Game Ranger or Park Ranger

The role of conservation is to manage natural resources for the benefit of society. The primary objective of the park ranger is to conserve and manage natural resources.


Park rangers perform a variety of tasks and functions depending on the needs of the area within which they find themselves. Their roles may include capturing game for relocation, culling overpopulated game to reduce numbers, researching the movement of game, and environmental impact studies. One of their primary functions is law enforcement and in ensuring that the parks or wilderness areas are protected for the benefit of all. They may also support research projects designed by scientists and are often also responsible for tourists, for instance, taking visitors on guided tours or presenting environmental education programmes.

Some park rangers become experts in one or more specific areas of conservation and may conduct work which requires extensive planning, reading, fieldwork and data analysis. Others may become more involved in developing publicity material and liaising with the public and the media. Depending on their kind of employment, the nature conservator may also be responsible for financial administration, management of personnel and labour relations.


Employment

  • National Parks Board
  • private game farms
  • private game reserves
  • government departments
  • provincial conservation organisations
  • large mining, chemical and industrial companies.
A nature conservator or park ranger can work as a consultant in the private sector performing environmental impact studies.


Getting Started

  • try to obtain vacation work at a wildlife centre or private game reserve
  • make appointments to speak to a park ranger about this type of career


Programmes

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