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Background notes 3b

3b What are the jobs in national parks?

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When we think of jobs in national parks we generally think of rangers. However to look after our national parks and reserves requires a huge array of other jobs – and teamwork is important!

What exactly do rangers do? Read on and you will get an idea of the sorts of jobs they do. You can also find out about the great diversity of other jobs in the Parks and Wildlife Service and  how you can work towards getting employment in this area.

For a one page summary, read these career notes [PDF 124 KB].

Senior positions

Parks and Reserves Managers and Senior Rangers are involved with: staff and budget management; project management; liaising with government agencies (such as the Tasmania Fire Service, Police, Forestry) and local businesses; policy development; conservation planning for flora, fauna and cultural heritage (Aboriginal and European) and much more. They generally have University degrees in Applied Science/Science or Environmental Management. They have studied topics like flora, fauna, planning, engaging the local community, indigenous issues, heritage building preservation, weeds and endangered species.

Check the subjects you need for university entrance. Many institutions run courses including Charles Sturt Uni - NSW, www.csu.edu.au – who offer distance courses.

Related courses are available at University of Tasmania http://www.utas.edu.au/ and New England University http://www.une.edu.au/ to name a few.

Park rangers

SES fire fighters information guide animal care educating students on a beach restoration tourist information weed managent office staff

Some of the many jobs of
Parks and Wildlife Service staff

Rangers are involved in daily land management issues. Some of this work is in the field and hands on. Rangers use computers, manage budgets, fight fires, work with local communities, assist visitors, rescue animals and people, drive tractors, clean facilities, carry out enforcement, spray weeds, control feral animals and much more. They may have studied at University or TAFE (www.tafe.tas.gov.au) and have skills in Conservation and Land Management - including mechanics, chainsaw safety, occupational health and safety, environmental management, knowledge of plants, animals, feral cats/foxes, weeds - poisoning techniques.

Wildlife specialist jobs

These jobs include zoologists, marine biologists, threatened species/feral pest scientists, botanists, earth scientists and game management. They work with wildlife surveys, devils, eagles, threatened species flora etc.

Rangers regularly work with these specialists who are in a different department but closely linked – the Department of Primary Industries and Water. Many students will think of this work when they think of ‘Rangers’. Qualifications are usually University degrees in zoology/botany/environmental management often with Honours or Masters.

Other Park-based jobs

TAFE qualifications will help you to be competitive in applying for:

  • Field Officers – assist Rangers, they do practical jobs like building, fire fighting, road maintenance, track maintenance, cleaning toilets, rubbish, picnic shelters and walker huts. There qualifications may include TAFE - Conservation and Land Management courses.
  • Administration – they organise, balance money/accounts, records and much more. They may also organise practical things like food, transport, staff and accommodation for emergency situations like fires.
  • Visitor Reception Officers – they have a very good knowledge of their park, other parks around the State, have good customer service and deal with publication sales.
  • Cave Guide – they are great with people, good communicators and have a strong knowledge of caves and surrounding forests.
  • Discovery (Education) Ranger – they work full time over the summer running fun, educational activities for park visitors, they are good communicators, and have a very good knowledge of Tasmania’s national parks as well as our plants, wildlife and cultural heritage.
  • Fire Crew – they have undertaken fire training, work at fires and on control burn programs. They have undertaken remote first aid training, are good at being independent, and work well in teams.
  • Track Workers – they have good building skills, remote first aid training, are good at living in the bush for periods of time, and are capable and independent.

Regional or City Jobs

  • Managers – set priorities, coordinate work
  • Planners – park management plans
  • Interpretation/education – run training, communication/signs, brochures, website, talks
  • Asset Management – building standards
  • Public Relations – media contact/communication
  • Fire Management – planning/control
  • Heritage management – historic/marine sites
  • Track Management – safety/monitor tracks
  • Marine Reserve – planning/management
  • Park entry – administer passes
  • Commercial Services – business/tour operators
  • Finance – tracking park expenses
  • Human resources – staff management and recruitment.

How can you find out about current jobs?

Vacancies will be advertised in the newspaper and on the website http://www.jobs.tas.gov.au/.

Positions are very competitive, and you may need to persevere.

Visit national parks, look around, watch and see what is happening. Join Wildcare http://www.wildcaretas.org.au/ and volunteer in a park or volunteer with Tasmania Fire Service http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/.

If you are very keen, ring and ask for an appointment to meet one of our staff.