Gunung Gading National Park park warden Mohd Kaisyfullah Saini shared with SarawakYES! on his daily routine and what it takes to be a park warden.
Kaisyfullah, who graduated with a degree in Conservation Biology from Universiti Malaysia Sabah, said the things he learnt in university were in line with his current job as a park warden.
In addition to that, he was actively involved in outdoor activities during his university days such as doing wildlife surveys, which was something he was very interested in.
For him, part of the attraction of being a park warden was the ‘office’ environment that he worked in.
As opposed to a typical office, Kasyfullah pointed out that his office is as big as the national park.
“The size of this national park is 4,146 hectares and that is the size of my office. Meaning that at any time I can be working anywhere within this national park.”
Kaisyfullah explained his working hours are very flexible but require him to shoulder a huge responsibility at all times.
“My work involves four components of this national park namely conservation, customer service, protection and enforcement, and maintenance.”
He said there are new challenges on a daily basis but it all boils down to having a strong commitment towards managing the workload wisely.
“As a park warden, we have two kinds of responsibilities; towards human beings and towards the wildlife.”
As a park warden, he is inspired to be able to manage the flora and fauna, especially in reducing the impact of human activities in the park.
“We need to balance the needs of both, and being a part of that inspires me a lot.”
One of the attractions of the national park is the Rafflesia tuan-mudae and naturally locals and people from all over the world flock to the park to see the giant flowers.
“The interesting part is when we might meet an expert, a university professor or even an ordinary person. That is when our interaction becomes interesting.”
Kasyfullah believes that for those who are interested to be a park warden, you need to have the passion and love for wildlife. A positive attitude is an important criteria for a park warden and you also need to be adventurous as it is also a crucial job requirement for success in this field.
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