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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.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.

Australia Day 2022

Road closures and service interruptions will occur in Kings Park and Bold Park on Wednesday 26 January 2022.

Naturescape closed February

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park will be closed from Tuesday, 1 February 2022 until Tuesday, 1 March 2022.

COVID-19

The Premier of Western Australia has announced mask-wearing in public indoor venues and on public transport will be mandatory in Perth and Peel from 6.00pm Sunday 16 January.

As the COVID-19 situation in WA evolves, the BGPA will continue to provide updates and make operational changes as needed.

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New look board to help guide the future of Kings Park

Respected public sector leader Gail McGowan has been appointed Chairperson of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, which oversees the operation of Kings Park and Bold Park.

Recognising our volunteers

The support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers was celebrated this week at a Volunteer Appreciation Function at Zamia Café.

Welcome to new Kings Park Science Summer Scholars

Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is pleased to welcome the 2021-22 Kings Park Science Summer Scholars. 

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