South Africa’s 19 national parks, covering over 9 million hectares, aim to conserve rich biodiversity, landscapes and heritages sites. Various provincial and local government nature reserves complement this aim. These conservation areas generate revenue and contribute to the economy through nature-based tourism and support neighbouring communities whose livelihoods rely on the natural resources within and around these conservation areas. The efficient, effective and sustainable management of parks conserve biodiversity and associated ecosystems and ensure the sustainable use of natural resources.
Park managers engage with park rangers, researchers, citizen groups, local communities and other stakeholders in the promotion, conservation and engagement with parks and reserves. They work between an office and the field conducting inspections of park areas.
Park managers require experience in natural resource management, conservation area planning and biodiversity stewardship and an understanding of relevant legislation, coupled with:
Direct park operations according to government regulations
Plan and oversee resource conservation services
Manage the planning, construction and maintenance of facilities
Manage administrative functions and cooperative relations with stakeholders
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Environmental Management at UFS, UJ, UNISA and UP
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Environmental Science at NMU, RU, UCT, UJ, UKZN, UMP, UP, UWC and Wits
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Biological Sciences at all universities
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Environmental Management at CPUT
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Nature Conservation at CPUT, MUT, NMU, TUT, UMP and UNISA
National, provincial and local government parks and reserves.
Public and private game reserves.