Ranger awards

The Northern Territory (NT) Government celebrates the dedicated effort and outstanding achievements of all rangers across the Territory through the annual NT Ranger Awards.
 
Throughout the Territory there are over 600 rangers working in a diverse range of roles within protected areas and  Aboriginal Land Trusts.
 
Rangers are entrusted with a broad set of responsibilities including: 

  • protecting natural areas through fire, weed and feral animal management
  • managing visitor facilities, services, safety and security
  • managing cultural heritage sites and providing environmental and heritage education.

The NT Ranger Awards recognise the significant contribution and commitment rangers make in managing the natural and cultural assets of the Territory. 

The awards aim to promote excellence, celebrating both individuals and teams.

NT Ranger Awards announced

The 2016 winners are:

NT Ranger Award for Outstanding Environmental Achievement: Integrated Feral Team, Kakadu National Park

NT Ranger Award for Commitment to Partnerships and Diversity: Gulf Team for the Aboriginal Rock Art site protection project in Limmen National Park

NT Ranger Award for Outstanding Team Effort: Warddeken Rangers

NT Ranger Award for Innovation in Protected Areas Management: The team who developed the Garig Gunak Barlu Integrated Conservation Strategy

NT Ranger Award for Leadership in Protected Areas Management: Ms Josephine Grant, Ranger Support Officer North, CLC

The awards celebrate the professional commitment of all staff working in protected areas management – and includes outstanding environmental achievements, innovation in planning and carrying out work, leadership, on-ground efforts, and commitment to working with partners and stakeholders to achieve outcomes.

Nomination criteria

To be nominated, you should show outstanding qualities in your chosen area of practice and commitment to the management of protected areas.

The selection panel will be looking for specific qualities including:

  • respect
  • accountability
  • diversity
  • innovation
  • integrity
  • inclusivity.

For more information about the selection criteria and process, read the question and answer sheet (129.5 kb).

Decisions made by the selection panel and the Minister for Parks and Wildlife are final.

Conditions of nomination

The awards are open to any individual working in protected areas management in the NT. This includes apprentices trainees, school based apprentices and those working on country. 

Nominees must work in land and sea management including government and non-government managed protected areas, Aboriginal Land Trusts and other areas managed primarily for natural and cultural resource management outcomes.

Anyone can nominate – we welcome nominations from any member of the community. 

The panel may contact referees and those who have submitted a nomination to get more information about the individual or team that has been nominated. 

All nominations will be assessed by a selection panel. Assessments and recommendations made by the selection panel will be forwarded to the Minister for Parks and Wildlife for final decision.

Nominations have closed for 2016 and will reopen in 2017.

Conditions of acceptance

Nominations can be accepted all year round.

If you are a finalist, you may need to speak with the media and/or other groups about your nomination.

More information

For more information, phone (08) 8999 4555 or email ntrangerawards@nt.gov.au

The Northern Territory (NT) Ranger Awards recognise the  significant contribution and commitment rangers make in managing the natural and cultural assets of the NT. 

The awards aim to promote excellence, celebrating both individuals and teams.

Past Award Winners

NT Ranger Awards 2015

The 2015 award winners were:

  • Mr David McLachlan - Ranger of the Year - Top End
  • Mrs Christine Michaels-Ellis - Ranger of the Year - Barkly, Katherine and Victoria River District
  • Mr Peter Beddows - Ranger of the Year - Central Australia
  • Mr Daniel McCormack - Development and Training Award
  • Alice Springs Telegraph Station rangers - Minister's Encouragement Award
  • Mrs Christine Michaels-Ellis - Minister's Award for Outstanding Frontline Achievement
  • Mr Shaun Evans - Minister's Award for Outstanding Personal Achievement
  • The Wildlife Operations Team Darwin - Minister's Award for Outstanding Team Achievement

NT Ranger Awards 2014

The 2014 NT Ranger Awards was a huge success, with over 50 nominations received for rangers all over the NT.

These awards recognise the hard work, dedication and amazing efforts of rangers in managing some of the most important landscapes and ecosystems in the NT.

In 2014 the following rangers were recognised for their achievements:

  • Andrew Cooper - Development and Training Award
  • Watarrka National Park Rangers - Minister's Award for Outstanding Team Achievement
  • Tom Nichols - Minister's Award for Outstanding Personal Achievement
  • Bill Fordham - Ranger of the Year in the Arnhem Region
  • Tim Leane - Ranger of the Year in the Barkly, Katherine and Victoria River District
  • Craig LeRossignol - Ranger of the Year in Central Australia
  • Sally Heaton - Ranger of the Year in the Top End Region

NT Ranger Awards 2012

Congratulations to the following award recipients of the NT Ranger Awards 2012 for their outstanding effort and commitment to our natural and cultural assets in the Territory:

  • Justin Paech - Development and Training Award  
  • Phil Cowan - Minister's Award  for Outstanding Personal Achievement    
  • Crocodile Islands Rangers - Minister's Award for Outstanding Team Achievement    
  • Damien Clayton - Ranger of the Year - Arnhem    
  • Andrew Peckham - Ranger of the Year - Barkly-Katherine-Victoria River District    
  • Shannon Lander - Ranger of the Year - Central Australia      
  • Lincoln Wilson - Ranger of the Year - Top End      
  • Lincoln Wilson - Ranger of the Year 2012

Last updated: 08 July 2016