Park Rangers assist 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.

Specialisations: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land and Sea Ranger.

You can work as a Park Ranger without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Park Rangers. You can also complete a traineeship.

Tasks

  • Implements policies and organises activities in designated parks and other areas to conserve and protect natural and cultural heritage.
  • Participates in management planning by providing environmental information and making inventories of plants, animals and items of cultural and heritage significance.

All Environmental Scientists

  • $1,779 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Park Rangers

  • 2,500 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 81% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 25% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Park Rangers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 2,700 in 2011 to 2,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Park Rangers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and the Northern Territory have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Other Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (81%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 25% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Arts and Recreation Services56.6
Public Administration and Safety21.7
Other Services10.9
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing5.2
Other Industries5.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePark RangersAll Jobs Average
NSW13.031.6
VIC17.725.6
QLD31.820.0
SA3.17.0
WA13.110.8
TAS3.52.0
NT15.31.0
ACT2.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPark RangersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.6-5.05.0
20-246.3-9.39.3
25-3420.8-22.922.9
35-4428.6-22.022.0
45-5424.1-21.621.6
55-5910.5-9.09.0
60-645.4-6.06.0
65 and Over2.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationPark RangersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree28.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV21.4-21.121.1
Year 129.2-18.118.1
Year 114.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below13.7-12.512.5

You can work as a Park Ranger without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Park Rangers. You can also complete a traineeship.

Membership with the Australian Ranger Federation may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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Employers look for Environmental Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    79% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Education and training

    79% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Geography

    73% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  4. History and archeology

    68% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  5. English language

    63% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    99% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Electronic mail

    95% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Telephone

    95% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Contact with the public

    92% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  5. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    92% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

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