Rangers working for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) coordinate, implement and supervise projects to manage places of natural, cultural and historic significance. This includes helping visitors and community members and providing educational information. Rangers implement the functions, policies and legislative requirements of the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).
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A ranger's major role is to implement the functions, policies and legislative requirements of OEH, both on and off conservation areas.
What's required of a person working as a ranger includes good problem-solvers and able to think on their feet in emergencies (such as bushfires). However, they must also have the vision to deal with long-term planning issues. Skills and knowledge in managing natural and cultural heritage is a must, along with an understanding of internal policies and procedures and law enforcement.
As they frequently liaise with members of the public and various stakeholder groups, rangers need to have excellent verbal and written communication skills and a positive personality. Rangers also need to be able to write reports and provide advice about conservation matters.