FOUR new rangers will begin work with Parks Victoria in time for the busy summer season in Port Campbell and Warrnambool.
Hannah Moloney, David Williams and Lachie Hetherington will be working at the Port Campbell National Park, Bay of Islands Coastal Park, 12 Apostles Marine National Park and Arches Marine Sanctuary.
James Cordwell has started working at Merri Marine Sanctuary in Warrnambool.
Their roles include helping to maintain the parks, running marine educational programs for visitors and providing visitor information.
Ms Moloney said she was looking forward to her role as a marine ranger.
She grew up locally and this year completed her honours degree in marine biology at Deakin University in Warrnambool.
“I have always had a passion for the environment and it will be great to share my love for the marine environment with other community members and visitors,” Ms Moloney said.
Mr Hetherington, of Warrnambool, studied environmental sciences (marine biology) at Deakin University and has a strong interest in fishing, highlighted by his involvement in the FishCare and FishRight programs.
David Williams also studied at Deakin, where he completed a bachelor of environmental science with a marine and freshwater focus. His previous experience includes roles with the Warrnambool City Council and the former Department of Sustainability and Environment and Parks Victoria.
Ranger-in-charge, Darren Shiell, said having extra help was a bonus at this time of year. “We can continue to provide high quality services and experiences for locals and for the large number of visitors who come to enjoy the coast over summer,” he said.