Parks and Wildlife - wildlife 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:

If you love all forms of native wildlife, want to help protect our native species and be involved with problem animal management then this is the job for you.

Find out more about the allowances and entitlementspark 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 wildlife ranger’s work can vary greatly, depending on the region they work in.

They are responsible for all of the below.

  • Take part in problem wildlife control programs and provide advice.
  • Provide technical assistance to other departments about feral animal management.
  • Monitor snake removal hotline, provide appropriate advice, removal and relocation of the animals as needed.
  • Monitor the crocodile sightings hotline and take appropriate action when sightings or other information is reported.
  • Trap, capture and removal of crocodiles.
  • Maintain crocodile traps and equipment.
  • Assist with sample collections from crocodiles and other wildlife for research.
  • Survey crocodile and waterfowl populations by boat and plane.
  • Assist with scientific surveys and the protection of threatened and endangered species populations.
  • Work with other organisations about mistreated or problem animals.

Wildlife rangers provide information about native wildlife, pest animals, permits and wildlife crime to:

  • people
  • businesses
  • school groups.

The role is to assist with:

  • audits on individual and commercial wildlife permit holders
  • patrols and compliance duties during waterfowl hunting season
  • warrants, searches and compiling prosecution briefs of evidence
  • formal interview process of suspects and witnesses
  • investigating information received about possible criminal activity, unlawful treatment or possession of wildlife
  • gathering intelligence through database checks, photographs and any other available means.

Wildlife rangers also provide support to park rangers with enforcement tasks on parks and reserves.

What we are looking for

You need a technical qualification to be a ranger. Significant relevant experience is required.

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 experience in:

  • enforcement and regulatory activities and administering legislation to ensure compliance in regards to wildlife management issues, or the ability to get this knowledge
  • working and communicating with members of the community, and an ability to interact effectively with people of diverse cultures
  • wildlife identification skills or capability to get them
  • writing skills to prepare documents to a high standard including compliance and enforcement documents, standard operating procedures, reports and guidelines.

You will need to:

  • demonstrate initiative, motivation and organisational skills to operate with minimal supervision in a team environment
  • meet deadlines, adapt to changing priorities and contribute to in-house training
  • hold a current Senior First Aid Certificate, NT Drivers licence, S4 Chemical Handling certification and an NT Employees firearms licence, or the ability to get.

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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