Australia — A manager in the largest national park in NSW is calling for more women to join her as rangers.
Pam O’Brien is supervising a 10,000-hectare bushfire reduction burn today in the Snowy Mountains wilderness area, where fire incendiaries are thrown from low-flying aircraft to burn remote forest in the Kosciusko National Park.
Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, and Ms O’Brien says more women are needed to work in rewarding environmental management roles.
“I work in a fairly male-dominated environment and I have been working for 25 years with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, so I have seen a lot of changes,” she said.
“When I first started as a ranger, probably 25 per cent were women. Now it is nearly 50 (per cent) as a ranger, but then when you get to my level as an area manager, probably only 6 per cent are women.”