Entering its second year, the SA Water Seasonal Reservoir Ranger Program is welcoming five new team members, responsible for managing reservoir reserves around South Australia.
During the warmer summer months visitor numbers increase, requiring more hands on deck to support these popular open spaces.
Working across SA Water’s open access reserves – such as Myponga on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Para in the Barossa Valley and Happy Valley in Adelaide’s south – they’re joining an existing crew of 20 full time and three seasonal rangers.
SA Water’s Manager of Land Catchments and Recreation Dr Brooke Swaffer said building on the success of its inaugural year, the program is again bringing together enthusiastic people dedicated to preserving natural spaces, welcoming visitors and protecting the state’s drinking water supply.
“This initiative continues to foster environmental stewardship and positive community engagement,” Brooke said.
“Each new ranger possesses a unique skill set, ranging from environmental science and wildlife conservation to community outreach and land management.
“All of our rangers take part in operational activities, such as maintenance and inspections, as well as environmental work like habitat restoration. They also engage with visitors to the reservoir reserves providing a positive experience and support volunteering opportunities.
“Their hard work and commitment contributes significantly to the overall management of our reserve environments, ensuring they’re places the public can enjoy. You’ll find our friendly rangers around each reserve, ready to answer questions about wildlife and the environment, as well as providing practical advice on how to get around the site and what activities are on offer.
“Reservoir reserves are open most days of the year, except during Total Fire Ban days and for some operational requirements, with extended opening hours during the summer months.
“Our reservoir reserves are valued outdoor spaces and with a range of activities available at each site, it’s important we have a dedicated team available to enhance visitor experiences and help to ensure a continued supply of safe, clean drinking water for the community.”
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