Park Ranger

Assists in controlling a State or national park, scenic area, historic site, nature reserve, recreation area or conservation reserve in accordance with authorised policies and priorities.
Training time 1 - 4 years
Average pay $63,411
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 900

What does a Park Ranger do?

  • evaluating habitat, wildlife and fisheries needs, and formulating short- and long-term management goals and objectives
  • enforcing laws and regulations to conserve and protect fish and wildlife
  • carrying out environmental impact assessments for a wide range of development projects
  • proposing solutions to address negative environmental impact
  • studying the effects of factors, such as terrain, altitude, climatic and environmental change, sources of nutrition, predators and the impacts of humans, on animal and plant life
  • studying and analysing pollution, atmospheric conditions, demographic characteristics, ecology, mineral, soil and water samples
  • developing conservation and management policies for biological resources, such as fish populations and forests, and establishing standards and developing approaches for the control of pollution and the rehabilitation of areas disturbed by activities such as mining, timber felling and overgrazing
  • implementing policies and organising activities in designated parks and other areas to conserve and protect natural and cultural heritage


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land and Sea Ranger

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management
Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management
Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
Diploma of Parks and Gardens Management
Advanced Diploma of Conservation and Land Management