There’s an explorer in all of us – from scaling monkey bars at the playground to play-acting as detectives, we never settle for the mundane as children.
At National Parks Board (NParks), we reignite this bold, adventurous streak with exciting career opportunities unlike any other. The best part of this is that you play the leading role in creating a green and vibrant living environment for all to share and enjoy. Your role transcends imagination to become an inspiring reality.
What do our Staff say?
Ow Siew Ngim
Arborist & Director (Streetscape)
“Every day is an adventure. Being able to learn new things is what I like best about my job. I even managed to overcome my fear of heights to take up tree climbing, as I was inspired to become a good arborist. Today, I can proudly say that I am a certified tree climber. You don’t need to be a horticultural expert to join NParks – most of my plant knowledge was gained while on the job. What’s most important is your passion and your positive attitude to learn.”
Siew Ngim has just completed her inspection of the Samanea saman (Rain tree) at Hort Park and is making her descent. (Photo courtesy of Singapore Press Holdings)
Siew Ngim checking the health of a heritage tree, Sindora wallichii at Cranwell Road.
- Conduct tree inspections to ensure trees are in good health
- Select tree species for specific planting schemes
- Oversee planting of roadside trees
- Represent NParks in inter-agency meetings on streetscape plans
“It’s important to me that we don’t take our greenery for granted – some of our forest giants take at least 60 years to mature and improving our forests takes much time and hard work. I’m proud to be part of a team tasked with this important responsibility of improving and protecting our invaluable green spaces so that Singapore can continue to be a healthy green lung.”
- Coordinate and supervise biodiversity projects to conserve native species
- Plan and execute volunteer activities to mobilise people to become stewards of greenery
- Enhance horticultural standards across our parks
- Oversee recreational and lifestyle amenities as well as daily operations in the parks
Lim Siu Ann
Senior Manager (National Orchid Garden)
“I create and curate landscapes in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. This involves understanding the native habitats of plants and providing them with suitable environmental conditions to thrive in the Gardens. Having a love for both people and plants, it brings me much joy to create these landscapes and then share with visitors about the rare and exquisite plants we have conserved."
- Contribute towards the conservation of endangered orchid species
- Oversee the design and implementation of landscapes to showcase new or rare orchids
- Enthuse the community about the significance of orchids and their conservation
- Select the types of orchids to create beautiful displays in the Singapore Botanic Gardens
- Support the design, installation and maintenance of orchid displays at major events and festivals for local and international audience
Yeoh Yi Shuen
Manager (Horticulture and Community Gardening)
“Plant conservation work is both an art and a science. While scientific knowledge and technical know-how are essential to ensure plants are identified accurately and grown in suitable conditions, it’s also an art in how and what native plants we decide to introduce into parks, nature reserves and our streetscapes. This intangible ‘human touch’ encourages people to feel immersed in nature and learn about our rich biodiversity.”
- Test innovative methods and conduct trials to optimise plant propagation success
- Study and propagate threatened native plants
- Cultivate native plants to be introduced to parks and conservation areas
- Contribute to the recording of threatened plants in Singapore
- Collect seeds of native species, either directly or through exchanges locally and internationally, for the setup of Singapore’s first Seed Bank
Senior Veterinarian (Professional & Scientific Services)
“My passion to help animals drove me to pursue an education in veterinary medicine. Now as part of the Animal & Veterinary Service team, my laboratory diagnostic work contributes to safeguarding animal health and protecting Singapore from exotic animal diseases. No one day is the same – I could be participating in a rabies coastal fish farm vaccination exercise one day, and investigating unknown diseases on another!”