Becoming a game ranger is ideal for those wanting to pursue a conservation related career, but it does require quite a versatile skill set. Being a ranger does project the facade of being quite a glamorous career. After all, you spend your time socialising, driving rugged outdoor vehicles and tracking wildlife in pristine reserves. Do not be deceived – this is only a small part of what a game ranger does on a day-to-day basis. When we’re relaxing in our four-poster beds, rangers are up at 3:00 am prepping the Land Rovers and stocking the cooler box. The hard work is rewarding but, like the majority of jobs, it’s no picnic. The key ingredient to becoming a ranger is passion. You need to be passionate about people, the environment and about wildlife.