Parks and Wildlife - park ranger

Recruitment drive now on

If you have ever considered a career with Parks and Wildlife, there are exciting jobs now on offer.

Watch the park ranger experience videos.

Go to the Northern Territory Government Careers website and apply for the following roles:

Park rangers have a very particular role. They are what most people think of first when considering careers in parks and wildlife.

A park ranger will work to protect a park by managing:

  • fire
  • weeds
  • feral animals
  • natural and cultural sites.

They are responsible for visitor management and improving their whole experience.

In the Northern Territory (NT), park rangers are important first responders to emergencies as they are often the closest to an incident or event.

Find out more about the allowances and entitlementswildlife ranger jobs, and read about Aboriginal employment opportunities.

Watch the park ranger experience videos.

You can also volunteer on parks. Find out more on Northern Territory Government website.

The role

A park ranger is responsible for a variety of tasks depending on the park they work at.

They manage natural and cultural assets, with daily duties as below.

  • Plan, conduct and report on controlled and ecological burns, including responding to wildfires.
  • Protect and maintain biological diversity by managing threats such as feral animal populations, control of weeds and participating in scientific surveys.
  • Protect endangered and/or threatened native plants and animals.
  • Patrol park to check fences, monitor invasive species and visitor activities.
  • Assist in wildlife management projects, including surveying and monitoring wildlife.
  • Plan for development within parks, including camping picnic areas, tracks, trails and various visitor activities.

Their role includes face-to-face interpretive activities to promote understanding and appreciation of natural and cultural aspects of NT parks. This can include:

Development and maintenance of:

  • walking
  • bike
  • 4WD tracks on parks.

Represent Parks and Wildlife and interact with park visitors to:

  • provide information and advice
  • promote appropriate behaviour.

Respond to emergency situations such as search and rescue and offer first aid.

Manage and develop staff including:

  • volunteers
  • contractors
  • work experience students.

What we are looking for

You need a technical qualification to be a ranger.

This can include a:

  • certificate in conservation and land management, or
  • trade qualification.

Many rangers have a degree in science with a natural resource management or other biodiversity related focus.

You don’t need a degree to apply.

You will also need:

  • a high level of motivation and passion for the natural and cultural environment
  • experience in conservation or land management areas
  • good communication skills
  • experience in animal handling and identification
  • a current NT Class 'C' driver licence and a current Senior First Aid Certificate - or be able to get
  • a good level of physical fitness and willingness to handle wildlife and get your hands dirty
  • practical skills and good sense to keep yourself and others safe when operating in remote circumstances.

Rangers must be able to move to remote parks.

You can also transfer to any park or reserve within the NT. Read more about working in remote localities.

How to apply

To find job vacancies and to apply, go to the NT Government jobs website.


For information about a specific location call Parks and Wildlife on 08 8951 8251.

Last updated: 20 April 2022

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