106 million reasons to celebrate World Ranger Day
Friday 28 July, 2017
Most park rangers think their job is the best in the world.
Celebrating park rangers and their passion for the wilderness is the focus of World Ranger Day next Monday 31 July.
Parks Victoria joins organisations across the globe to recognise the work park rangers perform protecting ecosystems and animals.
Parks Victoria’s 380 park rangers protect our unique environment for the 106 million visitors each year who explore our 188 parks and waterways.
Thanks to their hard work visitor numbers are up eight per cent compared to 2014/15. Parks Victoria is looking to recruit an additional 53 park rangers this year.
Each day is different for a Parks Victoria ranger. Their work involves a variety of tasks, including eradicating weeds, fighting fires, coordinating volunteer groups, running children’s holiday programs, maintaining visitor sites, or caring for Aboriginal cultural sites with traditional owners.
Parks Victoria uses innovative technology to help rangers meet the challenges of climate change and urban growth impact on parks, such remote infrared cameras to survey endangered species, 3D gaming technology to identify weeds from aerial photographs and underwater robots to survey what lies under the water.
World Ranger Day has been held annually since 2007.
Edena Critch, Area Chief Ranger Waterways, said:
“Being a ranger means I get to work with a lot of different community groups who use our waterways. It’s a thrill to work with kids on the junior ranger program and take snorkelling groups to see all the wonderful creatures we have underwater.”
Morgan Pumpa, Ranger South Port Phillip, said:
“I’m so lucky to have a job that allows me to get out and share my passion for nature with the community. My favourite places are Chinaman’s Hat in Port Phillip Bay, where you can snorkel and swim with seals, and the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park which is home to some amazing marine life, fish and sting rays, sea dragons, and seahorses.”
Media enquiriesGareth Rees
0417 067 706
Parks Victoria media centre