Tshering Dorji

Sr.Forest Ranger, Divisional Forest Office, Trashigang, Eastern Bhutan

How long have been in the job?

I joined the civil service in 2005 as a Forest Ranger-II in Bumthang District, central Bhutan.

What is your background?

I graduated from Natural Resource Training Institute (NRTI), currently renamed as the College of Natural Resources (CNR) with a Diploma in Forestry on 1st July 2005 and I have also completed BSC in forestry in 2015 from the same college.   I have been working since 2005 as a forest ranger for conserving and protecting the natural environment from illegal loggers, educating the general public on the importance of natural resources.  I have been working as a forest ranger for the last 17 years and 6 six months.

What are your main duties?

The main duties of a ranger are protecting and conserving forest resources and wildlife species from illegal logging of timbers and poaching of wildlife. I also educate the farmers at the grassroots level about the importance of forest fire, conserving watersheds, and wildlife conservation.

What is your favourite part of the job?

Wildlife conservation and bird watching besides other activities.

What is the most craziest, most dangerous or funniest thing that has happened to you at work?

The most dangerous thing that happened was during wildlife patrolling and encountering the biggest mammal on the elephant. The lone elephant attacked us and I jumped into a fast-flowing river and washed away about fifty meters down the river and ultimately escaped from the elephant.

Most memorable moment?

An elephants attacked and washed by the river were an unforgettable moment in my life.

Why is the job important to you?

My job is very important to me as well as to the country. I got opportunities to protect the natural environment and keep our country carbon negative.