A ranger works within wilderness areas such as National Parks and has a variety of responsibilities from maintaining the park to promoting education and conservation. A ranger is the eyes and ears of the wilderness area they work in.
In day to day work you may; maintain footpaths, gates, signposts, fences etc., interact with visitors, give talks, take guests on educational guided walks, assist in events, plan and create habitats to promote conservation of plant and animal life, tree planting, monitor changing environments, patrol areas, work with local communities, report writing.
Key Skills Required:
- Excellent communication skills
- Interest in local flora and fauna, conservation and education
- Interpersonal skills
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team
- Physical fitness
- Customer service skills
Key Points to Know:
- This job involves working outside in all weather conditions.
- You may work unsociable hours such as evenings and weekends.
- A driving license is often essential for this role.
To be a Ranger you will need to:
The level of education required depends on the employer and your level of experience; while many employers require a degree in environmental management, conservation or a similar subject, some are happy with a college qualification such as a level 3 diploma in a relevant subject such as Countryside Management. Whatever level of education you have, experience is essential.
Volunteering with a national park or environmental organisation is a fantastic way to gain experience and make contacts within the industry.
Estimated average salary: £16,000 – £28,000 annually.
As a Ranger, you can anticipate employment in a variety of roles including:
- National Parks
- National Trust
- The Wildlife Trusts
- Conservation organisations such as RSPB
- Privately owned land & parks
Being a Ranger is a great career for someone who has a passion for conservation, loves working outdoors and enjoys interacting with visitors. This is a very competitive role with many people applying for vacancies, so be sure you volunteer to gain experience as this will help you stand out from the crowd. With experience, you could progress to senior, area or head ranger.