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.
12 Mar 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…
15 Mar 2014 9:00am - 16 Mar 2014 5:00pm
The Back to Steiglitz community art group will have an exhibition in St Paul's church, Steiglitz. There will be 4 artists displaying their works in a variety of mediums and styles. Historic buildings will be open to the public. The Back to Steiglitz group will provide food and drinks for…
23 Mar 2014 9:00am-3:00pm
Help create koala habitat and learn about koalas. Enjoy a day helping Koalas in the wild. Search for koalas, monitor their behaviour, remove weeds from their habitat and take records of all other wildlife seen, all in the company of a highly experienced Koala Researcher. Part of the day is…
23 Mar 2014 11:00am-3:30pm
Live.Grow.Explore. Community Day brings community together to explore their broader backyard and to learn more about sustainable lifestyle choices in one of Melbourne's most extensive landcare and reinvigoration corridors. This FREE family event and BBQ lunch showcases many sustainable education stalls. The day includes Vasili Kanidiadis of Vasilis Garden to…
Introducing the newest recruit to join the Werribee Park horticultural team, See...Introducing the newest recruit to join the Werribee Park horticultural team, See Me. He is from the Karen people of Burma and lived for 15 years in a refugee camp before coming to Australia. See Me is being sponsored by Matchworks and will be working with us for the next 11 months while he completes a Certificate Three in Horticulture. We’re celebrating the many park connections with Victoria’s rich multicultural community during Parks Week. http://ow.ly/ui2jQView post | Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16.14
Clean Up Australia Day events at Kalimna Park and Golden Point Reserve last week...Clean Up Australia Day events at Kalimna Park and Golden Point Reserve last weekend resulted in 4 cubic metres of rubbish being removed from the bush in and around Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. We would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers for their efforts on the day. http://ow.ly/uhMnvView post | Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11.43
During Parks Week we’re celebrating increased access for people of all abilities...During Parks Week we’re celebrating increased access for people of all abilities to enjoy Victoria’s parks. Thanks to all who have been testing out the all-terrain wheelchairs that are now in many of our most popular parks. Whether it’s taking in the stunning views in the Grampians or at Wilsons Prom, enjoying time at the beach or experiencing the Great Ocean Walk, it’s great to see they are being put to such great use! http://ow.ly/ufr0PView post | Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15.50
Don’t forget to check out all the fantastic ways kids and families can connect w...Don’t forget to check out all the fantastic ways kids and families can connect with nature during Parks Week and beyond. Become a Junior Ranger, go camping, explore your local park or get involved in some of the many other activities on offer. http://bit.ly/1dj0WXI Remember to share your favourite park photos with us. Post to our timeline to be included in our inspirational Park Photo Album on Friday.View post | Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13.55
Celebrate Parks Week with us from today until 9 March and enjoy all that nature...Celebrate Parks Week with us from today until 9 March and enjoy all that nature and our beautiful parks have to offer. To help inspire you, our rangers have given us some of their favourite photos to share. We’d love to see your park photos too. Post to our timeline to be included in our inspirational Park Photo Album on Friday.Inspiring park picsCelebrate Parks Week with us from today until 9 March and enjoy all that nature and our beautiful parks have to offer. To help inspire you, our rangers have given us some of their favourite photos to share. We’d love to see your park photos too. Post to our timeline to be included in our inspirational Park Photo Album on Friday.View post | Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14.15