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War memorial to get a facelift
Crouch defends need for $7 million roundabout
Bays group has second attempt to elect committee
Community group seeks upgrade to pedestrian crossing
Roadwork funding for Hillview St and North Burge Rd
Council introduces tree register nomination fee
Residents call for Umina Mall buildings to be razed
Free wifi at Woy Woy station
Coastal open space retained in planning statement
Volunteer-run club aims to raise $100,000
Woy Woy tip fees help fund Council solar power project
Councillors to vote on own pay rise
Opposition leader joins Tesch in preschool call
Harwin reinstated as State Government Minister
Maurie Ellis dies - 60 years on the Peninsula
Rotary club holds virtual dog show
New Rotary club keeps most of board for second year
Community group restarts its dunecare program
Bays bushcare group resumes
Garden tour and induction day
Association re-opens Wagstaffe Hall
Charity group holds gathering at Hardys Bay
Wagstaffe Square revitalisation continues
Help wanted for Pretty Beach bushcare
A chance to work in the 'most incredible locations'
Public transport capacity limits eased
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Lockdown library service appreciated
We are losing trees in reserves and on private land
Shuddered at Mt Ettalong Reserve plan
Does Council respond any better than Planning Panel?
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Tesch calls for funding for mental health organisation
Shopping centre donates $3500 to community nurses
Aged care executive says bonus splits workforce
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Young Umina actor to take lead role in Kings Cross play
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Students celebrate International Mud Day
Search finds no asbestos contamination
School planning welcomed at Woy Woy
Education Week to be shared online at Woy Woy South
School to hold kindergarten student interviews
School sets new dates for school photographs
Normal school library rules to apply next term
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Two bowlers could be in both pairs and singles finals
Singles and pairs played at Ettalong
Netball association seeks vice-president

A chance to work in the 'most incredible locations'

For Ms Tyne Hamilton of Ettalong, being a field officer for the National Parks and Wildlife Service has given her the chance to work "in the most incredible locations" and to learn "interesting and unexpected" skills.

Ms Hamilton joined the service as part of the Field Officer Traineeship Program in February, 2015.

During her traineeship, she completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management at the University of Newcastle.

She has held a number of positions with the service since then, spending three years as a field officer based at the Bucketty Depot.

She then moved into the service's Enhanced Bushfire Mitigation Program at Lake Munmorah.

She helped to maintain asset protection zones and prepare areas for hazard reduction burns across the Central Coast region.

She is now employed full-time as a technical officer as part of the program and is a trained and certified remote area firefighter.

"It's hard to summarise what a field officer does in a single sentence because the role is so diverse," Ms Hamilton said.

"We maintain walking tracks, build new visitor facilities, conduct hazard reduction burns, undertake pest eradication programs, weld broken gates, care for and protect indigenous sites and respond to wild fires.

"I love my job because I get to work outside every day in the most incredible locations and I've had the opportunity to learn some really interesting and unexpected new skills.

"There's a great culture of learning and skill-sharing at the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

"There are so many experienced and knowledgeable field officers and supervisors who have all the time in the world to help you learn.

"The work can be physically demanding but it is so rewarding to be able to fix things and ensure special places are protected for our future generations.

"A lot of people think field work is only for big, burly men - but that couldn't be further from the truth.

"The service has equipment and machinery to help with the big jobs.

"It's not about your technical skills or your physical strength - it's about your willingness to learn."

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