SANParks is hiring Section Rangers (×4 vacancies)

This position will ensure effective Management of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems through implementation of applicable Legislation, Park Management Plans and other planning and assessment tools, aligned with the SANParks Strategy and Annual Performance Plan in support of effective Area Integrity Management in Parks.

Closing date: 28 May 2024

Location: Kruger National Park

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • National Diploma in Nature Conservation or a related field.
  • At least 4 – 6 years experience in a Supervisory function in Conservation Management in a Protected Area. Previous experience as a Field Ranger Sergeant or Corporal will be advantageous.

  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years practical Conservation Management experience related to artificial water provision management, fire management, knowledge of invasive species (alien fauna and flora), dealing with dangerous game, problem animal control, veld condition assessments, animal disease monitoring, wildlife capture & handling and firearm handling and management.

  • Multiple firearm handling qualifications or competencies and experience in all types of firearms i.e. handgun, self-loading rifle, manually operated rifle and shotgun.
  • Valid Code 08 (B) driver’s licence.


  • Previous experience in participating, coordinating, conducting and leading anti-poaching operations with special emphasis on Rhino and or Elephant poaching, snaring and poisoning incidents.
  • Experience in constituency building related to establishing productive and beneficial relationships with Communities and relevant internal, external and sister departments and entities.

  • Experience in dealing with dangerous game (through lethal control with applicable firearms) and implementing problem animal control protocols.
  • Experience in active veld fire management.
  • EMI Grade 2 designation (compulsory) or must qualify in a stipulated period.

Skills and Competencies

  • A genuine interest in and deep understanding of environmental issues, relevant legislation and best practices within a Protected Area;
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written);

  • Good Leadership and the ability to motivate and lead all Section employees;
  • Good organizational and time management skills;
  • Problem-solving and conflict-resolution experience;
  • High levels of discipline, accountability and integrity;
  • Spend extended periods of time in the veld and be prepared to deploy and camp when required.


  • Leadership: Promote the highest standards of Environmental Management practices and responsible Tourism. Establish systems and procedures to ensure high standards of ethics and behaviour among Rangers in the Section.

  • Section Management: Management and oversight of the Sections infrastructure (Ranger accommodation), roads, firebreaks, fences where applicable (exclosures and breeding camps), servicing and maintenance of equipment, maintenance and management of artificial water points and equipment to ensure reliable provision of water, control burns and deployment of Rangers to achieve Conservation and Law Enforcement goals.

  • Biodiversity Conservation: Implement all Conservation Management actions in the Section in line with SANParks and KNP policies and plans. This includes, but is not limited to, Problem Animal Control and dealing with Dangerous Game.

  • Law Enforcement: Monitoring and enforcement of applicable National Laws and SANParks and KNP policies, regulations and rules. Ensure effective patrolling for maximum area coverage and execute Law Enforcement operations, through deployments, observation posts and camping deployments.

  • Administration: Meticulous reporting and administration of all activities for the Section. Ensure Law Enforcement reporting takes place accurately and timeously as necessary (CMore/ Cyber Tracker/ Sitreps/ Real Time/ Mike Reports/ Monthly Reports etc.).
  • Compliance and Safety: Ensure compliance with all relevant policies and legislation related to Environmental Monitoring and Law Enforcement in the Section.

  • People Management: Manage the human capital of the Section through re-training (maintenance of Field Ranger skills), discipline and conflict resolution, mentoring and coaching. Encourage teamwork, collaboration and building a loyal, productive and motivated team.

How To Apply

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should forward their applications accompanied by the required documentation listed below to the following:

Pumza Zici
Human Capital Management

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: (013) 735 4204
  • Postal Address: Private Bag X402 Skukuza 1350

Documents Required

Interested persons who meet the above-stated minimum qualification and experience should forward their application letters, detailed Curriculum Vitae, letters of recommendation and certified copies of their qualifications.

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