If you want to help conserve, present and share Queensland’s national parks with the rest of the world become a Park Ranger.
Spotlight on park rangers
Check out these interviews with several of our park rangers from across Queensland and gain an insight to their diverse backgrounds and day-to-day activities.
- Doug Davidson, Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park
- Jolene McLellan, south western parks
- Leo Gabey, Whitsunday national park islands
- Jo Petersen, Magnetic Island National Park
- Boyd Blackman, Great Sandy National Park
- Tayce Cook, Northern Great Barrier Reef region
- Bridget Armstrong, Great Barrier Reef and Marine Parks Region
- Shellie Cash, Currawinya National Park
- Chris Mitchell, Diamantina National Park
- Carly Smith, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park
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.
Connect with community
Engaging with people from all walks of life, rangers increase visitor enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of national parks.
Understanding how land is used now and has been in the past helps rangers to promote a shared connection between community and country.
Working with fire programs and monitoring plants and animals provides the information necessary for present and future park management.
Monitoring visitor use and the condition of parks keeps visitors safe and protects parks values.
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.
What is it like being a ranger?
As a ranger, you have some of the most stunning landscapes in Queensland as your ‘office’. Your colleagues, other rangers, are very passionate about conserving and presenting their parks. There are many different career paths that you can take, and many different places you can live, including the outback, rainforests, coastal islands, mountains and even cities.
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
Women in national parks
Although they share a passion for the environment and its protection, rangers are a very diverse group. They come from different backgrounds and have a variety of specialist skills and interests. In the past, rangers were traditionally male, but today that has changed. Many of our rangers working in parks across Queensland are female. Check out the links below to hear from some of the women working in our parks.