For people with solid outdoor experience who want to share their love of wild nature with others, this is a great opportunity.

Parks Victoria is calling for volunteer track rangers who can be available to stay in key areas in the Alpine National Park on peak weekends, to be available to support people who are out walking.

The Track Ranger Program was established in 2005 and has volunteers hiking and camping at popular walking trails and campsites in the Victorian Alps during peak periods. Track Rangers will spend time hiking the trails of Mount Bogong, Mount Feathertop or the Bogong High Plains over 3 to 5 days. The program runs over the new year period, Labour Day weekend and Easter.

You will receive support and training from Parks Victoria.

Check below for a full description of the role.

Volunteer Role Description: Volunteer Track Ranger in the Alpine National Park

Parks Victoria is a statutory authority, created by the Parks Victoria Act 1998 and reporting to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. Parks Victoria is responsible for managing an expanding and diverse estate covering more than 4 million hectares, or about 17 per cent, of Victoria.

Parks Victoria is committed to delivering works on the ground across Victoria’s park network to protect and enhance park values. It is our primary responsibility to ensure parks are healthy and resilient for current and future generations.

Healthy Parks Healthy People is at the core of everything we do. Parks and nature are an important part of improving and maintaining health, both for individuals and the community. Parks Victoria has a clear role to play in connecting people and communities with parks.

Parks Victoria’s mission is to protect and improve Victoria’s parks and waterways for people forever. It aims to do this by conserving park and waterway ecosystems, protecting the cultural heritage in parks, delivering better opportunities for people to use parks and waterways as well as preparing, responding and recovering from fire and other emergencies.

The Track Ranger Program was established in 2005 and has volunteers hiking and camping at popular walking trails and campsites in the Victorian Alps during peak periods to provide information to those walking some of Victoria’s most beautiful and remote trails.

Parks in the alpine and sub-alpine environments are particularly unique and fragile due to their specific climatic conditions. The alpine zone contains our most visited mountains: Mount Feathertop and Mount Bogong. Visitation is highest during the summer months as flowers abound and cooler mountain temperatures attract visitors from the heat of the foothill forests. Track Rangers will spend time hiking the trails of Mount Bogong, Mount Feathertop or the Bogong High Plains over 3 to 5 days.

Tasks and responsibilities

Track Rangers are volunteers who walk and camp along popular tracks during peak holidays providing a presence by Parks Victoria in key visitation areas and providing hikers with up-to-date park information.

Volunteer Track Rangers:

  • Provide a presence by Parks Victoria along key hiking and camping areas
  • Provide a friendly contact point for both Parks Victoria staff and the public along trails and campsites in the Victorian Alps
  • Provide visitors with up-to-date park information
  • Provide advice to campers and walkers regarding any changes in condition including road closures, days of total fire bans etc.
  • Promote minimal impact techniques and improve awareness of park environment, visitor facilities and management issues.
  • Carry out light trail maintenance as required. No mechanical equipment will be used.
  • Collect track inventory and visitor number information as required.
  • Alerting duty Rangers to disturbances or breaches of park regulations including recording issues and events that may be of significance to Parks Victoria.

Key skills/abilities

The Volunteer Track Ranger must:

  • Have demonstrated strong experience in remote area hiking and camping
  • Well developed navigational skills and high level of fitness
  • Have a positive attitude and demonstrate common sense to solve problems
  • Be able to be self directed and work with minimal supervision
  • Be willing to camp out for a minimum of 3 nights in remote Alpine areas
  • Have interest in Parks Victoria and or natural resource management, conservation and/or nature
  • Have strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Have a valid First Aid Certificate
  • Knowledge of alpine environments of advantage (training provided)

Benefits

Volunteer Track Rangers will:

  • Participate in a training program to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills to volunteer as track ranger
  • Increase their understanding of the natural environment of the Alpine National Park
  • Have an opportunity to experience what parks have to offer

Supervision

Volunteer Track Rangers will hike the trails and camp around Mount Bogong, Mount Feathertop or the Bogong High Plains in pairs, to ensure their wellbeing and safety whilst walking and camping along the trail. If applying alone Parks Victoria will ‘pair’ you up with another volunteer.

Volunteer pairs will be provided with a radio via which they are able to communicate with a Parks Victoria Ranger to regularly check-in and alert them of any issues, concerns or problems. Volunteer track rangers will not enforce any park regulations.

Volunteers will meet relevant Parks Victoria staff before they start in their role.

Location and availability

The Track Ranger program will run in the Bogong Unit of the Alpine National Park and will involve work around Mount Bogong, Mount Feathertop and/or on the Bogong High Plains (depending on fitness levels) during the following periods:

–           New Year’s period, 29 or 30 December 2014 – 4 Jan 2015 (day 1 induction in Mount Beauty)

–           Labour Day Long Weekend 05 or 6 Mar – 9 March 2015 (day 1 induction in Mount Beauty)

–           Easter 01 or 02 April – 6 April 2015 (day 1 induction in Mount Beauty)

Other dates are yet to be determined.

Commitment

Volunteers are required to spend a minimum of three nights (four nights for the Easter period and long weekends) on the trails.

For further information, or to express interest in the program, please contact Ranger Iris Curran via email iris.curran@parks.vic.gov.au