The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority enjoys an international reputation in biodiversity conservation science, undertaking integrated research focused on practical outcomes in native plant biology, rare plant conservation and bushland restoration. Successful conservation outcomes are achieved through world-class research and strategic alliances with industry, land managers, the community and other research organisations.

Science seminars

Academics, Government staff, researchers and interested members of the public are welcome to attend seminars, which are held in the Biodiversity Conservation Centre for staff and students at various times throughout the year. Details are posted to our events calendar.

Tertiary education

Science Directorate staff contribute to teaching in other plant biology, conservation biology, and restoration ecology courses at the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, and Curtin University. Future postgraduate students may also be interested in the projects listed below co-supervised by Kings Park Staff. Contact Science Administration for more information.

Kings Park Summer Scholarships

These annual scholarships provide the opportunity for talented contemplating honours or post-graduate research in native plant conservation biology or restoration ecology to undertake a 12-week research project, under supervision of scientists within the Biodiversity Conservation Centre, Kings Park and Botanic Garden. 

Contact Dr Siegy Krauss or Science Administration for more information.

Kings Park scholars in the lab.

Post-graduate project opportunities

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority offers various opportunities for PhD level training across a range of disciplines working with leading scientists in biodiversity conservation.

Students can design their own project aligned with current BGPA research themes using external scholarship or taking advantage of the scholarship opportunities offered by the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Mining Restoration (ARC ITTCfMR).

Read more about the PhD opportunities available or contact Science Administration.

Horticultural trainees

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority provides opportunities for students to work alongside qualified and experienced staff while studying at TAFE for qualifications in horticulture, arboriculture, turf management or conservation and land management.

Trainees are given the opportunity to learn a variety of horticultural, botanical and conservation skills and knowledge within the areas of the nursery, botanic garden, parkland, bushland, collection displays, turf, arboriculture and the Western Australian Seed Technology Centre.

Trainees are recruited annually and employed on one, two or three year contracts, depending upon qualifications already held. Positions are usually advertised during October or November. For more information, contact our Customer Service Officer.