Lake Ranger boat patrolling on Windermere copyright Dave Willis
Lake Ranger boat patrolling on Windermere

Tips on becoming a ranger

What advice would you give to someone who would like to become a ranger?

We get many enquiries from people wanting to become National Park rangers and asking what's the best way of doing it. So we asked the experts - the rangers themselves! Here are their replies:

Replies from our National Park Rangers

"Like people, travel the world and see other National Parks. Have a sense of humour, plenty of common sense and patience. Be prepared to be a 'jack of all trades' and master of quite a few."

"Go for it! Be prepared to gain plenty of work experience and bear in mind that there are all sorts of environmental jobs these days with very similar roles to a Ranger."

"Keep trying! Be prepared to study, to apply for jobs far away and to volunteer to build up experience. It's not an easy line of work to get into, but there are opportunities out there if you really want to make it happen."

"Be prepared to do some voluntary work to gain experience, and don't give up."

"Start by doing a degree, then get about 10 years' experience in countryside management. There are very few ranger vacancies at the Lake District National Park so you may have to be prepared to travel. I replaced a man who had completed around 30 years service as a ranger. "

"Get a countryside management qualification, get work experience wherever you can to gain experience, come with all that in about 10 years' time and you can have my job!"

"Get a relevant qualification and as much practical experience as you can (often through volunteering). It is unlikely you will be able to secure a Ranger job without having relevant work experience so work your way up the ladder and don't give up. It took me four attempts over eight years before I got this role."

"You must be able to multitask all at once!"

Young Rangers

Are you between 14 - 18 years and would like to get involved with conservation on a regular basis? Then you might want to become a Young Ranger.

Inspired?

Then check out our Jobs page or have a look at our Volunteering section. You can also see vacancies for England's National Parks on the National Parks website (opens in new window).