Work experience in Parks

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is committed to providing work experience opportunities for both secondary and tertiary students.

When you undertake an unpaid work experience placements with our Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships (QPWS&P) division, you will be able to explore possible career options and gain valuable hands-on experiences to accelerate your learning.

The type of placement activities you could undertake will vary depending on locations and operational arrangements at each location.

Work experience placements can run for a maximum period of 30 days per calendar year and must finish in the same year.

Your tasks during placement may include:

  • actively conducting revegetation and weed control
  • contributing to conservation and regeneration projects
  • helping care for and rehabilitate injured animals
  • participating in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • inspecting and cleaning machinery, tools and equipment
  • providing visitor information and supporting visitor management activities
  • participating in work health and safety processes.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a QPWS&P work experience placement, you must:

  • be a at least 14 years old
  • be enrolled with an Australian secondary or tertiary education provider
  • gain approval and confirmation of public liability and workers’ compensation insurance from your education provider.

Express your interest

To express your interest in a work experience placement, please email CareerPathways@des.qld.gov.au and include your location and when you would like to undertake your placement.

You will then be contacted by a QPWS&P team member to discuss your expression of interest.

If you are a tertiary student who is required to undertake a placement as a mandatory part of your studies, this is called an industry placement and not work experience. Find out about the department’s Industry Placement Program and how to register your interest.

If you are not eligible to undertake a work experience or industry placement, there are many opportunities available to volunteer with us including:

  • caring for and rehabilitating sick, injured or orphaned animals
  • planting native trees along wildlife corridors
  • helping to monitor and relocate turtle nests, and counting nests and hatchlings.

If you have any questions or if you would like more information, please email us directly at CareerPathways@des.qld.gov.au.