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To become a ranger at Gesäuse National Park

To become a ranger

The training to become a National Park Ranger:in

In 2010 a Certificate course for Austrian National Park Rangers was introduced. Participants receive comprehensive theoretical training about the objectives and tasks of a national park in addition to information on the natural environment of Austria and its development and history. The basics of nature interpretation and pedagogy for a particularly sustainable knowledge transfer are also included. Legal basics and comprehensive training in emergency management complete the course.

The certificate courses are an educational measure in adult education, regulated and recognized by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. The respective national park administrations and their institutions as well as the Hohe Tauern National Park Academy as certified training centers are commissioned to conduct these courses which represent a basic training.

National Park Rangers are obliged to undergo further training. To this end, the individual national park administrations can design and hold in-depth modules, e.g. with primarily educational or more methodological content (e.g. wilderness education). Furthermore, rangers can acquire additional qualifications (e.g. boat guide, climbing guide).

The National Parks Austria Education Academy bundles the training and further education programme of the national parks, which is open not only to staff and rangers, but also to all other nature enthusiasts. The programme ranges from further education in the field of nature education, first aid courses and specialist conferences to exciting insights into the living world of various animal and plant species.