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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.

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Tertiary education

Kings Park Science staff contribute to plant biology, conservation biology, and restoration ecology at all Western Australian universities. Future postgraduate students may be interested in the projects listed below co-supervised by Kings Park Staff. Contact Science Administration for more information.

Kings Park Summer Scholarships

The annual scholarships provide the opportunity for talented students 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.

Applications are now open. Find more information and apply here.Kings Park scholars in the lab.

Post-graduate project opportunities

Kings Park Science offers various opportunities for PhD level training across a range of disciplines working with leading scientists in biodiversity conservation.

Staff co-supervise students from local and international universities and are happy to discuss project ideas aligned with current research themes.

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.

Science seminars

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

School Ball parking

Temporary parking on Fraser Avenue will not be provided for buses, limos and cars, and fines will apply.

Rotary Wishing Well works

Works will be taking place at the Rotary Wishing Well near Fraser Circle from 17 January 2023 until further notice.

Blue Boat House works

The City of Perth will be replacing the timber stairs at the blue boat house from Monday 30 January until Tuesday 28 February 2023.

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Rare plants stolen from Kings Park

We're devastated to announce up to 900 of WA’s rarest orchids have been stolen from the Conservation Garden in Kings Park.

Dr Scalzo awarded Medal of the Order of Australia

Congratulations to Kings Park's Dr Tony Scalzo on receiving the award of a Medal of the Order of Australia (General Division).

Life after fire: a seed's 70 year journey

Bushfires are devastating for the communities they rip through. In the Quairading fires in February this year, farmer Murray Williams lost everything on his farm apart from his home.

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