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Thirteen young people have celebrated the successful completion of a two year trainee program with the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, congratulated the trainees, eight of whom already have found jobs, and presented them with certificates in Conservation and Land Management or Tourism at Hobart.

"The trainees achieved a Certificate III in Tourism or Conservation and Land Management, in a very successful partnership with TAFE Tasmania and the Drysdale Institute," Ms Wriedt said.

"The fact that these 13 trainees had a 99 percent completion rate from the start of the program to their graduation today is an amazing result, both for the trainees and their mentors and colleagues in the Parks and Wildlife Service.

"Through this program the Parks and Wildlife Service has become a leader in Tasmania in training and employing young people in the State service.

"The program has had huge benefits for the community, by providing employment and training opportunities in regional communities and remote locations from the Arthur River to Maria Island, to the State's iconic parks such as Mt Field, Cradle Mountain, Freycinet and Mole Creek.

"The benefits for the trainees are the opportunities to participate in experiences as wide ranging as fire fighting, whale strandings, cave maintenance and track work, as well as administration and dealing with a high volume of public inquiries at visitor centres.

"This translates into benefits for future employers as they will have a youthful, qualified employee with high self-esteem, confidence and a wide range of skills."

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager Peter Mooney, said the program had immense benefits for all Parks and Wildlife Service staff.

"The trainees have brought exposure to new ideas, introspection and re-evaluation of work practices and procedures, and above all, a healthy injection of youthful enthusiasm," Mr Mooney said.

Ms Wriedt said at the time of graduation, eight of the 13 graduates have commenced on-going employment, including five of the trainees who are now working with the Fox Eradication Program.

The Parks and Wildlife Service has conducted four trainee programs since 2001, representing 60 positions for young Tasmanians.

A new program for Aboriginal trainees will start in October.

The trainees will be based at the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area, Flinders Island and a location in southern Tasmania.