Association of protected area professionals


The International Ranger Federation (IRF) is a non-profit organization established to raise awareness of and support the critical work that the world’s park rangers do in conserving our natural and cultural heritage.

Founded in 1992, the IRF has a membership of 63 ranger associations from 46 countries, on six of the seven continents.

The role of the IRF is to empower rangers by supporting their national or state ranger organizations, or assisting in the establishment of local ranger associations in countries where they do not currently exist.

The IRF exists to:

  1. Further the professional standards of rangers throughout the world.
  2. Advance the aims of the IUCN’s World Conservation Strategy.
  3. Share knowledge and resources.
  4. Establish global communications with ranger organizations.
  5. Foster professional exchanges between rangers.
  6. Arrange regular international meetings, including a World Congress every 3 years.
  7. Undertake joint activities to directly support each other’s operations where necessary and feasible.
  8. Work with our  charity arm The Thin Green Line Foundation to train, equip and support  rangers and  widows of rangers killed in the line of duty
  9. Represent rangers interests through close co-operation with other international organisations.


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