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 parksupervise public visits and inform visitors about park facilities, advising of park rules and regulations, and enforcing these when necessarydirect parking, control traffic and collect fees from campers and visitorspatrol waterways, roads and tracks to observe and report on the park environment, including the condition of animals and plantsensure endangered animals and plants are protected, and assist with related research projectsensure parks, park facilities and equipment are clean and properly maintainedassist with the development of visitor facilitiesassist with wildlife management projects, including surveys and monitoring of wildlifeparticipate in search and rescue operationssupervise and coordinate fire management, weed eradication and pest-control programmesinvestigate and report to supervisors on matters relating to park managementsupport local communities in protecting their cultural heritage and in developing sustainable land management practicesconduct research into the protection and recording of Indigenous and historical sitessupervise and train park staff and volunteers, and oversee crews of general maintenance workers and contractorsundertake administrative and clerical dutiesprepare, 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 science enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions able to endure isolation and limited social contact mechanical aptitude willing to fly in light aircraft willing to be involved in incident management duties a full unrestricted manual vehicle drivers licence.