Rangers, as a subset of environmental scientists, work hands-on in parks, forests, and other natural settings. They use their scientific background and knowledge to study and protect flora, fauna, water, air, and other aspects of their specific worksite.

Duties and tasks

  • Applying environmental knowledge in a practical way to their own surroundings
  • Doing inventory of plants, animals, and other living organisms in their work sites to glean an accurate picture of that ecosystem
  • Educating visitors about the need for conservation and environmentally sound policies
  • Implementing environmentally sustainable policies into their work sites
  • Promoting a healthy and robust environment
  • Taking action to prevent man-made catastrophic events like wildfires
  • Working with campers and visitors to ensure environmentally sound practices are being followed and everyone is kept safe

Skills required

  • Ability to use logic, reasoning, and critical thinking skills
  • Active listening
  • Pedagogical ability and friendly demeanour
  • Speaking and other oral communication
  • Thorough knowledge of environmental and other sciences

Working conditions

Rangers work "in the field," or hands-on at specific natural sites to promote sustainability and conservation. They may check in on campers and visitors, run workshops, or collect samples from nature.

Professional associations / Industry information

Environment and Heritage (NSW) 
Ranger Training

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