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