Core roles of a Ranger

The Rangers in Scotland statement (SNH 2008) provides the following Vision for Rangers:

‘Scotland’s Rangers connect people with places. They provide an innovative, inspirational and professional service, committed to enhancing public enjoyment, understanding and care of the outdoors, focused on maintaining the quality and relevance of their work and recognised, valued and supported by their employers, other related professions and the public’.

To deliver this Vision, the statement states that Ranger services should work to the following 3 Aims:

1. To ensure a warm welcome and provide support to help people enjoy the outdoors;

2. To increase awareness, understanding, care and responsible use of the natural and cultural heritage; and

3. To support the sustainable management and use of the outdoors to meet a combination of social, economic and environmental objectives.

These aims form the foundation from which the work of Ranger Services in Scotland can be derived and on which SNH’s national reporting of the benefits of Rangers and their achievements are based.

Rangers promote the enjoyment, understanding and care of Scotland’s outdoors through the following key Roles:

The first-hand provision of information

  • Through supporting public education, awareness and participation associated with biodiversity
  • Through providing information to all ages and abilities on opportunities to participate in the outdoors
  • Through provision of information on land management activities

The provision of advice and activities

  • Through the provision of formal and informal environmental education activities
  • Through provision of advice to land managers on Government policies
  • Through provision of opportunities for people to engage in physical activity in the outdoors
  • Through providing opportunities for communities to engage in caring for the natural and cultural heritage
  • Through engaging in facilitation, conflict resolution and problem solving

The provision of interpretation

  • Through the provision of guided walks and talks about the natural and cultural heritage
  • Through the provision of interpretive material to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural and cultural heritage

The management of sites and facilities

  • Through working to ensure protected area objectives are integrated with other land management operations
  • Through ensuring good quality management of sites and facilities enjoyed by visitors
  • Through providing a welcoming, reassuring and visible presence
  • Through the planning, monitoring, and management of sites and facilities
  • Through responding appropriately to emergencies and incidents

Seeking to secure responsible behaviour

  • Through promotion of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and advising land managers and access takers on the Codes interpretation
  • Through promoting and understanding of the Code and peoples responsibilities
  • Through enforcing existing legislation appropriately; while exercising personal safety and protection of others





Note that Rangers will deliver on all the above Roles to a greater or lesser degree, the balance will vary depending on the area of operation and/or employer.