The International Ranger Federation membership base is made up of: 1) existing Ranger Associations, 2) Ranger Associations that are currently being formed, and 3) conservation organisations and individuals who are involved in conservation. We actively promote and support the formation of Ranger Associations around the world to ensure Rangers are more adequately supported and represented.
The International Ranger Federation (IRF) was founded on 31 July 1992 in Peak National Park in the UK. An agreement was signed between the Countryside Management Association (CMA), representing Rangers in England and Wales, the Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA) and the U.S. Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR).
The goals of the agreement were to provide a global forum for Rangers from around the world to share their successes and failures in protecting the world’s natural heritage and to promote the exchange of information and technology from countries in which protected area management enjoys broad public and government support, to countries in which it is less supported.
65 Ranger associations from national, state and territorial entities have affiliated with the IRF, as well as several Rangers from around the world, who have Provisional membership status whilst they attempt to establish Ranger associations in their countries.
IRF Executive Committee
Central America Representative
Werhner Atoche Montoya
South America Representative
North America Representative
Florin started his career as a Ranger in 2002 in Retezat National Park in Romania and has been involved with the IRF since 2004. He was elected as the Europe Regional Representative in 2006 and then following on from that, the Vice President in 2016 at the World Ranger Congress in the Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado, USA. He has been and is still very involved in the Romanian and European Ranger community, being part of organising several European Ranger seminars.
He is currently working as the Project Officer for the WWF Initiative, Life Bison Project, where European bison are being re-introduced into the Southern Carpathians to establish a free-roaming, viable population.
Hello from the wonderful state of Wyoming in the United States! I have spent the past two years as a Law Enforcement Field Ranger for the Bureau Of Land Management (BLM). I am the current incoming Treasurer to our BLM Law Enforcement Association, also the agency representative for the IRF. Prior to the BLM I have been a law enforcement park ranger for 18 years in the National Park Service (NPS). Both agencies fall under the Department of the Interior within the federal government. I have worn many hats in both agencies not limited to; search and rescue (SAR), emergency medical services, wild-land fire fighter, former operator on the NPS Intermountain Special Events Team (SET), Alaska Regional SET, and Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Parks Special Response Team (SRT).
I am very passionate about protecting our beautiful, precious, fragile and diverse lands, wildlife, and ecosystems across the country. I am very proud to be a small part of this magnificent organization and will do my very best. Thank you all for this opportunity.
Meg retired in 2011, after working for US National Parks for 34 years. Her career included positions in resources management, interpretation and law enforcement. She has been involved with IRF since the mid-1990s and has attended all eight World Ranger Congresses. She has been active in the US Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR) since 1986, including serving two terms on the board. She is currently serving as IRF Treasurer and has previously been North America Representative.
Meg lives in Tucson, Arizona in the southwestern US.
After achieving a degree in the Natural Sciences, Chris has been working in conservation for 15 years. Experiences have included reserve and wildlife management, involved in large mammal translocation, lecturing game ranch management, eco-tourism, conservation project management, developing wildlife economies (particularly within community landscapes) and working on environmental governance issues and environmental education.
Chris has been deeply involved in the prevention of rhino poaching since 2010 and is currently the coordinator of Project Rhino. He is a member of the Game Rangers Association of Africa and was Chairman of the GRAA (www.gameranger.org) serving two terms from 2012-2018. He was elected as the Africa Representative for the International Ranger Federation (IRF), in 2012 and has served on the executive since then. He is also recently become a director of the Thin Green Line Foundation (based in Australia), which is the Not-for-Profit fundraising arm of the International Ranger Federation. Currently he works for Conservation Outcomes (www.conservation-outcomes.org) which is a non-profit organisation created to provide support to land that is being developed and managed for biodiversity conservation outside of traditional state protected areas.
Rohit has been associated with the Ranger cause for the past 12 years. He has extensive experience working with and training Rangers throughout Asia. He played a pivotal role in establishing the Ranger Federation of Asia, a member of IRF that connects and supports Asian Rangers. He also works as a Wildlife Law Enforcement Specialist with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). His work takes him to remote areas in close proximity with Rangers; this has given him a great insight into the challenges Rangers face in the field and a strong desire to raise the global profile of Rangers in Asia and around the world. The IRF, along with other conservation partners and associations, shall take the Ranger cause forward.
Leonel has been a Costa Rican Park Ranger for the last 12 years. He has worked in several National Parks including Cangreja, Manuel Antonio, Tapantí, Tortuguero and La Amistad International Park.
He currently works as a Ranger for the Ministry of Environment and Energy of the Government of Costa Rica in La Cangreja National Park. Here he runs the Control and Protection Program in the park, this program also supports the research work of mammals as well as the monitoring of birds in the area.
Recently retired, Bill was the Chief Ranger for Wyoming State Parks for 19 years, with an additional 19 years of other law enforcement experience before that. He oversaw the operation of 11 state parks, 6 state historic sites, 1 state archaeological site and 1 museum with permanently assigned staff and 21 additional historic sites without permanent staff. Included in these duties were the operation, preservation and general law enforcement of these sites.
He has been involved with the U.S. Park Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) for several years, serving on the board of directors, one term as Vice President and now President.
He became involved with the IRF through the PLEA to join with other Rangers to assist and improve their ability to serve their visitors and protect the facilities, natural resources and visitors.
At the 2016 World Ranger Congress, he was elected as the North America Representative to the IRF. His vision for the IRF and Rangers is to continue to involve more Rangers in the efforts to protect the world’s cultural and natural resources for future generations. In the future, he would like to involve the wildlife enforcement officers from North America into the IRF.
Werhner Atoche Montoya
Werhner has 14 years’ experience in the protection of natural resources, biodiversity and environmental sustainability of protected areas. He’s worked in three protected areas that make up the Northwest Biosphere Reserve, namely: Cerros de Amotape National Park, Tumbes National Reserve and Angolo Game Reserve, as well as in an ecologically important wetland (Ramsar Site) in Los Manglares de Tumbes National Sanctuary. His duties have included control and surveillance, flora and fauna monitoring, tourism, interpretation of nature, combat and mitigation of forest fires, environmental education, GPS management, conflict resolution, rescue and first aid. He has actively participated in the management processes of these areas with a focus on involving the local communities which he identifies as key to sustainability and the achievement of the conservation objectives of the protected areas. He has also been heavily involved in a joint project between Peru and Ecuador, the “Promotion and Sustainable Binational Development of the Peruvian-Ecuadorian Border Mangroves”.
In 2013, he was chosen by the head of Cerros de Amotape National Park and his colleagues as the best employee of the park, he was awarded a prize and diploma by the National Service of Natural Protected Areas by the State (SERNANP).
Peter has been working as a Ranger at the Phillip Island Nature Park, Victoria, Australia for over 20 years. His duties include habitat preservation, pest plant and feral animal control, wildlife rehabilitation, wildfire management and park supervision focusing on interpretation and enforcement. He is also a trained tree climber, tree feller, first aider, penguin feeder and counter and koala catcher.
He joined the IRF in 2003 at the Wilsons Promontory Ranger Congress in Australia, to broaden his horizons with respect to park management. It gave him the opportunity to see greater effectiveness and efficiencies in other styles of protected area management across the world. The ensuing opportunities have been incredible and the friendships made, enduring.
He sees the IRF in the future as a great professional resource for new and existing members, as skills are shared to create greater conservation outcomes. Supporting Rangers in their role and ensuring their value is recognised by their agencies is paramount and is great for one’s emotional health; he enjoys having this level of expertise to draw on within reach.