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Activity Teacher Notes 2.11

2.11 Team work in the Parks and Wildlife Service

Levels: P, S, SS
Focus curriculum areas: Society and history
Supporting curriculum area: Health and well-being
Key concepts: Team support, isolation

whale rescue team at workSES firefightersstudents explorer a rock formation

Understanding goals

Students investigate examples of teamwork in the community.

Students research what it’s like to live in isolated places.


1. Compose a list of questions to ask a visitor. Choose someone who works in a job where teamwork is very important. Invite them to speak to your class.

(Include questions like how many work in your team, what are the roles of team members and how does each member contribute to the success of the team.)

2. Here are some situations where Parks and Wildlife Service staff work together in teams.

  • fighting bushfires and conducting planned burns
  • whale rescue
  • search and rescue
  • repairing tracks.
  1. Choose one of these teams and work out some things you think they do in their job. What are some the personal qualities that your chosen team members would need?

    You can use the personal qualities list to help you.

  2. Develop a senario for one of the above teams. Write a procedure on steps taken to solve the issues in your senario.

3. National parks are often in isolated places. Staff numbers are often low and people must live and work closely together. Is that something that interests you? Discuss in pairs what you see as the advantages and disadvantages.

4. Research the lifestyle on Macquarie Island – find out what it is like living with 13–14 people for a year. (Macquarie Island is managed by the Parks & Wildlife Service of Tasmania)

5. Make up a 3-minute interview between a reporter and someone who has lived in isolation. Explain how you solved the problem of living in a tent for weeks coping with your work mates smelly socks. Show the class.

6. Invite someone who has lived on Macquarie Island or an Antarctic base to visit your class.

7. Do a team bonding exercise (eg. find different ways to pick up and carry an injured person)

Going further

Parks and Wildlife's Macquarie Island web pages

Antarctic Division web site