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NPWS field officer traineeships

Field Officer Jessica Ella; Pete Taseski/OEH

National park field officers

National park field officers work everywhere - from the islands of Sydney Harbour to the remote corner country and the ski fields.

They do everything from fighting fires and supervising pest programs, to maintaining walking tracks and overseeing bush regeneration.

On 21 November 2013, the Minister for the Environment announced that up to 100 traineeships would be created for field officers on the front line in national parks across NSW.

This new program is supported by training through a Registered Training Organisation, coaching and on the job training.

When will the traineeships be offered?

The NPWS trainee field officer program has been highly successful. Thirty-seven trainee field officers were placed into ongoing roles from the first two intakes. A third intake will be considered after further detailed workforce planning identifies where there is greatest need for trainees. Due dates for applications to any future intakeswill be announced on the NPWS website once they are confirmed.

You can register your interest in receiving information about future intakes using the form at the bottom of this page. You will be notified when the positions are being advertised on I work for NSW . 

As the dates for future intakes are under review, we recommend waiting until any intake dates have been announced before registering your interest. 

Senior Field Officer Chantelle Clark holds a micro bat, Mount Grenfell Historic Site fauna survey; Libby Lindsay/OEH

About the traineeships

Field officers ensure that the public have access to high-quality, safe recreational facilities in some of the most beautiful places in the world and:

  • carrying out works programs
  • maintaining and improving park facilities and assets including buildings, roads, fire trails and fencing
  • operate and maintaining plant and equipment
  • protecting natural and cultural heritage, and
  • providing advice to park visitors and local residents.

Trainees may be offered ongoing employment as entry level field officers subject to the following conditions:

  • successful completion of all aspects of the program
  • demonstrated commitment and dedication to the job
  • hold an appropriate driver's licence
  • being assessed as proficient under the Public Service Commission capability framework
  • a field officer role being available anywhere within NPWS.

Frequently asked questions

The questions and answers page contains more details about the program to help you decide whether the traineeship program is suitable for you.

For further enquiries email NPWS.traineeship@environment.nsw.gov.au.

Location of traineeships

Up to 100 trainee roles will be offered over the duration of the program and located across NSW national parks. The exact locations will be advised at the commencement of each stage of recruitment.

The map indicates the locations currently covered by NPWS.


regions of NSW

Register your interest in the traineeship program

You can register your interest using the form at the bottom of this page. As the dates for future intakes are under review, we recommend waiting until any intake dates have been announced before registering your interest.

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Page last updated: 02 May 2018