Become a Ranger


In Africa, the Game Ranger goes by many different titles - Game Ranger, Game Warden, Conservation Officer, Protected Area Manager and many more. Game Rangers are protected area managers whose prime responsibility is ensuring the territorial and biological integrity of the protected area under his/her management.

Their tasks are multi-faceted and include; ensuring the day to day health and well-being of wildlife, research and monitoring, game capture and introductions, population management, burning programs, infrastructure and equipment maintenance, public relations, environmental education, and, crucially, local community relations, liaison and involvement. Added to these are the normal day to day financial controls, human resource planning and administration, which must also be carried out.

In order to qualify as a game ranger you need to undergo tertiary training at an accredited institution. Many game rangers hold diplomas in nature conservation or have bachelor's degrees majoring in the natural sciences (zoology, biology, conservation ecology, wildlife management, botany etc.). This list is not exhaustive but may provide you with some idea of some of the tertiary courses on offer in the field of nature conservation.

Please visit the following web-sites for more information:

Southern African Wildlife College:

College of African Wildlife Management:

Tshwane University of Technology:

University of South Africa:



Field rangers work at the "coal face" of conservation. They are the foot soldiers of all conservation efforts. They work in protected areas across Africa and are tasked with, amongst other things, ensuring the territorial integrity of these wild places. They are the 'boots on the ground' in Africa's protected areas.

It takes a unique type of individual to perform the tasks expected of a field ranger in what are often extreme conditions. Due to the physical nature of the job a high level of fitness and strength is required. It is also imperative that those seeking employment as field rangers have adequate security clearance as they will be involved in law enforcement and in some instances will be trained to carry firearms.

Basic training will be needed in order to develop the required skills to operate as a field ranger. Choosing a reputable training provider is critical. The GRAA can assist you in making this choice to ensure that your qualification is sought after in the market place.

The following institution provides excellent training for those wanting to develop their skills as field rangers:

Southern African Wildlife College:

You can also consider Field Guiding and this will provide you with an opportunity to do something on a part time basis. For this purpose visit the Field Guides of South Africa (FGASA) website at

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