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Call for volunteer caretakers for Maatsuyker Island


Maatsuyker Island is approximately 10 kilometres off the coast and is within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The lighthouse is Australia’s southernmost lighthouse station.

Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Jeremy Hood said the volunteer caretaker program provides a year-round presence on the island which has significant heritage infrastructure and natural values.

“The caretaker program, which requires volunteers to commit to staying on the island for a period of six months, also provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself and partner, in a stunning natural environment away from modern distractions such as traffic and the internet,” Mr Hood said.

“We are looking for self-sufficient people that are healthy, have a proven ability to live and work in remote locations, and are able to carry out caretaking services including maintenance of grounds, buildings and plant and equipment. Additionally, they are required to carry out daily weather observations for the Bureau of Meteorology, for which they receive training and payment.”

Transport to the island by helicopter is provided. Volunteers are sought for periods of six months from either September to March or March to September. For safety reasons at the remote location, couples or individuals (minimum of two) are preferred.

The PWS manages Maatsuyker Island in partnership with the Wildcare Inc group Friends of Maatsuyker Island.

A Maatsuyker Island Volunteer Caretaker and Weather Observer Information Package is available from either the Parks and Wildlife Service website www.parks.tas.gov.au or www.wildcaretas.org.au.

Applications close on 30 January 2017.