Discovery and Wilderness Rangers ready for the summer season

Minister for Parks

Discovery and Wilderness Rangers ready for the summer season

24 December 2021

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service’s Discovery and Wilderness Rangers are ready to welcome both locals and visitors to Tasmania, enhancing the visitor experience within our national parks and reserves.

10 Discovery Rangers, and 12 Wilderness Rangers recently completed four days of training ahead of their deployment across Tasmania to support existing Parks field staff and volunteers right throughout the peak summer season.

The aim of our Discovery and Wilderness Rangers is to provide an enhanced visitor experience by supporting walker safety and knowledge through the delivery of information and activities, as a way of providing interpretation of an area’s natural and cultural heritage.

Importantly, they also provide education on how to experience all that Tasmania has to offer in an environmentally responsible way, through the delivery of key messaging including ‘Leave no Trace’ principles.

This ensures visitors to our beautiful State enjoy our national parks and reserves, but importantly, leave the environment just as they found it.

Discovery Rangers have been delivering services in Tasmania’s national parks for more than 40 years.

This Summer they will be stationed at eight popular locations including Maria Island National Park, Cradle Mountain National Park, Mt Field National Park, Freycinet National Park, Narawntapu National Park, Stanley, Strahan and the West Coast.

The Discovery Rangers will also run a range of free activities including guided walks, evening talks, games and activities to suit all ages.

Wilderness Rangers provide support to walkers in Tasmania’s remote track locations including at Mt Anne and Walls of Jerusalem, to ensure walkers are well prepared and educated on safety requirements for some of Tasmania’s more challenging tracks.

For more information, visit the PWS website: Education programs | Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania

Search is on for new Tasmanian Wilderness Rangers

Minister for Parks

Search is on for new Tasmanian Wilderness Rangers

16 October 2021

The Tasmanian Government is looking for new Wilderness Rangers to help protect our National Parks and improve the visitor experience for walkers.

A recruitment campaign is underway by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service to employ rangers who will provide education and advice to walkers on some of our State’s most remote multi-day walks within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area this summer.

The Wilderness Rangers, previously known as Track Rangers, will play an important role in keeping the walking community safe as well as enriching the overall visitor experience.

The rangers will be based in remote locations throughout the TWWHA, including Lake Rhona and the Walls of Jerusalem, along with soon-to-be-reopened overnight walking tracks at Mt Anne Circuit, Eastern Arthurs, and Western Arthurs.

The Wilderness Ranger program has been expanded this year to enhance walker safety and knowledge, particularly around Leave No Trace principles.

Additionally, the rangers will share the natural and cultural heritage values of these irreplaceable wilderness areas with walkers.

They will also help visitors understand why a voluntary overnight walker registration system is now in place to protect these fragile remote bushwalking environments.

The rangers will be deployed on more walks and for longer during the peak walking season to ensure full coverage on these remote walks.

In recent years, rangers have identified that some walkers are unaware of Leave No Trace principles, which can lead to impacts on vegetation, new campsites being formed, trail braiding (which creates a path next to a designated trail due to people walking off track) and inappropriate toileting.

With unprecedented demand for Tasmania’s National Parks and Reserves, even during COVID-19, the team of Wilderness Rangers will be out in the field and ready to greet and assist walkers during the peak walking season from December 2021 to April 2022.

More information about the Wilderness Ranger program can be found online at: www.jobs.tas.gov.au