Parks Australia

Parks Australia looks for people with a broad range of skills to work in diverse roles.

Evident in our organisational structure is the wide breadth of activities carried out by our staff.

Our work spans across Natural Resource Management and Cultural Heritage preservation, to Visitor and Tourism Services, Community Engagement, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, and Policy and Program Support as well as the many business and human resources functions of an organisation.

Your skill set, experiences and areas of interest may be more applicable to our work than you think.

To gain a better understanding of the breadth of our work and keep up on the latest news from Parks Australia, check out our media releases or stay in touch with us via social media – join our blog, Facebook page or talk to us on Twitter.

Meet our staff

Meet our staff and find out about the exciting employment opportunities available at some of our parks. The work is as diverse as the locations and the people who protect our parks, gardens and marine reserves.

Bernie McLeod

Bernie McLeod shares his knowledge of bush medicines and tools at Booderee National Park – watch the video and read more about Bernie on our blog.

Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman reminisces about the filming of Crocodile Dundee at Kakadu 30 years ago – read the article.

Parks staff at Christmas Island work alongside a range of partners to control weeds and invasive species and rehabilitate the rainforest – watch the video.

Junior Rangers

Our Junior Rangers do their bit too, to nurture the future of our jointly managed parks, build friendships in the next generation, and ensure our parks continue to be held in excellent hands – read the article.

Working in the Australian Public Service

Whether you are working as a ranger on park, a scientist in the field, or a policy writer in the office, all Parks Australia employees are also employees of the Department of the Environment and Energy, and therefore officers of the Australian Public Service.

The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) provides a wealth of information on their website about what it means to be a public servant, and what you can expect. Everybody working in the APS is governed by the APS Code of Conduct, Values and Employment Principles.

The APSC also provides information about Applying for Jobs in the APS, including hints and tips about writing applications and what to expect in interviews in their document ‘Cracking the Code’. Information about following the STAR method to address key selection criteria may be particularly helpful for your written application.

Contact the nominated recruitment officer on a job advertisement if you require assistance in creating or submitting your application.

Indigenous employment

There are opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to work at all levels and in all areas of Parks Australia. Some roles involve working on Country.

Joint management

The National Parks are jointly managed with local communities at Booderee on the NSW south coast and World Heritage-listed Kakadu and Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Parks in the Northern Territory. The cultural awareness and traditional knowledge of employees who come from communities around these parks is highly valued.

Identified positions and special measures

Parks Australia has an inclusive employment policy where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply for all vacancies. We also designate some roles as ‘identified’ and ‘Special Measures’.

Recruitment to an identified position is on the basis of merit and eligibility and is not confined to Indigenous Australians. However, identified positions have specific selection criteria relating to understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and ability to communicate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Indigenous and/or non-Indigenous people can apply for and be selected for these positions provided they meet the criteria.

In addition to the identified positions arrangements, the Special Measures provision allows for the targeted recruitment of Indigenous Australians into the Australian Public Service (APS) while adhering to the employment principles set out in the Public Service Act 1999. The purpose of employing staff under the Special Measures provision is to improve employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians, and to ensure that the diversity of the APS workforce reflects that of the Australian community. Special Measures positions are open only to Indigenous Australians.

Current job vacancies

All recruitment at Parks Australia is managed through the Department of the Environment and Energy’s Employment page

All ongoing vacancies are also advertised in APS jobs and some are also advertised in major newspapers such as the Weekend Australian or the Canberra Times

The Department engages non-ongoing employees to fill short-term vacancies which might be anywhere from a few weeks up to eighteen months. Find out more about our Temporary Employment Register.

Note: All positions with the department are subject to character checks, police checks, security clearances, health clearance, Australian citizenship requirements, and, if applicable, formal qualifications. Be sure to familiarise yourself with our Applicant Information before submitting an application.


Our opportunities for volunteers vary depending on the location you are interested in. Please read the information below and then direct your enquiry accordingly. If you are contacting one of our parks about volunteering, make sure to outline your skills, experience and interests so the staff there can decide where your help would be most beneficial.

Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra

The ANBG has a range of volunteer positions available. Find out more online.

Booderee National Park

Would you like to help keep Booderee’s Botanic Gardens beautiful? You can join the volunteer Park Care Group. Find out more online or email

Kakadu National Park

Volunteers are called upon at Kakadu for certain events throughout the year or when we have a specific need. We would like to hear from you if you have a skill that will benefit our tourism, operations, business or culture and biodiversity team.

Please address this in your inquiry so it may be forwarded to the relevant section, and send to:

Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park

There are currently no formal volunteering arrangements in place at Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa. If you have specific skills or knowledge and could make a contribution we would be happy to hear from you via:

In the past we have received some great contributions from volunteers coming via Conservation Volunteers. Similar opportunities may occur again in the future so it is worth checking the Conservation Volunteers website regularly.

Norfolk Island National Park

Formal volunteer programs

The NGO WildMob have regular expeditions to Norfolk Island. This work is sometimes in the national park, sometimes on private property. Find out more online and apply.

Independent volunteers

Our team has the capacity to take volunteers and involve them in normal ranger work, the best way to do this is to have them contact the park directly via the Senior Ranger


We are not currently running any internship programs. If such opportunities arise they will be advertised along with all of our employment opportunities on the Department of the Environment and Energy’s Employment page.

You may be interested in Traineeships and our Graduate program which are advertised by the Department of the Environment and Energy at various times in the year.