"I love working in the outdoors and broadening my cultural knowledge. In the morning, I wake up and I’m excited to go to work. I’m glad I took up the opportunity to work at the Nature Parks”. Shani, Environment Ranger.
Join our team
Employees at Phillip Island Nature Parks all work towards the same goal - protecting nature for wildlife and inspiring people to act. As the largest employer on Phillip Island, our organisation provides a variety of rewarding career paths and opportunities catering to all kinds of skillsets. Our people are enthusiastic, committed, and professional in what they do. They undertake a range of activities across the conservation, research, visitor experience and tourism sectors. If you choose to work with us, you will work with an enthusiastic team of people who are committed to the protection of our beautiful natural environment.
At Phillip Island Nature Parks, we are committed to fostering a safe and inclusive culture. We recognise the values, diversity of the culture, beliefs, practices, customs, physical and intellectual abilities and life experiences of people and are committed to ensuring our workplace is free of discrimination.
We welcome applications from people with diverse skills & experience, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disabilities, people that identify as LGBTIQ+, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
We offer flexible work arrangements for our team including parents, carers, people with disabilities and employees impacted by family violence. The Nature Parks is a child-safe environment. Everyone at Nature Parks is responsible for the care and protection of children in accordance with our Child Protection and Safety Policy and Code of Conduct.
A variety of roles exist across our organisation, including:
• Scientific research
• Environment management (environment rangers)
• Ground services and maintenance
• Frontline customer service – retail and admissions
• Education rangers
• Visitor Experience rangers
• Health and Safety
Our staff contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of our organisation through active participation in Occupational Health and Safety, Vision and Values, Sustainability and Social committees. We are a 7-day week operation requiring full time and part-time staff, 365 days of the year. Our hours of operation mean staff may work during the day or in the evening and we offer flexibility in hours.
Our research scientists and technical specialists maintain a world-leading research program on little penguins; undertake research-led management of Australian fur seals; management of coastal birds such as the hooded plover, crested terns & kelp gulls and enhance the reputation of our organisation through publications of research and supporting PhD students. The team collaborate and lead in threatened species management through the protection of existing species potential reintroductions of regionally threatened species. We employ scientifically qualified people with specific experience seabirds or coastal birds, mammals or quantitative ecology, however, we also support university students undertaking honours, masters or PhD.
Our environment staff are involved in habitat rehabilitation and revegetation which is important for our little penguins, shearwaters and other shorebirds; pest and animal control; wildlife protection and rehabilitation and interpretation and education. They are also involved in visitor management and supporting field volunteers. Working in our environment team you will need a qualification in land and conservation management, environment or natural resource management.
Ground Services and Maintenance
Maintaining our facilities, grounds and equipment is important for the ongoing activities of our business. The skills required by these staff includes building/carpentry, garden/lawn maintenance and cleaning.
Frontline Customer service – retail and admissions
You will see our frontline staff selling tickets and providing information about the Nature Parks to our visitors while our retail staff will be providing information on products and serving our visitors as they shop in one of our four stores. Stock control and management are also key skills required in retail. Staff customer service skills are of high quality and they need to understand different cultures.
Leading school groups on educational tours is the responsibility of our education rangers who have either teaching or adult education qualifications or interpretation skills. They also develop tours for the Penguin parade and assist with other environmental activities.
Visitor Experience/Engagement Rangers
Our Visitor Experience and Engagement rangers showcase our little penguin at the Penguin Parade as well as assisting visitors each night. The skills they require include interpretation, customer service, communication and crowd management.
We employ a range of people in administration including, people and culture, financial services, reception and executive services, marketing and occupational health and safety. While the skills of these staff are varied, they do all require sound communication skills, a sound understanding and experience in their field as well as the capacity to work with staff across a multi-site, multi-faceted organisation.