Field Ranger

at CapeNature
Location Malmesbury, Cape Town, South Africa
Date Posted
Category Management
Work Hours Day
Salary 185159
Salary Units YEAR
Currency ZAR


Job Description


CapeNature seek to appoint a dynamic individual to undertake reserve operations and assist with the natural resource management programme and integrated catchment management.  The candidate will be responsible for ecological data collection and data management, monitoring, quality assurance, infrastructure and equipment maintenance, environmental education, and law enforcement and compliance monitoring at the Riverlands Nature Reserve.  The Field Ranger will also be responsible for supervisory and administrative tasks and will report to the Conservation Officer (On Reserve), Dassen Coastal Complex.




Ensure effective management and expansion of the Protected Area Estate


Support the reserve management team in the effective management of the Protected Area

Contribute to the drafting of integrated work plans and annual plans of operation

Implement annual plans of operation for Board and externally funded projects

Perform supervisory and administrative duties such as supervision of EPWP teams, compilation of reports, vehicle inspections and log sheets, purchase requests, and asset management according to policy and procedure

Transport staff / contractors / equipment as required

Support reserve operations at Ganzekraal Conservation Area and Dassen Island Nature Reserve in the Dassen Coastal Complex, as required

Support Ecological Management and Integrated Catchment Management


Implement the ecological matrix and annual plans of operation for the Riverlands Nature Reserve

Collect and curate quality data according to process and procedure, manage and submit data according to standard and ensure data provides decision support

Accommodate researchers and support research activities as required

Undertake fire protection, wildland suppression, and firefighting operations

Assist with invasive alien species management and control, including species identification, density verification and quality control

Implement quality control for projects as per integrated work plans and annual plans of operation

Undertake compliance monitoring and law enforcement on and off reserve, ensure quality assurance and adherence to Occupational Health and Safety policy and procedure


Participate in criminal enforcement operations for non-compliance with environmental legislation, including education and issuing warnings and fines where appropriate

Carry out compliance monitoring (patrols) and undertake law enforcement action where appropriate

Ensure the visitors to the reserve adhere to contractual, permit or other conditions of access

Assist with hazard identification and risk assessments, quality assurance audits, and Occupational Health and Safety compliance

Implement Occupational Health and Safety policy, procedures, and guidelines

Ensure accurate reporting and mitigate potential hazards and emergency situations in collaboration with supervisors

Infrastructure and equipment management


Undertake minor repairs and maintenance of infrastructure and equipment

Maintain vehicles and equipment according to standards, procedures, and maintenance schedules

Perform routine infrastructure and equipment checks

Assist with control and management of stores and assets

Undertake and / or supervise fence maintenance and repair

Implement roads management, erosion control and rehabilitation

Maximizing socio-economic benefits to communities surrounding protected areas and increasing awareness of the importance of conservation


Provide visitors with accurate information and interpretation

Participate in the planning and implementation of Environmental Education and Awareness activities

Assist with Youth Development programmes as required

Assist with Community Based Natural Resource Management / People and Parks programmes as required

Assist with Local Economic Development initiatives on and off Reserve

Supervise volunteers, train and mentor students, contractors and EPWP teams




Qualifications and Experience


A relevant NQF Level 6 or equivalent certification in nature conservation

At least two-years’ experience working in protected or nature areas

A valid code B driver’s license (EB license with PDP is an added advantage)

Knowledge and experience in ecological monitoring

Law enforcement and compliance

Fire Fighting experience

Bilingualism in at least two of the official languages of the Western Cape



Physically fit and ability to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions

Willingness to work weekend shifts and irregular hours

No criminal record

Strong analytical, strategic and creative problem-solving skills

Technical / mechanical ability

Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment managing multiple projects and tight deadlines

Good project planning, coordination and organising skills

Ability to function independently and within a team

Computer literacy plus advanced proficiency in MS-Office

Use of GIS software





Possession of a valid Peace Officer’s certificate or Environmental Management Inspectorate certification

ICS certification / Fire Fighting qualifications


Interested candidates can send their CV

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