The Nature Parks is an inspiring workplace and, as the largest employer on Phillip Island, offers a range of career paths. Our people are enthusiastic, committed and professional in what they do. They work across a broad range of activities and have many opportunities available to them should they wish to develop their skills, work in different locations or have a variety of roles.
Joining our team provides many rewards such as making a valuable contribution to the environment, promoting tourism on Phillip Island, working with a collegiate and enthusiastic team of people who are committed to the environment, options for personal development and a range of employment benefits.
We focus on visitor experiences as well as conservation and environment.
A number of varied roles exist across our organisation:
- Scientific research
- Environment management (including rangers)
- Ground services and maintenance
- Frontline customer service – retail and admissions
- Education rangers
- Café outlets
- Parade 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 a flexibility in hours.
Our research scientists 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. 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 shore birds; 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 customers while our retail staff will be providing information on products and serving our customers 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.
Our café staff have a range of skills including food preparation, customer service and maintenance of our catering facilities. They are required to provide a range of food and drinks to our customers as well as catering to large and small groups for dinners, events and weddings.
Our Parade rangers showcase our little penguin at the Penguin Parade as well as assisting customers each night. The skills they require include interpretation, customer service, communication and crowd management.
We employ a range of people in administration including, human resources, 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.
Equal Opportunity Employment
We recognise the values, diversity of the culture, beliefs, practises, customs, physical and intellectual abilities and life experiences of people and we are committed to ensuring our workplace is free of discrimination. Our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy supports our commitment and is provided to all new staff through our induction program.
We’re currently in the process of developing an exciting new Volunteer Program, and soon there will be a number of new volunteer roles available.
Please regularly check our website for updates on the program.