100 volunteer rangers recruited to ranger program

National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia (NPWSSA) staff were recently involved in celebrating the appointment of the 100th volunteer park ranger.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs and some of the Volunteer Park Rangers*

As part of the celebration event, NPWSSA staff and Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs met with some of the volunteer rangers for a morning tea and planting event at Glenthorne National Park, where volunteer rangers were presented with certificates recognising their support to our national parks and to enhancing the park visitor experience.

The pilot Volunteer Ranger Program was conducted in October 2019 and within a short 12-month period the program has grown very quickly, with 100 volunteers now on board.

All of the volunteers share a passion and commitment to the conservation and protection of our state’s parks and its biodiversity.

Volunteer rangers are already contributing to NPWSSA Park of the Month activities by providing guided walks and talks to park visitors, as well as supporting park staff coordinating visitor activities and experiences during peak holiday periods.

‘Already in such a short space of time, and through a pandemic which saw all volunteer activity put on hold, volunteer rangers have contributed 2700 hours in 16 parks across South Australia,’ Volunteer Ranger Program Coordinator Amanda Parker said.

The program will continue to grow as its scope broadens to include a wider range of park maintenance activities and biodiversity projects.

It will also continue to be expanded into more parks across South Australia and in particular to more remote park locations.

‘If you’ve got a park event or project coming up and need some extra hands on deck or need visitor services support during a busy period, then why not give me a call for a chat to see where our volunteer rangers may be able to assist,’ Amanda said.

To find out more, contact Volunteer Ranger Program Coordinator Amanda Parker.

Volunteer Ranger Danielle Milligan
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs and Volunteer Ranger Joseph Wanjiku

*Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs (pictured in the middle) and Volunteer Park Rangers Joseph Wanjiku, Andrew Schaberau, Sophie Blewett, Krystal Puxley, Vicky Stimson, Phil Bigg, Adrian Cheater, Vanessah Sanchez, Roslyn Shirlaw, Joanna Cowan, Danielle Milligan, Thomas Seemanpillai and Lynette Belder at Glenthorne National Park