Lands Park & Wildlife
The Lands, Parks and Wildlife industry consists of government and non-government agencies who manage places of natural and cultural significance.
Areas of work include: conservation of ecosystems, planning and monitoring of ecologically sustainable development (esd), working in community conservation, managing introduced pests and diseases, supporting community education and interpretation, assisting with policy and planning development for the agency, responding to emergencies, involvement in national & international conservation, overseeing commercial, recreational and scientific activities, management of properties and structures, supporting and overseeing tourism activities in parks, supporting indigenous heritage and involvement in land management.
|Level||Job Role||Recommended Qualification|
|Level 2||Field Officer||Certificate II in Conservation & Land Management (Lands, Parks & Wildlife)|
|Level 3||Senior Field Officer||Certificate III in Conservation & Land Management (Lands, Parks & Wildlife)|
|Level 4||Field Supervisor||Certificate IV in Conservation & Land Management (Lands, Parks & Wildlife)|
|Level 5||Ranger/Senior Ranger||Diploma of Conservation & Land Management (Lands, Parks & Wildlife)|
The work undertaken by a level 2 field officer is partly supervised and may require some or all of the following tasks to be performed:
- Undertaking park maintenance and construction work such as fencing, paths and walking trails, and simple retaining walls. This may also include repairing buildings and structures and checking whether they are safe.
- Operating a range of machinery and equipment which could include tractors, 4x4 vehicles, agency vehicles, and chainsaws.
- Working with plants and animals such as observing and report on wildlife, trapping and releasing animals, and undertaking revegetation works.
- Safely using chemicals to treat weeds and pests is often required at this level.
- Working in remote and isolated areas, not just on land but also on water where skills may be required to operate a small boat. This requires map reading and radio communication skills.
- Sometimes field officers will be required to assist and provide site information to park visitors and or work as a guide to groups of visitors.
- Assisting with fire prevention, fire fighting and cleaning up activities.
A senior field officer is a skilled worker who can work effectively on their own or as part of a team and may be required to undertake some or all of the following tasks:
- Maintain park sites and facilities including natural and cultural resource areas, aquatic environments, and recreational zones. This can include building and structure maintenance to weed and pest control.
- Work with animals including responding to wildlife emergencies and maintaining habitats for animals.
- Supervise park construction and maintenance activities especially those involving volunteer or work experience workers.
- Interacting with park visitors by providing them with information, monitoring recreational activities, presenting interpretive programs and responding to rescue incidents.
- Coordinating revegetation programs including those involving community or school groups.
- Undertaking of fire prevention, fire fighting and cleaning up activities.
- Assisting with scientific research and wildlife surveys. This may include scuba diving in marine and freshwater environments.
A field supervisor will usually be responsible for a team of workers and may be required to undertake some or all of the following tasks:
- Daily supervision of staff and their park maintenance and construction activities with responsibility for their safety and work performance. This will also include on-job training of staff.
- Monitoring of plants and animals, park facilities and visitor activities and reporting threats and problems to park management.
- Recognising and protecting places of natural and cultural significance.
- Operating within the agency's budget, legislation and policies.
- Liaising with and providing information to the media, community and special interest groups.
- Planning, scheduling, costing and organising work activities to be undertaken in the park.
A ranger or senior ranger will usually be responsible for operational management of a park and its staff and may be required to undertake some or all of the following tasks:
- Overall management responsibility for a park or area on behalf of the agency including managing business operations and human resources.
- Preparing and monitoring budgets and financial reports.
- Conserving natural and cultural resources through implementing management plans and strategies.
- Conducting field research into fauna and flora populations and management.
- Manage projects and programs such as restoration of bushland, reduction of wildfire hazards and controlling weed, pest and disease infestations.
- Preparing and submitting reports, estimates and proposals for projects.