Park Ranger Jobs
Park ranger jobs in Southern Africa are in high demand. Anyone with a liking to nature, the conservation thereof, and the excitement of learning something new every day, could be an ideal park ranger in Africa.
Before we get to possible park ranger jobs, let’s first explain what a park ranger does, and how it is different from a field guide.
It is a common mistake to think that field guide and a park ranger is the same thing. Although the roles overlap in some instances, they have some distinct differences. If you have a park ranger qualification, your main responsibilities are conserving nature and the management of the infrastructure and resources of the game reserve. This includes managing the animal population, alien plant control, fencing, roads, water resources, and bush clearing.
Park ranger job description
Park ranger job descriptions typically involve a focus on reserve management, with an involvement in the administration and the logistics of the reserve. You’ll be leading the guiding department, managing the stock and equipment control, training new guides, and serving as the liaison between different departments of the reserve. Park rangers are also responsible for educating the guests on behaving along with the standards of ethical conservation and guiding.
Field guiding, however, is more varied and engaging. You still learn about the ins-and-outs of nature, work with the wildlife and help the parkgaragegers when they are in need of some extra hands. But, you also interact with the guests of the reserve. You meet new people, take them out on game drives or bush walks, and pass on all your knowledge to those keen to learn about the bush, and often admire your every step. Think of yourself as the translator between nature and the guests, where you focus on explaining the many uses of fauna and flora and how to look after it in an ethical manner.
Your field guiding career can range from working at smaller, private big five reserves to national parks, where you can work alongside fellow guides. Professional growth as a field guide is endless, as you gain knowledge in a wide array of subjects, which opens endless opportunities for you in the wildlife sector.
Bushwise’s professional field guide course, which is accredited by FGASA, will teach you all the skills you need to be a successful field guide, and will additional enhance your skills as a park ranger. Your knowledge on geology, weather and climate, animal behaviour, tracking, and your practical experience throughout the course will make you stand out from the rest.
Greg Moran from South Africa
“I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned a great deal. I thought being in the bush my whole life, I would have known a lot, but what I have learned here, I could never have anywhere else. Excellent trainers and great friendly staff – always ready to help and make this probably the best experience I have ever had. For that, I am so grateful to Bushwise!”
Lukas Pfaudler from Germany
“I was dreaming of Africa since I was a little boy. My biggest wish was to experience the amazing wildlife of Africa, not just out of a vehicle or a movie. Bushwise made this dream come true and offered so much more.”