“I feel lucky to have this role, it’s fun and challenging and different every day.”
The Town Belt area includes 520 hectares, stretching in a horseshoe shape from Mount Victoria in the north-east, to Berhampore at its southern end, then north-west to Te Ahumairangi Hill between Wadestown and Thorndon.
Rachel, who has been a Park Ranger since 2016, says the job is super varied, which she loves.
“Park Rangers play a key role in managing Wellington’s parks and open spaces by engaging the community and encouraging partnerships that contribute to Wellington’s natural environment, vibrancy, and quality of life.”
The Park Ranger team take it in turns at being on-call, meaning there is always a ranger on duty afterhours.
“So every five weeks we are on call 24/7. This means we have to respond to afterhours issues to do with our parks and reserves that are reported via the Council’s Contact Centre.
“It can be anything from people accessing a park, dealing with antisocial behaviour, managing freedom camping, stock getting loose, parties, broken assets, trees falling down, assisting police or search and rescue – the list goes on.
“We all have interesting stories from being on-call. Some things we will deal with, other times all we can do is make sure the situation is safe and let the experts fix the problem, like large trees down.”
Rachel says being out and about, planting, and always learning are great aspects to the role, however meeting new people and getting to know volunteers is what she enjoys most.