Boost for NSW environment with 100 new trainees

The NSW Government today announced it is creating up to 100 new traineeships for field officers on the front line in national parks across NSW.

Environment Minister Robyn Parker said the new program includes on the job training in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

“Our field officers work in iconic locations such the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park, Australia’s first national park – Royal, to the most remote corners of NSW doing everything from fighting fires to providing support to the millions of visitors to our parks and reserves,” Ms Parker said.

“This is a varied, hands-on outdoor career that is vital to caring for our national parks and everything they protect.

“These new trainees will be directed towards high visitation areas; high risk fire locations and where the need for younger field officers is greatest.”

The Field Officer Traineeship Program was triggered by a need to further improve succession planning in the face of an aging workforce.

“A recent workforce planning analysis identified field staff as an area that required an immediate focus and this program will help us bring new people into the agency and train them to be experienced field officers and ensure we maintain the highest levels of customer service and conservation management,” Ms Parker said.

“This program will ensure we continue to provide strong front line services in our parks, while creating jobs for people across NSW,” Ms Parker said.

Trainees that successfully complete the Certificate 111 in Conservation and Land Management through TAFE, and show commitment and dedication to the job will be employed as entry level field officers.

People interested in traineeships can express their interest with NPWS from today and they will receive an information pack with details about how and when they will be able to apply.

To find out more about this exciting new NPWS Field Officer Traineeship Program go to www.environment.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 361 967.