- The eyes of TIDE:
Rangers must have excellent navigation, bush craft and survival skills to keep themselves and others safe in the forest. Rangers understand the balance present within an ecosystem; they track changes to the environment and this helps TIDE respond rapidly to potential threats.
- The muscles of TIDE:
Terrestrial rangers are mentally and physically fit. They have to walk for hours on patrols, move heavy objects, but they must also be mentally strong and alert when tracking animals.
- The teeth of TIDE:
One part of a ranger’s job is law enforcement. Mostly enforcement involves educating users how best to use resources in a sustainable manner, but when necessary all of our rangers have the power of arrest.
- The legs of TIDE:
A good ranger must have fast reactions. Be it an arrest in the field, administering first aid or the recording of an animal’s activity during research and monitoring. The speed of their actions could mean the difference between life and death.
- The hands of TIDE:
Rangers use cars, boats, motorcycles, lawnmowers and other mechanical equipment, so it is essential they know how to drive, maintain and fix these vehicles.
- The voice of TIDE:
Education and outreach are daily parts of a ranger’s work as they encourage visitors to carry out good conservation practices. Rangers must learn to carry out presentations confidently, know their audience and be knowledgeable about their protected areas.
- The strength of TIDE:
A ranger must work in bad weather conditions and cannot give up when their role becomes physically and mentally challenging. Because of this, rangers tend to be flexible and dynamic people.
- The ears of TIDE:
Rangers listen to the opinions of local communities and communicate with managers and try to amend any problems arising. They must work as part of a larger team to ensure everything is running smoothly in the organisation and the surrounding area.
- The family of TIDE:
Although rangers are part of a large TIDE family, they look forward to going back to their own families after 2 weeks in the field. They rely on their families and TIDE to be both supportive and encouraging of their careers.
- The heart of TIDE:
A ranger must love what they do. Rangers are selfless givers; they contribute their skills to conserve ecosystems for a better future. A ranger’s work can be dangerous and challenging but each one remains focused and embraces new members to follow the tradition. TIDE terrestrial rangers are committed stewards, both in and out of their working environments.
Rangers must carry out presentations confidently, know their audience and be knowledgeable about their protected areas.