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Nationalpark Hunsruck-Hochwald

National Park Office

A natural habitat needs people in the background and behind the scenes.

If one simply wants to allow nature to grow, then why is an office needed? The territory of Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park covers around 10,000 hectares spread out over the states of Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate. The National Park Office plans, runs and maintains the National Park. Its duties include, for example, helping visitors, maintaining paths and regulating the wild animal population. 50 to 60 people work at the National Park Office, predominantly existing staff from state forests. The National Park’s work programme - the targets and measures required for the development of the National Park - are specified in the National Park plan.

55 employees make up the park’s team, as well as numerous external partners.. Already these few facts are clear: here everything has to be planned, landscaped, organised and accounted for.

In short: The National Park needs a management structure with a manager, team and technology - and therefore, it needs the National Park Office. The National Park Office distributes its tasks among three departments, each with its own manager.

Organigram

Organigramm

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Department 1 - Internal affairs

From  rubbers to rangers, everything has to be procured, paid for and provided. Resource management is one of the main tasks of Department 1. The annual planning of finances and work capacities, personal matters, labour organisation, management of space and equipment, tenders, cost calculations, approvals ... In other words, office work. This department sorts out cross-sectional challenges for all departments.. It plans and organises, for example, the deployment of more than 30 future rangers. It is therefore a garantor for the smooth operation of the entire National Park

Department 2 - Creative and partner-orientated

The department of public relations, communications, environmental education and forest experience is the face of the National Park to the outside world, for tourism, regional development and the media as well as the public, guests and educational partners. This is where the image of the National Park is shaped, educational concepts and events are developed, and programmes for visitors are gotten off the ground. Information points and the future National Park gates, exhibitions and trade fairs, websites and the use of social media are also areas which this department deals with, as well as managing visitors and making the National Park as accessible as possible.

Department 3 - External affairs

Habitat development, caring for protected areas, measures in wetlands and forests, the monitoring of bark beetles and managing wildlife,  conceptualising routes and research. Everything which relates to the area of the National Park is dealt with by this department. They ensure that the core objective of the National Park, the large-scale protection of nature and its development, is met. This is where the National Park is “made”! This requires not only good local knowledge and professional expertise, but also patience and perseverance. The National Park is a work in progress with long development and design processes.