Rose Lonesborough became a ranger at Booderee National Park a little over a year ago and has made an enormous impression. She’s talked conservation with Prince Harry, learned to handle venomous snakes and has now been selected as a Youth Ambassador for the World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney.
Training manager Brenda Duffy says Rose shines. ‘She was a natural choice to become a Youth Ambassador for the ‘Inspiring a New Generation’ stream of the Congress. She is not just dedicated and professional – she is smart, courageous and great with people.’
Rose is a member of the Indigenous Wreck Bay community who are the traditional owners, and joint managers, of Booderee. She grew up with the park playing a formative part of her life – her grandfather was a ranger there and she now works alongside her uncle in the natural and cultural resources team.
Rose loves being out in the park, Working on Country, where she assists with pest and weed management and species monitoring. ‘I love being out in the bush,’ she says.
Rose is now passing on her passion to a younger generation – Booderee’s junior rangers. She’s about to head out with Year 4/5/6 rangers to help them explore what makes Booderee special. ‘The program gives children from Jervis Bay School the opportunity to learn about natural environments and how to look after them, as well as to be with Elders, staff and family to learn traditional cultural ways. The fun outdoor activities support and extend their classroom learning.’
‘I love inspiring the next generation of protected area managers. I strongly believe that if you add a little bit of sunshine and a lot of fresh air you have children raring to learn.’
Tanya, Parks Australia