Meet the ranger
My duties at work are to:
- write and carry out plans for improving the park
- protect native plants and animals inside and outside the national park
- protect historic places and Aboriginal sites
- talk to people who live near national parks
- make sure visitors are safe and obey the rules in national parks
- educate people about national parks and native wildlife.
I work in an office and outside in the national park. I often go to different parts of the national park to check on plants and animals or visit historic sites that I am looking after. I meet with neighbours and the community to encourage everyone to help look after our heritage.
My work clothes
My uniform is a light brown cotton shirt, thick shorts or trousers, boots and a hat. My shirt has a NPWS badge on the shoulder. I have special jackets for bad weather. If I am fighting fires I wear special protective clothes and a helmet.
In my office I use a computer, maps and books. Outside I drive a four-wheel drive and use maps, a two-way radio, a camera, a notebook and a GPS (global positioning system). If I am fighting fires, I drive a water tanker truck loaded with special tools.
My job skills
At university I learnt about native plants and animals and how to look after the environment.
What I like about my job
I like working outside in the fresh, open air, talking to people who visit the national park and helping prevent threatened species from becoming extinct.
More stuff to download
Activity sheet (PDF - 123KB)
Rangers have lots of responsibilities. Download and print out this activity sheet to find out more.
More about what rangers do
Do you want to be a ranger? Get more details on the skills and experience you'll need.
Page last updated: 27 February 2011