At Phillip Island Nature Parks we hope to inspire future generations to a career in environmental conservation. Below are opportunities and information for you to learn more about a potential future in conservation.

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Work Experience                                       

Work Experience

Work experience opportunities are available for year 10 students who have a passion for working in the environment. Our unique week-long program allows students to gain hands on experience in many areas of the Nature Parks, including assisting rangers at the Penguin Parade, revegetation work with the environment team, koala enclosure maintenance at the Koala Conservation Centre and daily farming activities on Churchill Island Heritage Farm.   

Work Experience dates for 2017

  • June 19 – 23 BOOKED OUT
  • June 26 – 30 BOOKED OUT
  • July 17 – 21 BOOKED OUT
  • July 24 – 28 
  • September 11 – 15 
  • September 18 – 22 BOOKED OUT
  • October 9 – 13 
  • October 16 – 20 


NB: Positions are limited and fill fast. Unfortunately we are unable to offer dates for the whole school year. However in the past, schools have allowed students out of class to attend the dates we offer if the dates do not coincide with the schools work experience dates. Please discuss this with your school work experience coordinator.


To apply for a work experience position contact us at 

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Careers Brochure    

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Volunteering is a rewarding and educational experience providing you with an insight into the work we undertake as an environmental organisation. We rely on the assistance of many volunteers to assist us in completing the significant amount of conservation work undertaken at the Nature Parks each year.

 Volunteering activities may include:

  • Penguin Study Group
  • Environmental volunteering
  • Holiday program

For more information contact

A number of coastal and bushland environment volunteer groups exisit in the area. Visit the Bass Coast Shire Council website for further details. 


Handy Tips                           

Getting there

Working in the environmental conservation industry is an exciting and rewarding career. If this sounds like a career for you, you can start working towards this goal now to help ensure you land the job of your dreams in the future. Below are some hints which can get you started on a career in environmental conservation:

  • Get out and about amongst nature!
  • Watch documentaries and read books
  • Choose relevant subjects at school e.g. Biology, maths, chemistry, environmental science
  • Volunteer with your local environmental groups
  • Discover your particular passion is and learn all you can about it – this will make you an expert in this field!
  • Choose university or TAFE courses relevant to your area of interest
  • Apply for internships to gain valuable experience and industry contacts.



Ranger profiles                              

André – Penguin Biologist/Researcher


Andre first arrived at the Nature Parks from Brazil in 1994 as a young and spritely PhD student. Since then he has been a quirky and enthusiastic member of our research team. He has years of valuable experience behind him including working with a wide variety of sea birds, heading Antarctic expeditions and collaborating with scientists from all over the world. For many years Andre has been at the forefront of research into the life of little penguins at sea. In his down time André can be seen chowing down feijoada (a traditional Brazilian dish) or admiring Phillip Island’s Cape Barren geese (his favourite!).  


Ashley – Head Ranger at the Koala Conservation Centre 

Ashley has more than 15 years experience working in the tourism and conservation industry and started as a penguin parade ranger for the Nature Parks in 1995. As the head ranger at the Koala Conservation Centre, Ashley is an animated and cherished member of the team. He is responsible for monitoring the koala population, checking traps for pest animals, providing extra browse for koalas and talking to school groups. Ashley loves to watch the winter sun set through the trees at the Koala Conservation Centre. He also confesses that his favourite animal on Phillip Island is the echidna (though it should probably be koalas!).


Jacqui – Education Ranger


Jacqui started with the Education team at Phillip Island Nature Parks in 2009 when she completed a double degree in Science (Environmental Science) and Education (Secondary). She is passionate about environmental education and loves teaching people about “our amazing environments and wildlife on Phillip Island”. Every day is different for Jacqui, as she works with a range of students of different ages from all across Victoria and the world. Her day may consist of: talking about penguins with preps at the Penguin Parade, walking around Cape Woolamai with VCE Geography students, eating chocolate, dip netting at Fishers Wetland with year 10 students and a night time Koala Prowl with a grade 6 class. The decorator crabs which Jacqui sometimes spots with her well trained eyes on Rockpool Rambles are, however, her favourite!     

Click on the links below to find out about more about some of the exciting jobs at Phillip Island Nature Parks!

PDF icon2  Paula - Field Research Assistant
PDF icon2  Nino - Graphic Designer
 PDF icon2  Rosie - Wildlife Rehabilitation Officer
 PDF icon2  Sarah - Ticketing Team Leader
 PDF icon2  Sam - Environmental Ranger