Park Ranger

Australian Immigration – Park Ranger

 

While this occupation is in demand in Australia, it may not always appear on the Skilled Occupations List. When categorising occupations, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection use the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) publication as the guide to job title, specialisation and skill requirement. This publication is not always reflective of the job titles and specialities in the market place. If you are unable to find your occupation on the Skilled Occupations List or the state/territory occupation lists then we recommend you look at the ANZSCO to see whether your occupation is listed under another name.

Keep up to date with frequent changes to Immigration Laws. If you are unsure whether your occupation falls into one of the occupations on the Skilled Occupations List or you have any visa question, we recommend you contact a Registered Migration Agent for assistance.

The following are possible options of living in Australia as a Park Ranger

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Finding a Job

Parks Victoria generally employs rangers.

The role
Working as a ranger is as varied as the environments they manage. Many of their responsibilities fall into two categories: managing natural values (making sure that the natural environment and cultural sites are protected) and visitor services (helping visitors to enjoy and understand parks). To get an idea of the many responsibilities of a ranger, let’s look at some examples.

Natural values
Protect, enhance and manage natural, recreational and cultural assets.
Identify weeds and pest animals and eradicate or control those that hold the most threat to native plants and animals.
Identify and protect populations of threatened or endangered animals.
Assisting with fire suppression (firefighting)
Promote and maintain historic assets
Develop co-operative relationships with local indigenous groups.
Work with volunteers on projects such as weed control, maintaining tracks and other infrastructure.
Grant permits and oversee researchers studying within the park.
Monitor and grant permits to businesses operating within parks, such as hydroelectricity, cafés and beekeeping.

Visitor services
Maintain and develop visitor facilities such as toilets, picnic and camping areas, and trails for various users.
Maintain and improve regulatory, interpretive and educational signage.
Respond to emergency situations such as ‘Search and Rescue’.
Delivery of information, events and services to customers, schools and other stakeholders.

A diversity of roles
On a broader level, the role of a ranger involves extensive planning, researching, strategic thinking and people management to effectively balance conservation and recreational values of each asset.

In addition to rangers, Parks Victoria employs people from a diverse range of professions. These include: conservation and environmental specialists, cultural and heritage managers, engineers, marketing, media and tourism professionals, education and interpretation staff, strategic planners, accountants, and customer service and administrative officers.

What qualifications are required?
Parks Victoria highly recommends people interested in pursuing a career as a park ranger complete an appropriate tertiary qualification in Natural Resources/Park Management or related discipline. A commercial coxswain’s certificate and open water diver’s certificate would also be advantageous for those interested working in the marine environment.

Competition for positions at park management agencies throughout Australia is strong, with many University graduates travelling interstate to gain experience before being selected. Popular areas for paid experience include tour guiding, gardening and landscaping, zoo keeping, seasonal firefighting and tourist information centre work.

Volunteering
Volunteering in parks is a great way to gain valuable experience and develop contacts within Parks Victoria and the organisations we work with.

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