 648 463  or emailing pip.gowen@parks.tas.gov.au

Unique volunteer experience on Maatsuyker Island

People looking to get away from it all can spend six months on remote Maatsuyker Island as a Parks volunteer.