Parks Victoria's new crew of seasonal rangers is heading out to parks around the state to help out during its busiest time of year, with two of the new crew joining the team in the Grampians National Park.
Catherine Longmore and Peter Matthews have begun their duties in the Grampians National Park.
Catherine has completed an Environmental Science degree at Deakin University, majoring in wildlife and conservation biology and has worked for Parks Victoria before.
"I worked as a summer ranger and casual employee in the Great Otway National Park, based in Apollo Bay, from 2009 to 2012. Through my studies, volunteer work and experiences with Parks Victoria, I have gained a special interest in pest animal and threatened species management.
"This summer I am looking forward to exploring the Grampians National Park on foot, gaining on-the-job knowledge and experience through helping other staff on projects and having the opportunity to spend my time working in a beautiful and spectacular location," she said.
Peter Matthews has also had previous experience, working as a seasonal ranger at the National Rhododendron Gardens in the Dandenong Ranges last summer and doing weekend patrols at Lysterfield Lake Park.
He completed a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management at RMIT last year and is now studying Environmental Science.
"I'm really looking forward to getting to know the Grampians and the people involved in its management. I'm also looking forward to applying any knowledge that I have gained through my studies," he said.
Parks Victoria ranger, Andrew Roach said, "Having extra help is a real bonus at this time of year. It means that we can continue to provide high quality services and experiences for locals and for the large number of visitors who come to enjoy the Grampians over summer."
"Seasonal rangers also benefit from their summer stint with Parks Victoria by learning practical and management skills through a wide range of projects. For those aspiring to become full time rangers it's also a great hands on and fun experience," he said.
The team of 38 rangers includes 11 marine specialists who will be based at various coastal parks and reserves to help with summer visitor programs.