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Role of a park ranger

Ranger at work in the Otways

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).

Conservation

  • 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.

Recreation

  • 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.

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