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How to become a ranger

If you want to help conserve, present and share Queensland’s national parks with the rest of the world become a Park Ranger.

What do rangers do?

It is very rare for any two days to be the same. Rangers manage fires, weeds and feral animals. They build and maintain tracks, boardwalks and camping areas. Importantly, they also welcome and share their stories with visitors.

Work can often be unpredictable and influenced by Mother Nature.

Specifically, rangers:

Connect with community

Engaging with people from all walks of life, rangers increase visitor enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of national parks.

Highlight heritage

Understanding how land is used now and has been in the past helps rangers to promote a shared connection between community and country.

Cultivate nature

Working with fire programs and monitoring plants and animals provides the information necessary for present and future park management.

Patrol parks

Monitoring visitor use and the condition of parks keeps visitors safe and protects parks values.

Work wonders

Cleaning visitors facilities, installing and maintaining park infrastructure, and controlling pest plants and animals is physical and often dirty work.

How do I become a ranger?

For information on the skills and experience we look for when recruiting rangers, visit the current ranger vacancies advertised on the Queensland Government Smart Jobs and Careers website.  By reviewing the role descriptions you will gain an understanding of the attributes we look for in our successful candidates.

It is  worthwhile considering TAFE or university studies in areas such as conservation and land management, park management, natural resource management or a related discipline.

Volunteering in parks is a great way to gain valuable experience and develop contacts. The Volunteering in Parks page has information on how to find a volunteer project in your location and how to get involved in community partnership programs with QPWS.

Videos of rangers

Check out these videos to see some of the different responsibilities and opportunities that our rangers have…

Day in the life of a park ranger

The diverse roles of a park ranger

Our park rangers share their love of the Wet Tropics

Last updated
26 April 2016