Our team

Competence & commitment

The Nature Park is run by the nonprofit "Naturparkverein" association that is closely linked to the municipality of Purkersdorf. Since 2000, Dr Rudolf Orthofer has been elected chairman of the Naturparkverein. It is supported by the town of Purkersdorf, by the federal province of Lower Austria and by several donors.

All operational activities, educational programs and events are coordinated by general manager DI Gabriela Orosel.

Messages from our team:
Dr Rudolf Orthofer, chairman: "Nature protection can only succeed if people are aware of and appreciate nature. In the Purkersdorf Nature Park, we therefore try to make it possible to experience nature "with all the senses" during all seasons of the year."

DI Gabriela Orosel, managing director: "Experience lively and vivid lessons in the nature park and discover real forest nature. Through this, time spent outdoors becomes a particular experience not only through fun and excitement, but also through educational information."

Wolfgang Lehner and Bernhard Hiessberger, nature park caretakers: “We particularly appreciate our work with the animals and in nature. In our daily activities we often come across exciting challenges in the protected area."

Richard Redl, former consultant for forest management and gamekeeping: "The love of nature that I have experienced in my professional work has had a life-changing effect on me and the diversity of the Purkersdorf Nature Park."

Rainer Rubik, current consultant for forest management and gamekeeping: "It is particularly important to me to harmonize requirements for the protected area with sustainable forestry activities."

Tobias Stierscheider & Roman Nemirovsky, Voluntary Environmental Year 2021/22: Both have started their time as civil servants at the beginning of September 2021, on the one hand in the outdoor area, on the other hand in the back office to support the nature park management. NEW: The support in the nature park office takes place as a cooperation with the University of Agricultural and Environmental Education, promotes synergies and strengthens the networking of the work areas on environmental topics.

Benno Karner, beekeeper "Bieno": "The honey bee can be understood as an indicator for nature. Our nature park bee project enables a unique, tangible, and valuable insight into nature."