A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is up for grabs at one of South Australia’s newest and most unique national parks.
The inaugural senior ranger position at the soon to be opened Nilpena Ediacara National Park within the iconic northern Flinders Ranges is currently being advertised and is expected to attract significant interest.
Located between Leigh Creek and Parachilna, and scheduled to open in late April, our state’s newest national park is home to the world’s best example of the Ediacaran fossil fauna. The park features some of the earliest forms of complex multicellular animal life that evolved here some half a billion years ago.
The park is also key to the proposed nomination of the northern Flinders Ranges for World Heritage Listing for its unparalleled story of the dawn of animal life on Earth.
One of Nilpena’s best preserved beds, Alice’s Restaurant Bed, was unearthed in 2016 by world leading palaeontologist Professor Mary Droser and her team from the University of California, Riverside. The bed is a window into the living seafloor, with many Ediacaran fossils including newly described species.
Nilpena and its surrounds are recognisable from many television commercials, shows and films, most notably the 2002 award-winning film Rabbit Proof Fence, as well as one of Zac Efron’s most recent movies Gold.
The park is located on the traditional lands of the Adnyamathanha people on the western fringes of the northern Flinders Ranges.
Upgrades to Nilpena Ediacara National Park have been delivered by the South Australian Government with funding support from the Australian Government and the Flinders Ranges Ediacara Foundation.
Once open, visitors will be required to take an organised guided tour to gain access through the park. This will ensure a high quality visitor experience which maintains protection for the in situ fossil beds.
Find out more www.parks.sa.gov.au/park-management/nilpena-ediacara
To apply for the role, click here.