Meet the field officer
My duties at work are to:
- build and look after roads, tracks, picnic shelters, signs and camping areas
- keep animal pests and weeds under control
- fight bush fires and reduce fire hazards
- clear fallen timber and dangerous trees from roads and picnic areas
- fix national parks equipment.
Sometimes I work at the workshop repairing equipment. At other times I am in the office or out in the national park.
Over summer I sometimes go to other places to help fight fires.
My work clothes
My uniform is a khaki cotton shirt, thick shorts or trousers, boots and a hat. My shirt has a NPWS badge on the shoulder. I wear safety equipment such as a helmet, goggles and ear muffs when working with machines. When I am fighting fires I wear special protective clothes.
I drive trucks, tractors and mowers. I use a chainsaw (for special purposes), brush cutter, pumps and lots of other tools. When I am fighting fires, I drive a water tanker truck loaded with special tools. In the office I use a computer.
My job skills
I am good at driving, fixing equipment and building things such as shelters, boardwalks and signs. I need to know about native animals and plants, weeds and animal pests.
What I like about my job
I enjoy working outside and improving the facilities of national parks. My job is active and it keeps me fit.
More stuff to download
Activity sheet (PDF - 142KB)
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Page last updated: 27 February 2011