Seasonal nature conservation service
During the months of July, August and September, 20 members of the seasonal nature conservation service are on duty at South Tyrol’s nature parks. Particularly with the large influx of visitors during the high season, it’s important to have personnel available right at the parks who can provide information and raise visitors’ awareness, as this makes a major contribution to nature park and environmental education.
The mission of these people, who are stationed at the main entrances to the nature parks, is to make visitors aware of the conservation-area objectives of the park and to promote greater understanding of nature and the environment. They answer visitors’ questions concerning the nature parks, provide information on particular matters, and raise visitors’ awareness of the importance of acting in a manner that helps to conserve nature.
To apply to become a member of the seasonal nature conservation service, you need to meet the following qualifications: you will be interested in nature; you will be 18 years of age; you will have extensive knowledge of nature related matters; you will have basic knowledge of nature and nature conservation issues in South Tyrol; you will have didactic skills; and you will be a sociable person.
To be accepted into the service, you need to meet the following criteria: you need to have level-C knowledge of the second language (patentino C). All candidates who meet these criteria will undergo an oral exam for the purpose of assessing the extent to which each candidate possesses the requisite skills and abilities.
To apply for a position in the seasonal nature conservation service, you need to submit your application materials, by noon on 28 February 2018 (high season) or on 9 February 2018 (8 months in the Nature park Drei Zinnen/ Tre Cime), to the office of nature parks, Amt für Naturparke / Ufficio Parchi Naturali, Rittner Straße / Via Renon 4, 39100 Bozen / Bolzano; phone: 0471 417770. The submission date will be determined by the postmark.
The application form for seasonal nature conservation service personnel can be downloaded from this website and is also available from the office for nature parks in Bozen, and at the branch office in Meran / Merano, Sandplatz / Piazza della Rena 10, phone: 0473 252255; at the branch office in Bruneck /Brunico, Rathausplatz / Piazza Municipio 10, phone 0474 582330; at the office in St. Vigil in Enneberg / S. Vigilio di Marebbe, Via Catarina Lanz - Straße 96, phone: 0474 506120; and at the office in Welsberg / Monguelfo, Maria am Rainweg / Via Santa Maria 10/A, phone: 0474 947360.
Planned oral-exam dates: on 20 February 2018 (8 months in the Nature park Drei Zinnen/ Tre Cime) and on 4 April 2018 (high season)
Candidates who pass the test will be required to undergo a training course given by the provincial office for nature parks in order to be hired. This course will be held in two blocks, in May and June. The services of accepted recruits will be required from July through September. Planned dates for the required training course: 31 May to 1 June and 4 to 7 June 2018.
Job description for members of the seasonal nature conservation service
1. Mission: To promote acceptance and support from local residents and users
Answer questions related to nature conservation and protected areas, specifically the following:
- Provide information concerning the management and upkeep of private property that lies within the nature parks, as regards grazing, fertilizer use, mowing and so on;
- Provide information concerning nature park rules and regulations;
- Provide information concerning nature park objectives;
- Proactively promote cooperation in the realm of nature conservation;
- Document nature observations on the part of local residents and users;
- Improve the flow of information between local residents and authorities.
2. Mission: See to visitors’ needs
Help out with information related and educational tasks at visitor centers and at the parks:
- Help out at information centers and nature park houses;
- Conduct guided tours on specific topics;
- Help to organize special events;
- Monitor interpretive nature trails;
- Organize project events;
- Encourage visitors to act reasonably and cautiously while in the park as regards matters such as vehicle speed, prohibition against collecting samples, staying on the marked trails and so on.
Help with and provide advice concerning PR activities:
- Assist in the elaboration of informational materials;
- Distribute informational materials.li>
3. Mission: park conservation and upkeep
- Detect and observe hazards, and if possible eliminate them;
- Check the safety, cleanliness and functionality of hiking trails;
- Check the safety, cleanliness and functionality of visitor facilities;
- Report any defective signs;
- Help with research projects (e.g. data gathering for scientific studies);
- Help with surveys concerning visitor counts, visitor surveys and traffic counts