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
Director & Corporate Secretary
Linda has been Director of Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in England since 2000. The AONB is a nationally designated landscape and an IUCN Cat V Protected Area.
She has been a ranger in the field of countryside management for nearly 40 years across the UK before becoming a Head Ranger in 1988. Linda has hands-on experience of practical countryside management skills such as habitat management, Rights of Way/access work, visitor services, interpretation and environmental education in Protected Areas. She has an MSc in Countryside Management.
A member of the Countryside Management Association (CMA) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland since 1980, she was Membership Secretary, then Chairman since 2016. Since visiting DR Congo in 2000 with Gordon Miller, she has run a UK charity ‘Gearing Up 4 Gorillas’ (G4G), assisting rangers in that country.
Andrew (Andy) has been volunteering and employed in protected area management in Australia for over 28 years, and is currently the District Manager South Gippsland with Parks Victoria. Andrew has an Associate Degree of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) as well as a number of other relevant qualifications. In his current role, Andy leads a team of over 100 in areas such as marine park management, visitor experience and commercial tourism, pest plant and animal control and fire management
For the past 18 years, Andy has been in management and leadership roles in Victoria, the Northern Territory and Queensland, at iconic and World Heritage National Parks such as Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from Cairns, Wilsons Promontory National and Marine Parks in Victoria and the Savannah/Gulf Region around Katherine (NT). Andy has extensive experience in a wide range of strategic and operational protected area management programs such as Indigenous joint management, leadership and coaching, stakeholder engagement, tourism and revenue development, and marine park management.
Andy is currently the President of the Association of Rangers and Conservationists (Victoria) and has previously been the Chairperson of the Northern Territory Ranger Association. He has attended the 8th World Ranger Congress at Estes Park Colorado and more recently the 9th World Ranger Congress in Chitwan National Park Nepal, and has played an active role on the IRF Election Committee at both congresses. Andy is also a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.
Andy has been committed to the promotion of rangers and protected area practitioners for many years, and strongly supports the professional development of rangers through the IRF and local Ranger Associations.
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.
Mike Lynch is currently President of the California State Park Rangers Association (CSPRA). He worked at California State Parks from 1972 to 2015 as a state park ranger, supervisor and superintendent. Mike served two years as the statewide co-chair of the California State Parks 150th Anniversary, celebrated in 2014. Earlier, Mike was the founder and first president (1979- 1987) of the first state park ranger labor group. He has also served in a variety of positions in the International Police Association (the largest police organization in the world), including United States IPA National President from 1999-2006. Mike has been the CSPRA Representative to the International Ranger Federation since 1984. He has authored or coauthored eight books, including two books on the history of California State Park Rangers. Currently Mike serves as a publicly elected member on the Board of the Auburn Area Recreation and Park District, on the Placer County Historical Advisory Board and as a Commissioner on the Placer County Local Area Formation Commission.
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).
From an early age, I was keen to do something worthwhile with my life, with a strong desire to protect nature. For the last 23 years I have worked as a ranger with Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), the last two years as Chair of the Queensland Ranger Association (QRA) and was recently voted in as the Oceania representative for the International Ranger Federation.
I have helped develop ranger associations throughout the Oceania region uniting those working on the ground undertaking community-based conservation. I have developed strategic plans and facilitated the sharing of knowledge and skills between Oceania rangers through the ‘Rangers Training Rangers’ program.