Meet the researcher

My duties at work are to:

  • Find out about native plants and animals
  • Find out about the places where plants and animals live
  • Find out how pests harm native plants and animals
  • Ask older people about how historic sites were used in the past
  • Study historic sites and record things about them
  • Prepare fire plans to reduce fire danger and to help protect the national park.

My workplace

I work outside collecting information at a variety of different places in national parks. I also work in an office writing reports and telling other people about my work. Sometimes I travel to other areas of Australia to learn more about the creatures or features that I am studying.

My work clothes

I often wear ordinary, comfortable clothes to work. When I am working outside, I wear boots, a hat, trousers and a shirt. Sometimes I have to go into creeks, rivers or the sea and I wear waders or a wetsuit.

My equipment

I use maps, cameras, binoculars, and animal traps, a GPS (global positioning system) so I know exactly where I am in remote places, and other scientific equipment. The traps are special traps that don't hurt the animals. I set the animals free after measuring and weighing them. In the office I use computers, books and magazines.

My job skills

I have been to university and studied science, history or archaeology. I am good at making observations, finding out about things and writing reports.

What I like about my job

I like to find out new information and give advice about protecting our national parks. I like finding out new things about our past or about unique plants and animals, and finding out better ways to protect them.

Learn more

Meet the researcher activity sheet (PDF 78KB)
If you were a researcher, what equipment would you need for different projects? Print out this activity sheet to find out.

Learn more about research in national parks
National Parks and Wildlife Service staff do many different kinds of research. See more details on some of our projects.

Page last updated: 01 October 2015