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National Park Authority Rangers
The Ranger role in a National Park Authority tends to be one of the best known and high profile posts but is one which is often not fully understood.
In the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the Rangers work as part of a larger Delivery Team that also includes Wardens who specialise in path and property maintenance, as well as an Access and Rights of Way Team and staff who are responsible for recreation policy.
The Ranger is the key link between the Park Authority and the local community.
We divide the Park into areas (see map below) to allow Rangers to specialise in their area and to get to know communities, landowners and local groups on a closer level than staff who work across the whole Park. They are specialists in their area rather than in any specific subject but have to be confident communicators over a wide range of subjects.
The variety of tasks that a Ranger may be involved in include:
- Negotiating and opening paths across a farmer’s land.
- Contributing to the Authority’s activities and events programme.
- Working with the local community to develop small projects within the Park Authority’s remit.
- Recruiting and managing Voluntary Wardens to carry out footpath or property work.
- Helping to involve people who might not otherwise enjoy the National Park.
- Working with local or visiting school and university groups to provide an experience of the Park, or to contribute to environmental or sustainable education programmes.
- Carrying out practical conservation or access work on Park property or rights of way.
- Passing on contacts within the community to appropriate staff in the Park Authority or partner organisations.
- Dealing with complaints about recreation issues and providing guidance for events and activities in the Park.
- Helping local tourism operators or groups to make more of the National Park.