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 NSW Environment and Heritage Group (EHG) of the Department of Planning and Environment.
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A ranger's major role is to implement the functions, policies and legislative requirements of EHG, both on and off conservation areas.
A person working as a ranger is a good problem-solver, able to think on their feet in emergencies (such as bushfires). They 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, procedures and law enforcement.
As they frequently connect with members of the public and various stakeholder groups, rangers need to have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and a positive personality. They also need to be able to write reports and provide advice about conservation matters.