Work experience and industry placements
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is sometimes able to provide work experience or industry placement opportunities for students. These placements provide valuable on-the-job experience in the discipline where students are currently studying or planning to study. Students and their educational institutions are responsible for arranging work experience or industry placements and must meet specific QPWS policy requirements. All placements are unpaid and QPWS is obliged to give preference to Australian students seeking work experience and industry placement places.
Work experience is an arrangement made between a student's secondary school, TAFE college or university and QPWS, which aims to provide vocational experience as part of the student's education.
Students seeking a work experience placement should be aware that:
- high school student opportunities may be limited to larger QPWS facilities.
- TAFE and university student opportunities may be available in a range of locations, but may be limited to students over 18 years.
If the unpaid work placement is a curriculum requirement of the student’s course then it is an industry placement and not work experience. Enquire about placements by:
- approaching the ranger-in-charge at a park of interest. See Find a park or forest.
- contacting the Volunteering for Parks coordinators where indicated and/or regional offices to discuss any local work experience or industry placement opportunities. See Find a volunteer project or email ParkEnquiries@des.qld.gov.au