Parks and Wildlife - working in remote localities

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:

Relocating to a Northern Territory (NT) park ranger station for employment is an exciting and unique opportunity.

Many ranger stations are renowned for their ruggedness and dramatic weather.

Some locations experience extremes of heat and cold, wild winds or flooding. It is possible to be isolated for parts of the year.

Parks and Wildlife staff and family members working remotely are also eligible for certain allowances and entitlements.

If you are considering a move to a ranger station in a remote locality, read below.

Watch the park ranger experience videos.

Living out bush provides access to a lifestyle and experiences unique to the Territory.

Access to services

Many remote parks have limited access to services.

Phones, TV and internet

Some ranger stations have no mobile phone service. They maybe dependent on satellite reception for television and internet.


The nearest shops may be several hours drive away.

Food can be delivered through bush orders, or drive to nearest town to collect.

While in town, its an opportunity to collect other supplies, visit medical centre or vets for pets.

Road access

Roads may be rough and accessible to 4WDs only and at certain times of the year, may become impassable.

Some sites may require you to fly in and out.


Depending on the location, there may be no schools nearby.

Read more about distance and online learning on the Northern Territory Government website.

Support services

  • NT Employees Assistance Service
  • Student assistance schemes
  • NT Health Direct
  • Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association
  • counselling services such as Beyond Blue, Deadly Mob and Lifeline.

A lifestyle choice

Many rangers and their families love living out bush.

They get to experience scenery, wildlife and country. They enjoy:

  • fishing
  • bushwalking
  • photography
  • camping.

Other benefits include:

  • clean living
  • growing your own veggies
  • keeping chooks
  • living simply in the fresh air.

Many ranger stations have a great sense of community. Strong friendships are forged through shared challenges and experiences.

Remote localities

A remote locality is outside of the main centres of:

  • Darwin
  • Katherine
  • Alice Springs.

Remote ranger stations

  • Arltunga Historical Reserve
  • Borroloola Township
  • Elsey National Park - Mataranka
  • Finke Gorge National Park
  • Judbarra/Gregory National Park:
    • Bullita Section
    • Timber Creek
  • Garig Gunak Barlu National Park
  • Keep River National Park
  • Limmen National Park
  • Litchfield National Park:
    • Walker Creek
    • Batchelor
  • Mary River National Park
  • Nitmiluk National Park:
    • Leliyn (Edith Falls)
    • Katherine Gorge
  • Owen Springs Reserve
  • Tennant Creek
  • Trephina Gorge Nature Park
  • Watarrka National Park
  • Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park:
    • Ormiston Gorge
    • Simpsons Gap


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

Last updated: 20 April 2022

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