Sum­mer in­tern­ships up for grabs

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - IMO­GEN NEALE

Auckland Coun­cil has the per­fect sum­mer job for stu­dents with a green thumb and a keen in­ter­est in con­ser­va­tion.

It was look­ing for 11 stu­dents keen to spend three months as park rangers at Auckland’s re­gional parks, get­ting paid $18.50 an hour.

Mt Roskill res­i­dent El­lice Protheroe said her experience in the role last sum­mer made her re­think her fu­ture.

‘‘I learnt so much. I learnt more there than at univer­sity be­cause it’s so prac­ti­cal. You’re putting it to use ev­ery­day,’’ Protheroe said.

She said 12 weeks of prun­ing, set­ting trap lines, tag­ging baby robins and help­ing peo­ple abide by by­laws, felt like a hol­i­day.

The first week of the in­tern­ship was a busy one. In­terns stayed to­gether at one of Auckland’s re­gional parks and crammed in pest train­ing and an ad­vanced on-road driv­ing course, Burgess said.

Af­ter that they’re dis­patched to dif­fer­ent re­gional parks.

Burgess said in­terns could ex­pect to work five days a week in­clud­ing ev­ery week­end and ev­ery pub­lic hol­i­day.

In re­turn they got a pair of sturdy boots, a uni­form, pro­tec­tive cloth­ing, and free ac­com­mo­da­tion on, or near, their place­ment.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Au­gust 18.

IMO­GEN NEALE/STUFF

El­lice Protheroe says Auckland Coun­cil’s sum­mer ranger in­tern­ships give stu­dents a wealth of prac­ti­cal experience.

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