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Hunters are often asked to hunt for a living, but not everyone gets the job offer.
Hunt for Hunting has been offering jobs to hunters for almost a decade, and it has seen thousands of applications since the job hunting website launched in 2009.
“I was offered a job as a field ranger with the Hunter Wildlife Management Authority (HWMA) and it was a great experience and the pay was great,” said John Brown.
“There’s a great work culture in the field, there’s a lot of support, there are a lot more opportunities available to us now.”
Hunting for Hunting employs more than 20 people, and in 2017 the organisation said it was able to recruit about 4,500 hunters.
But it’s not just hunting jobs that are available.
“We’re looking at a number of other positions, as well, for example as a forester, we have a range of different roles, and we’re also looking at the agricultural role, which is a very exciting one,” said Mr Brown.
Mr Brown has worked as a farmer in New South Wales for more than 30 years, and has a Bachelor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Newcastle.
“As I get older, I get a lot older, and I think that’s part of it, but it also means that you’re going to be out in the fields, hunting for wildlife,” he said.
“It’s a very rewarding thing, it’s an opportunity to spend more time with your family and get involved with the community.”
The Hunter Wildlife Protection Authority says the job offers are a key way hunters get the opportunity to work in remote areas.
“The Hunter’s job offers and opportunities are an important part of Hunter’s workforce,” Hunter Wildlife Manager, Mike Brouwer said.
“The Hunter is able to support its rural communities with support, as a whole, and they also have a strong understanding of their local community.”
Mr Brown said Hunter’s experience was not all about hunting, but about supporting people in their work and family life.
“Hunter has an excellent job market, and as a family, we’re able to get involved in our community and do things that we enjoy,” he explained.
“Being able to share our hunting experiences and share our knowledge with our family, and just really be able to spend time with our kids and enjoy the local culture, that’s really a big part of the Hunter family.”
The NSW Hunter Wildlife Advisory Council says Hunter’s hunting experience is a valuable one.
“Many of our hunters, especially those who are on the West Coast, live in remote regions,” said Melanie Young.
“They have a great sense of their own place, and the hunter’s experience is one that is extremely valuable in that sense.”