Park rangers control, supervise and manage national parks, scenic areas, historic sites, nature reserves and other recreational areas.
Duties & Tasks
Park rangers may perform the following tasks:assist with guided tours and promote an understanding and appreciation of the natural and cultural features of the park
supervise public visits and inform visitors about park facilities, advising of park rules and regulations, and enforcing these when necessary
direct parking, control traffic and collect fees from campers and visitors
patrol waterways, roads and tracks to observe and report on the park environment, including the condition of animals and plants
ensure endangered animals and plants are protected, and assist with related research projects
ensure parks, park facilities and equipment are clean and properly maintained
assist with the development of visitor facilities
assist with wildlife management projects, including surveys and monitoring of wildlife
participate in search and rescue operations
supervise and coordinate fire management, weed eradication and pest-control programmes
investigate and report to supervisors on matters relating to park management
support local communities in protecting their cultural heritage and in developing sustainable land management practices
conduct research into the protection and recording of Indigenous and historical sites
supervise and train park staff and volunteers, and oversee crews of general maintenance workers and contractors
undertake administrative and clerical duties
prepare, review and implement reports, submissions, management plans, development proposals and environmental impact assessments.
Park rangers work in many environments, such as snow fields, rainforests, coastal regions and semi-arid areas. They may be required to work in remote areas and move from park to park. All rangers have contact with the public. Park rangers often work on weekends and public holidays.
able to make accurate observations and recordings
good communication skills
able to organise and supervise work
enjoy dealing with people
able to handle animals with confidence and patience
interested in land management and natural conservation
enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions
able to endure isolation and limited social contact
willing to fly in light aircraft
willing to be involved in incident management duties
a full unrestricted manual vehicle drivers licence.