Role of a park ranger
The role of a park ranger is as varied as the parks and environments they manage. To get an idea of the many responsibilities of a ranger, let’s look at some examples.
The below examples of ranger duties have been split into two areas, conservation (making sure that both the natural and cultural assets are protected and maintained) and recreation (helping visitors to enjoy and understand parks).
- Protection, enhancement and management of natural and cultural assets
- Identifying weeds and pest animals and eradicate or control those that hold the most threat to native plants and animals
- Organise and conduct prescribed burning operations
- Assisting with fire suppression (fire fighting) for fires on public land throughout the state
- Promote and maintain historic assets, such as gold mining sites and historic huts
- Develop co-operative relationships with local indigenous groups
- Identify and protect populations of threatened or endangered animals
- Work with volunteers on projects such as weed control, maintaining tracks and other infrastructure
- Issue permits and oversee researchers studying within the park
- Monitor and issue permits to businesses operating within parks, such as, tour operators, ski resort operators, hydroelectricity, café’s and beekeeping.
- Maintain and develop visitor facilities such as picnic areas, camping areas and toilets
- Create and maintain trails for hikers, mountain bike riders, four-wheel driving etc
- Respond to emergency situations such as ‘Search and Rescue’
- Management and development of staff, volunteers, contractors & work experience students
- Delivery of interpretation and education services including guided tours, demonstrations and talks
- Planning, implementation and management of projects, programs and contracts
On a broader level, the role of a park ranger involves extensive planning, researching, strategic thinking and people management to effectively balance conservation and recreational values of each asset.
In addition to park rangers, Parks Victoria employs people from a diverse range of professions. These include:
- Conservation and environmental specialists
- Cultural and heritage managers
- Engineers and statutory planners
- Marketing, media and tourism professionals
- Education and Interpretation staff
- Customer service and administrative officers
For more information and to check the latest vacancies, refer to our Employment section.
17 Jun 2014
The Greater Alpine National Parks Draft Management Plan is a strategic guide to the management of Alpine, Baw Baw, Errinundra, Mount Buffalo and Snowy River National Parks, Avon Wilderness Park, Tara Range Park, and Walhalla, Howqua Hills, Grant, Mount Wills and Mount Murphy Historic Areas. The draft plan gives you…
27 Jul 2014 9:30am-1:30pm
Friends of Dandenong Valley Parklands invite you to join them in planting shrubs under the trees in Shepherds Bush next to Nortons Park. BBQ lunch provided. Families welcome.
5 Aug 2014 11:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 5 August 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the first shot fired in the British Empire in World War I. This shot was fired from Coastal Artillery Gun Emplacement 6 at Fort Nepean on 5 August 1914 at 12:45pm, just 3 hours 45 minutes after war was declared…
6 Aug 2014
The Grey-headed Flying-fox is the largest flying-fox (also known as a fruit bat) species in Australia. Each month the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology conduct the monthly bat count at Yarra Bend Park at dusk on the Wednesday evening closest to the risen full moon. This data is critical…
6 Aug 2014 10:00am-11:00am
Enjoy the fresh air of this beautiful park and get an insight into the park’s fascinating history, flora and fauna. This free guided walk run by Friends of Tarra Bulga National Park will lead you across the famous Corrigan Suspension Bridge which stretches through the rainforest canopy, and on either…
The snow continued to fall on Mt St Gwinear, Baw Baw National Park, over the wee...The snow continued to fall on Mt St Gwinear, Baw Baw National Park, over the weekend. Pictured are Ranger Craig Campbell in the new winter office and new addition to the team Ranger Snowman!View post | Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09.36
Elephants at The Royal Melbourne Zoo were the unexpected beneficiaries when a tr...Elephants at The Royal Melbourne Zoo were the unexpected beneficiaries when a truck carrying apples lost its load last Thursday and spilled off the road and onto the Main Yarra Trail. Unable to get machinery onto the trail, about 22 Parks Victoria staff spent most of the day removing the apples and other debris. They managed to retrieve about 30 boxes of apples which were put onto a barge and floated down the Yarra River to Burnley Harbour, then loaded onto a truck and delivered to Melbourne Zoo as a special treat for the Zoo’s elephants. Parks Victoria’s Ranger in Charge Dave Moore, who had spent most of Thursday collecting apples, was delighted to pay a visit to the Zoo to see the elephants enjoying their unexpected windfall. Photo credits: Elephant with apple by David Caird courtesy of the Herald Sun Other images courtesy of Melbourne Zoo.View post | Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11.51
Parks Victoria’s major upgrade to St Georges Lake dam is well underway, with 200...Parks Victoria’s major upgrade to St Georges Lake dam is well underway, with 200 mega litres of water drained from the lake since late June to allow for the safe reconstruction of the dam wall. A zoologist employed to monitor wildlife at the site tracked a number of water rats evacuating the area over the last few weeks since the drawdown commenced. The animals have found new temporary homes in surrounding creeks and waterways. Visitors are encouraged to stay away from the lake bed for their own safety. To find out more about the project: http://bit.ly/1nhwx2iView post | Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16.02
The cold snap hitting Victoria saw snow blanketing Mt William and other parts of...The cold snap hitting Victoria saw snow blanketing Mt William and other parts of the Grampians National Park today. Many thanks to our dedicated team of rangers who braved the cold to get these photos. Stay warm!View post | Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16.25
Update: Trail now clear, will re-open 3.30-8.30pm then close overnight for CityL...Update: Trail now clear, will re-open 3.30-8.30pm then close overnight for CityLink to complete clean up & reopen 6.30am Friday. The Main Yarra Trail from Burnley Harbour to Punt Road was closed this morning when a truck crashed and spilt its load of apples with quite a lot of debris landing on the trail. Due to the location, the site must be cleared by hand and the debris loaded onto a litter barge for transport. There are 20 Parks Victoria staff working and Citylink have provided four people to assist. Work is progressing well. We hope to get it reopened this afternoon in time for the evening peak.View post | Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11.37