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.
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.
Unfortunately due to the current situation our work experience program is currently on hold. To register your interest for future placement click on the link below or visit our website:
Please note that due to the competitive nature of this program and to stream line proceedings, the application process has changed. Successful students will be accepted based upon their applications which will be assessed each month and students notified shorty after. If they are accepted into the program they will be able to move forward to secure their specific dates and complete all relevant paperwork. Unfortunately we are unable to offer dates for the entire school year. Please discuss any specific requirements with your work experience coordinator. To help make the program accessible to more students, this year we are also offering two of the placement weeks over the school holiday period.
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 programs
- The Hooded Plover Watch
- Turn the Tide on Marine Debris
- Eastern Barred Bandicoot Monitoring
- And many many more!
For more information contact see our volunteering page.
A number of coastal and bushland environment volunteer groups exisit in the area. Visit the Bass Coast Shire Council website for further details.
What do our rangers get up to in their day to day work? Check out the videos below!
Susan Spicer - Rock Platform Monitoring
Daniel Lees - Bird Banding
Jodi Bellet - Penguin Rehabilitation
Paula Wasiak - Burrow Checks
Ashley Reed - Koala Health Checks
Dr Rebecca McIntosh - Seal Entanglements
Daniel Kallstrom - Koala Feeding
John Gains - Penguin Counting