Ranger ahoy!

It has come to our attention that a ranger from the Antipodes has landed on our shores, and we suspect he has an agenda. While claiming to be ‘on holiday’ we believe he will target current and former park staff in his quest to assemble the definitive collection of park / wildlife / conservation management uniform insignia.

Volunteers and a ranger, Tasmania
Volunteers and a ranger, Tasmania

So our advice to rangers in the UK is to guard your sleeves closely, and beware of alluring offers to exchange agency insignia for similar items featuring exotic-looking species from southern lands (eg: Tasmanian devil). If interested in supporting this project by having your park / agency represented in the spirit of international cooperation, please contact Barry Batchelor, a ranger with Tasmania’s Parks & Wildlife Service by email at: bazintas2@hotmail.com
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Thoughts from an angry park ranger

Sometimes people online confuse The Ranger with a US Park Ranger – although he’s very far from it. In real life there’s no such confusion: he really doesn’t look or sound like such a person. But it’s amazing how similar the experiences of his American counterparts can be, and yet how different.

Shelton Johnson, a park ranger in Yosemite
Shelton Johnson, a park ranger in Yosemite (not the author of the article, as far as we know!)

Have a look at the thoughts of an anonymous ranger who posted on craigslist. S/he strikes some very familiar chords with this ranger, even though s/he’s a very long way from the environment that British countryside managers work in. They don’t often have to deal with

…tweekers and gun toting survivalists who hate the government or want to use the wilderness as a place to stash sh*t for the Armageddon

…but more than a few UK rangers will recognise this cry from the heart:

Being a park ranger used to mean a lot of PR, giving directions, occasional search and rescue, first aid, and a periodic encounter with some idiot who drank too much. But now it means responding to the same calls any department handles in an urban area… domestics, more of what we classify as “disorderly conduct” offenses, and generally more people being rude and obnoxious…

Read the article to see some of the strange things this poor officer has to deal with. We hope their next season is more peaceful – it sounds as though they need the rest!

Via Bufords Essays. First published here in 2006: now revised with updated links.