Association of Rangers and Conservationists Victoria
Andrew (Andy) has been volunteering and employed in protected area management in Australia since the early 90’s, and is currently the District Manager South Gippsland with Parks Victoria. Andy 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 in areas such as marine park management, visitor experience and commercial tourism, pest plant and animal control and fire management
For over 20 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 has been the President of the Association of Rangers and Conservationists (Victoria) and the Chairperson of the Northern Territory Ranger Association, and has been a member of Ranger associations for most of his career. 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.