Jivix Yariki – He’s a busy machine any day of every week here at the Port Moresby Nature Park and is
someone you’d be happy to meet.
Born to parents Andrew and Amo Yariki, from Kainantu in the Eastern Highlands Province, 27 year
old Jivix is an only child who’s humble but with a personal drive to achieve his dreams in the field of
Port Moresby Nature Park recruited Jivix as a Nursery worker on 15th January 2020. His love for
learning and enthusiasm in his work has seen him take on additional roles within the Grounds team
with the much deserved recognition of earning a Staff Excellence Award this month for his
“Receiving the Staff Excellence Award is a big deal for me as I feel valued for the job I do knowing
that I always keep myself busy with a lot of work in and around the Park”, says Jivix Yariki.
He jokingly adds that he finds himself doing so much perhaps because he is always looking out for
jobs (mi man blo ‘painim wok’) to do once he is done with a task.
Jivix’s tireless attitude towards work is truly remarkable! You might see him air-blowing leaves
around the Park, tending to plants in the nursery, mixing fertilizer for orchids in the nursery,
delivering indoor hire plants to clients, then stocking up new pot plants for sale outside the Nature’s
Gift shop all in a day! But young Jivix says he enjoys working with plants and it’s what makes him the
happiest while at work.
Apart from his grounds work, every month, as early as 7am, you will be sure to find Jivix out in the
Main Picnic Area, starting up the barbeque for Nature Park’s monthly staff breakfast for over 60
Since his employment at the Park, Jivix says he is proud that through the support of his immediate
supervisor and Team Leader, Mr Junior Muli and the rest of his team, he has enhanced his skills and
knowledge where he now knows the names of many plants, their classification and how to use them
It is through such determination and passion that Jivix possesses that many youth find themselves
thriving here at the Port Moresby Nature Park. At the park, hands-on training and learning is a pillar
for all staff for their betterment and the continued operation of PNG’s only recognised Wildlife
Being an employee of the Port Moresby Nature Park, allows an ordinary individual to be part of a
great mission in leading education and conservation efforts towards the protection and preservation
of some of Papua New Guinea’s unique flora and fauna.
Port Moresby Nature Park is a charity organisation that relies on grants and donor funding to
operate. By visiting the Park and joining our Membership, you help support the Park’s efforts in
preserving PNG’s unique natural environment for future generations, including the Park’s 350
resident animals, majority of which have been surrendered to the Park for care.