The DEC (CALM) Bush Ranger Program is a voluntary program for young Western Australians. It is part of a broader program known as Cadets WA, which aims to give all secondary school aged youth the opportunity to participate in personal development training that provides practical life skills, develops leadership, teamwork and initiative skills, and fosters qualities of community responsibility and service.

DEC Bush Rangers have the opportunity to:

  • Contribute to nature conservation, develop first-aid, bushcraft, survival and navigation skills
  • Learn about managing parks, State forest and other special places
  • Help save threatened plant and animal species and their habitats
  • Develop personal leadership skills
  • Learn about the sometimes complex issues of land and environmental management

The cadet unit often works with the local DEC rangers. Contributions include:

  • Tree planting – Chinaman’s Beach, Jacques Point , the Kalbarri National Park
  • Helping to construct and maintain the coastal walk trail from Eagle Gorge to Natural Bridge
  • Assisting local DEC rangers with DEC’s Western Shield project – the trapping and monitoring of native animals
  • Being involved in Clean Up Australia Day
  • ANZAC Day services
  • Completing Royal Life Saving Swim and Survive courses

For more information about Bush Rangers’ and initiatives, visit www.dec.wa.gov.au/bushrangers.