NPWS to recruit 125 new staff state-wide

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is hiring 125 new staff across NSW. These staff will play a vital role in managing a world class network of 870 national parks including through effective fire management and feral animal control.

Alpine vegetation, Kosciuszko Summit, Kosciuszko National Park

Mick Pettitt, NPWS Southern Ranges Branch Director said the state-wide recruitment drive was to enable an increase in hazard reduction activity in national parks and to ensure more NPWS firefighters are in place before the 2020/21 bushfire season.

Field officers are at the frontline protecting national parks and threatened wildlife. Fighting fires is a key priority, as well as delivering feral animal control, maintaining walking tracks and other infrastructure and supporting threatened species conservation projects.

Atticus Fleming, Deputy Secretary of NPWS said ‘We are on the hunt for problem solvers who have a passion for the Australian bush, who can use initiative and think on their feet and who will bring a good practical approach to their work.”

“The work is varied and will be well supported with training opportunities. Importantly, this is a chance to make a difference as one of the team protecting 7.2 million hectares of national parks, from the islands of Sydney Harbour, to the desert country in the north west, the forests along the Great Dividing Range and the alpine country in the Snowy Mountains.

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime, and NPWS is an equal opportunity employer, so I encourage everyone to apply.”

Applications are invited from people of all genders and many of the roles are targeted for employment of Aboriginal people.

As one of the state’s four frontline firefighting agencies, NPWS works closely with other agencies to manage fire both inside and outside national parks.

This recruitment is supported by $22.9 million in funding committed by the NSW Government as an interim budget boost ahead of the next bushfire season. This funding will also be used for an additional helicopter to ensure rapid response teams are well placed to protect people, property and the environment. Further information is available online.

Recruitment is open until Monday 6 July 2020. Further information about the roles is available at iworkfor.nsw.gov.au, where applications may be submitted.

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