Park Ranger (TAS)
Education and Training:
You can work as a park ranger without formal qualifications. However, entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications and/or work experience.
To work as a park ranger with the Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania you usually have to complete a degree at university in a relevant discipline such as botany, environmental science, environmental management or geography. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your TCE. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, chemistry, geography, mathematics and physics are normally required. Most universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact Open Universities Australia or the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.
You can work as an Indigenous park ranger without formal qualifications, but requirements may vary between employers. Contact the Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania for further information.
You can also become a park ranger or Indigenous park ranger through an apprenticeship or traineeship in Conservation and Land Management. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Once employed, rangers often receive training in wildlife handling, fire management, weed eradication, pest control and enforcement.
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
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Park rangers are mainly employed by government agencies. Competition for positions is strong, and employers usually require applicants to have some park or nature orientated experience.
Some park rangers move between states and into forest officer, fisheries officer or land protection officer positions. Opportunities may also be available to work as conservation officers with local councils.
With experience, and sometimes further training, park rangers may progress to professional science positions or general management.
For Further Information:
Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania
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