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The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and the Wildcare Group, Friends of Bruny Island Quarantine Station are seeking volunteer caretakers for a new summer program at the site.

Parks and Wildlife Service Southern Region Acting Manager, Shane Breen, said this latest opportunity continues  the tradition of volunteers in assisting the PWS in its management of many remote sites, including the Bruny Island lighthouse and Maatsuyker Island.

“The Wildcare Group, Friends of Bruny Island Quarantine Station have been very productive in working with the PWS to achieve the objective of having a site that is open to the public,” Mr Breen said.

“A series of working bees have helped to transform the medical superintendent’s house to prepare it for occupation by a caretaker, and now we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers prepared to live at this fascinating site at beautiful Barnes Bay,” he said.

Mr Breen said the volunteer caretakers will be based for four-week periods in the renovated cottage that was built in 1884.

“It is planned that caretakers will open the station to visitors each Sunday, starting from November 2013.

“They will provide information about the self-guided heritage walk, carry out minor maintenance and assist with coordination of other PWS and Friends of Bruny Island Quarantine Station activities,” Mr Breen said.

An information package is available on the Wildcare Inc website http://www.wildcaretas.org.au/groups_details/quarantine_station and the PWS website is http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/file.aspx?id=32253

Applications close on Friday, 1 November 2013.

The Quarantine Station is located on a peninsula extending into Barnes Bay at the northern part of Bruny Island and it held German internees during the World War 1, became a quarantine site during the 1918-1919 flu pandemic and later, a plant quarantine station. It was proclaimed as a state reserve in 2003.