How can I become a park field officer?

Park Field Officers work everywhere from the islands Sydney Harbour to the remote corner country and the ski fields doing everything from fighting fires and supervising pest programs, to maintaining walking tracks and overseeing bush regeneration. They ensure that the public have access to high-quality, safe recreational facilities and:

  • carry out works programs
  • maintain and improve park facilities and assets including buildings, roads, fire trails and fencing
  • operate and maintain plant and equipment
  • protect natural and cultural heritage, and
  • provide advice to park visitors and local residents.


Some of the skills and qualities required to work as a field officer include:

  • a good knowledge of parks, conservation issues and recreational opportunities and skills and experience in managing natural and cultural heritage
  • the ability and experience to operate and maintain plant and equipment, grounds, facilities and workplaces such as buildings, essential services, roads, walking tracks, fences and recreational and accommodation facilities.
  • the willingness and ability to undertake hygiene maintenance duties, carry out fire-fighting duties and support roles
  • a commitment to carry out all duties safely and appropriately
  • effective communication skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to be flexible and organised
  • a current driver's licence and the ability to drive four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Physical demands

The position of field officer is very physically demanding, requiring lifting, carrying loads, bending climbing and driving many vehicles as well as fire fighting. Applicants must obtain medical clearance and pass a physical assessment to undertake this position.

Cadetships and traineeships

OEH offers traineeships and Indigenous cadetships. Traineeships are work-based training programs involving relevant work experience, training and mentorship. Cadetships involve full-time study and practical work experience. A cadet ranger assists with programs to protect the natural, Aboriginal and historic heritage, including wildlife protection, ecological restoration and park management. Cadets and trainees may be offered a permanent placement with OEH after successfully completing their program.

Contact the Learning and Development Section on (02) 9585 6994.


Vacancies are advertised on the NSW government jobs website.

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