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Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park


Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p


When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

AFAC Independent Operational Review of the 2018-19 bushfires


Following the 2018-19 bushfires the Tasmanian Government commissioned an independent report by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council to review the overall response and identify areas where more can be done to improve the State's response andMore

Summer Volunteer Caretaker Program Applications now OPEN!

Applications are now being sought from interested persons, for 1-month volunteer placements in some of Tasmania’s most beautiful national parks and reserves. Applications close on Monday 26th August 2019, with the exception of Maatsuyker that closes on 8th August.

Cockle Creek Handover Martyn Lorraine Heather Christine Volunteers CC Feb 2011

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in southern Tasmania, manage 6 Volunteer Caretaker Programs at the following sites and locations:

· Cape Bruny Lightstation
· Bruny Island Quarantine Station
· Mt Field National Park Campground
· Maatsuyker Island
· Cockle Creek
· Melaleuca in the South West National Park

‘Volunteer Caretakers play such an important role both in summer and, in some cases, year round, by providing a welcome face to our visitors locally and from all over the world’, says Pip Gowen (Regional Volunteer Facilitator South).

Typical volunteer tasks include meeting and greeting visitors, providing information and interpretation and ensuring our gateways to our parks, reserves and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) are clean and well presented. 

'Volunteers also assist the PWS by providing extra hands for basic maintenance of grounds and buildings. Every year, volunteers say how much they have enjoyed the opportunity to live in a wonderful spot while meeting lots of interesting people and giving our rangers a helping hand’, Pip added.

Accommodation is provided at most sites for the duration of the placement and PWS provide support throughout, including a full induction and safety briefing, volunteer uniforms and personal protective equipment.

Volunteer caretaker Eugene Hedemman assisting walkers fill out log book Feb 2018

Applications are being sought from anyone interested in 1-month volunteer placements from October 2019 through until the end of April 2020.

For all enquiries please go to the PWS website volunteer page How to Volunteer  or contact Pip Gowen, by email at: volunteersouth@parks.tas.gov.au

 Applications close on Monday 26th August 2019, with the exception of Maatsuyker that closes on 8th August.