Heed the call of nature, become a ranger

Released 14/07/2015

Those who hear the call of the great outdoors and aspire to help others enjoy the majesty of nature are being given the opportunity to make these dreams a reality, as the ACT Government launches its annual recruitment drive for ACT Parks and Conservation Rangers.

"The ACT Government's annual Ranger recruitment is a great opportunity for people who enjoy working outdoors to play a vital role in the conservation and land management of ACT's parks and reserves," ACT Parks and Conservation Director, Daniel Iglesias, said.

"The recruitment process will help us create a ranger employment register. We are looking for entry level Ranger Grade One and more experienced Ranger Grade Two applicants for permanent, fixed term (between one to five years) and temporary (up to 12 months) positions to work across various locations within the ACT.

"Ideally we are seeking candidates who possess a knowledge or experience in natural and cultural resource and rural land management. Applicants who can demonstrate life experience, strong interpersonal skills and a desire to learn will also be considered.

"Prospective Rangers must be physically able and willing to undertake incident management duties, be prepared to work a roster which includes weekends, public holidays or evening shifts, be prepared to wear a uniform and possess a manual drivers' licence.

Mr Iglesias said the ACT Government manages 75 percent of ACT land including Canberra Nature Park, Namadgi National Park, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Murrumbidgee River Corridor including the Lower Cotter Catchment, Googong Foreshores, Kowen Forest and other pine plantations, equestrian trails, and lakes and ponds.

"Our Rangers work hard to manage these areas ranging from the majestic peaks of Namadgi National Park to the local suburban park. They manage our wildlife, interpret natural and cultural features, build walking trails; maintain barbeques and toilets in our picnic areas and campgrounds; control invasive pest plants and animals; and undertake fire management works such as controlled burns.

"I strongly encourage anyone that is interested, and has the appropriate level of experience in land management, to apply."

Further information about the Ranger Grade 1 and Ranger Grade 2 positions can be found at www.jobs.act.gov.au Applications close for Grade 1 and Grade 2 on Thursday 23 July and Friday 24 July 2015 respectively.

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