Kenya wildlife service to recruit 500 rangers

by Jan 17, 2011Wildlife News

The exercise which runs from January 17 to 29, 2011 starts at 8am in City Stadium in the Nairobi County and the same time at Narok Stadium in the Narok County. It ends on January 29, 2011 in Turkana, Marsabit and Kajiado counties.

At 2pm, the recruitment teams will be at Kiambu County’s Kirigiti Stadium and in Bomet County’s Bomet Stadium.

The rest of the details on the specific recruitment requirements, dates, time and county venues have been displayed on public notice boards in all county headquarters, KWS parks and reserves and stations across the country.

To ensure transparency and fairness in recruitment, KWS has invited the public, government agencies and non governmental organisations to witness the exercise.

The recruits will undergo an intensive six-month paramilitary training at the KWS Field Training School — Manyani before posting to the field for park and security operations.

The curriculum at Manyani has been reviewed and broadened in response to emerging challenges of conservation in the 21st Century.

The training aims to prepare the rangers for the challenges ahead by inculcating values of commitment to duty, courage and honesty besides routine skills. The training is part of reform efforts driving the ongoing force modernisation programme, especially the use of modern technology in wildlife law enforcement and management.

The rangers will also be taken through provisions of the new Constitution as it relates to wildlife conservation and Bill of Rights.

Manyani Field Training School has also been upgraded in line with plans to make it a regional centre of excellence in wildlife law enforcement training. This has seen heavy investment in infrastructure especially training facilities and housing.

The last recruitment for 400 rangers was conducted four years ago in December 2006. The group graduated in July 2007. This year’s recruitment is meant to address staffing shortfall arising from retirement and natural attrition to deal with emerging challenges in human wildlife conflict, poaching and trafficking in wildlife products.

Kenya Wildlife Service has achieved much in discharging its mandate of conservation, protection and management of wildlife throughout the country. However, human wildlife conflict, destruction of habitat and poaching are some of the major challenges facing KWS operations. Some of these problems have been caused by changes in land use patterns, demand for illegal wildlife products and adverse effects of climate change.

KWS has declared 2011 a year for communities to underscore their importance as partners in conservation. The organisation will set aside funds for community projects and has set up an Enterprise Department to support wildlife-based community business venture