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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.

Event disruptions

Poolgarla Parkland will be fenced off and there will be additional foot traffic and noise around Poolgarla Family Area from Monday 28 November to Friday 2 December 2022 due to the Danjoo Koorliny event.

Naturescape summer opening hours

Summer opening hours for Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park will be taking effect from 5 November 2022.

Polyphagous Shot-Hole Borer

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is responding to the confirmed detection of an exotic beetle, the Polyphagous Shot-Hole Borer (PSHB) in the Perth metropolitan area.

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Dreaming of a Blue Christmas

The Festive Floral Spectacle celebrating our blue kangaroo paw has launched in the State Buildings!

Flowers in Focus 2022 winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our Flowers in Focus photography competition this year.

New Bold Park Management Plan

The Bold Park Management Plan 2022 - 2027 has been published by BGPA after a period of extensive public consultation

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