The South Australian Volunteer Ranger program provides an opportunity for South Australians with a passion for the environment to get involved in activities to help engage park visitors to navigate, access and enjoy our SA reserves.
Becoming a Volunteer Ranger is a great way to share your knowledge, training and experience with park visitors, whilst gaining relevant knowledge and skills too.
You will be volunteering with a group of likeminded people to deliver interpretive walks and activities on the local biodiversity, and providing practical information to create a safe and memorable visitor experience. This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference by enhancing the knowledge of others and helping to create a lifelong connection to nature.
Sound appealing? Here’s all you need to know about being a volunteer ranger.
What will I be doing?
Volunteers who have a keen interest in nature and enjoy sharing their knowledge with others will deliver a series of visitor services to connect park visitors in SA parks and reserves busy holiday periods which include:
- Facilitate interpretive walks and activities highlighting flora, fauna and any other features of interest
- Rove around park major visitor sites and walking trails providing park information to visitors
- Engage in storytelling about the park’s natural and cultural values
Download the Volunteer Ranger (Visitor Services) Role Description.
What key skills are needed?
We’re looking for people who have:
- A passion for the environment, conservation and connecting people to nature
- Good public speaking skills and a willingness to speak to large groups and other park visitors
- Initiative and can work with minimal supervision
- A reasonable level of physical fitness and are able to work outdoors in all weather conditions
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- A positive attitude
- A current First Aid Certificate (Provide First Aid or higher)
- Ability to make their own way to the park (either by car or public transportation)
- Mobile phone
- Attend a 2 day training and induction course (prior to volunteering)
Volunteers will be required to undergo a Working With Children Check (which includes a National Police Clearance Check) before commencing volunteer duties. This will be at no cost to you.
What are the benefits?
- Training will provide you with valuable knowledge and skills, especially in presentation skills and environmental interpretation
- A free uniform is provided for volunteers to wear
- Opportunity to network with a friendly team of likeminded people from diverse backgrounds
- Learn and apply new skills in a park management context
- Share your passion and knowledge about the environment with others
- Help visitors to better access, learn and experience SA reserves
- Gain extensive knowledge of different parks
- Work in some of the most beautiful and special places in SA
- For placements out of the metropolitan area, free accommodation (or campground facilities) will be provided.
Which parks are involved in the program?
The Volunteer Ranger Program is a new initiative being developed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia initially being piloted at Morialta Conservation Park and Innes National Park.
To find out more about our participating parks, please click below:
The program will be expanded across other parks in the near future and volunteers will be offered placements based on their suitability for the role, availability and any particular skills or qualifications that are required.
How to join
If you are interested in joining the Volunteer Ranger Program follow these steps:
- Step 1: Read through the role description, current volunteer opportunities and site specific information - here
- Step 2: Register as a volunteer- here
- Step 3: Still interested? Contact the Volunteer Ranger Program Coordinator to organise an interview
For any questions, please email VolunteerRangerProgram@sa.gov.au