Career

National Parks Ranger / Field Officer

Ranger

National Park rangers are responsible for managing the natural and cultural heritage of an area through the implementation of projects, policies and legislative requirements. They are expected to co-ordinate and manage projects and programs in areas such as:

  • Park visitation (including the enforcement of regulations)
  • Conservation of wildlife and control of feral animals
  • Fire and weed control
  • Improvement and maintenance of facilities
  • Management of Aboriginal sites and heritage (and other historical sites)
  • Environmental assessments and natural resource surveys, preparation of reports and provision of advice and recommendations on findings

Park Rangers promote conservation and information and are expected to respond to emergency incidents. A science or environment based degree and understanding of certain legislation, National Parks policy and natural and cultural heritage conservation issues are essential to this role.

Field officer

National Parks field officers deal with the same types of issues as rangers; though have less of a management focus in their work. Field officers are expected to carry out works programs involving:

  • Protection of historically and culturally important areas through erosion control, regeneration, fencing, maintenance and repair
  • Cleaning and repairing park facilities e.g. signs, amenities, camping areas, and walking tracks
  • Work with community volunteers and conservation groups
  • Hazard reduction burning
  • Operation and maintenance of machinery
  • Provision of "customer service" to visitors and the community through information, assistance and advice

Field Officers do not necessarily require the same qualifications as rangers, though need to have a thorough understanding of conservation, cultural and historical issues and have excellent problem-solving and practical skills.