Become a Ranger
How it works

Become a Ranger
How it works


Training as a National Park ranger is carried out within the framework of a certificate course, which is held at regular intervals depending on staffing requirements of the National Parks.


Training consists of three parts:

Basic module

(c)Astrid Bartl
A National Park Ranger from the Thayatal National Park.
(c)Astrid Bartl

Certificate course Basic module

The basic module covers the general training section effective for all Austrian National Parks covering 17 days (with 8 teaching units of 60 minutes each). The content communicated includes fundamentals of nature conservation, zoology, botany, geology, ecological correlations, nature teaching methods, excursion didactics, legal fundamentals, meteorology and first aid.

Advanced module

(c)Ruth Brozek
A national park ranger tells something to his visitors.
(c)Ruth Brozek

Certificate course Advanced module

The advanced module comprises the specific training section tailored to the national park in question covering 25 days (of which 10 are days of practice in each protected area). The module is completed with an oral and written exam. The new rangers are awarded a certificate following successful completion. In case of a change of operating location, the module shall be taken again.

Further Education

(c)Stefan Leitner
National Park Rangers in Winter
(c)Stefan Leitner

Continuous Further Education

National Park rangers who are already certified shall prove that they have attended at least two further education days per year, in order to maintain the validity of the certificate. At least one of the further education days must be completed in their own National Park.

Frequently Asked Questions
on the Role of Ranger


FAQ Ranger

What do National Park Rangers do?

Working conditions and specific deployment options vary from National Park to National Park. In addition to accompanying visitor groups and communicating nature to guests and school groups, the area of responsibility includes area surveillance, monitoring duties, control and maintenance of information boards, nature trails, signs and observation lodges, as well as lecturing activities and support for information stands.

Is a National Park ranger a full-time job?

The majority of domestic National Park rangers are part-time workers. In most cases, this involves freelance employment with flexible working hours. Only a few rangers are in fixed employment at National Park administrations all year round.

When will the next training course be held?

Courses are held independently of staffing requirements and are carried out by the individual National Park administrations. When the next course is being planned, we provide information on this website and through social media channels ( or with regard to application deadlines, dates and location. The cours is in German language.

How long does training last and how much does it cost to participate?

Training usually takes 1-2 years. Where possible, training days are held in blocks (at least 2-3 days) and may take place (dependent on the National Parks hosting them) on weekdays or at the weekend. Costs vary and are disclosed at the beginning of the application process.

What prior knowledge do I need to participate?

Prior knowledge is not necessary but is definitely an advantage. It’s particularly important that you have a love of nature and enjoy working with people. The minimum age for training is 18.

What is a Junior Ranger?

Various programmes for children and young people are summarised under the term “junior ranger”, which playfully communicate the duties and responsibilities of National Park rangers to young nature enthusiasts. Holiday and year-round leisure programmes are held in the Austrian National Parks.

The Danube Wetlands, Gesäuse, High Tauern and Thaya Valley National Parks currently provide Junior Ranger training courses.

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