How to become a Park Ranger

Park rangers control, supervise and manage national parks, scenic areas, historic sites, nature reserves and other recreational areas.

Personal requirements of a Park Ranger

  • 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 science
  • Enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Able to endure isolation and limited social contact
  • Mechanical aptitude

Education & Training for a Park Ranger

You can work as a park ranger without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications and/or work experience. You may like to consider a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a park ranger through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Alternatively, you can become a park ranger by completing a degree at university in a relevant discipline such as botany, environmental science, environmental management or geography. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,496

Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2.4%

NSW 21.1%

NT 2.8%

QLD 25.2%

SA 4.5%

TAS 2.5%

VIC 22.3%

WA 19.1%

Hours worked:

38.7

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Male 59.3%

Female 40.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 7.8%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 56%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 36.2%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 42.2%

Above 35 years: 59.4%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
Once employed, rangers often receive training in wildlife handling, fire management, weed eradication, pest control and enforcement.
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