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Department of Environment and Science

Queensland Government

Department of Environment and Science

Park rangers

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.

(Material originally published by the National Parks Association of Queensland in their Protected Magazine)

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.

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.

Women working in Queensland’s national parks

Bronwyn McAdam, Sunshine Coast

Jules Holland, Moreton Island National Park

Naomi Scott, Byfield National Park

Carol Kinnaird, Cape York Peninsula

Nicole Hitchcock, Great Barrier Reef

Last updated
22 August 2017