Careers in Conservation

EPISODE ONE: Sherpherd Maunye

Field Ranger

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Careers in Conservation

EPISODE ONE: Sherpherd Maunye

Field Ranger

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Careers in Conservation: Video Series Presented by the Global Conservation Corps

CAREERS IN CONSERVATION

Sherpherd Maunye – Field Ranger

Careers in Conservation Episode One: Sherpherd Maunye

Background: Sherpherd Maunye was born on a portion of land now demarcated to Manyeleti Game Reserve, which borders the Kruger National Park, called Doba village. Currently, he lives in Phungwe village, bordering the Manyeleti game reserve. He was raised by both parents with the help of his grandparents. During his upbringing, he spent a lot of time with his grandparents who told him about their experiences with wildlife before the erection of the Kruger National Park boundary fence. This bore interest and love to care for wildlife, realising their importance in the environment and how much they should be appreciated.

During his high school years, field ranger training was conducted in the bordering Manyeleti game reserve. Living near the training center, he took it to himself to find out more about the training from the instructors conducting the training. This early exposure to a career as a field ranger sparked a lifelong passion in Sherpherd.

Careers in Conservation: Video Series Presented by the Global Conservation Corps

CAREERS IN CONSERVATION

Sherpherd Maunye – Field Ranger

Careers in Conservation Episode One: Shepard Munyane

Background: Sherpherd Maunye was born on a portion of land now demarcated to Manyeleti Game Reserve, which borders the Kruger National Park, called Doba village. Currently, he lives in Phungwe village, bordering the Manyeleti game reserve. He was raised by both parents with the help of his grandparents. During his upbringing, he spent a lot of time with his grandparents who told him about their experiences with wildlife before the erection of the Kruger National Park boundary fence. This bore interest and love to care for wildlife, realising their importance in the environment and how much they should be appreciated.

During his high school years, field ranger training was conducted in the bordering Manyeleti game reserve. Living near the training center, he took it to himself to find out more about the training from the instructors conducting the training. This early exposure to a career as a field ranger sparked a lifelong passion in Sherpherd.

Behind the Scenes: Sherpherd on the Job

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications

  • Grade 12 or NQF equivalent
  • Armed field ranger certificate NQF2 
  • Driver’s License (Most preferably code 10)
  • Proficiency Fire-arm certificate
  • Military experience is an added advantage

Qualities and attributes

  • Physical and mental fitness
  • No Criminal record
  • Ability to work under unfavorable conditions
  • Willingness to relocate
  • Willingness to work long hours
  • Trustworthiness 
  • Discipline

CAREER PATH

Sherpherd Maunye – Field Ranger

Careers in Conservation Episode One: Shepard Munyane

Post matric, Sherpherd applied for a conservation guardianship learnership, offered by Mpumalanga parks in collaboration with the Southern African Wildlife College. The course was designed to cover different aspects on the management of conservation areas including Field Ranging. As a requirement into the learnership, they had to go through a physical and mental selection test. It was his resilience and courage that kept him going for the year duration of the course, from which he emerged victorious.

Upon completion of the course, he was rated one of the best 5 candidates and was selected to be trained as a field ranger instructor. This was a great milestone for him and his career as a conservation guardian as it fed into his childhood dream to care for nature. He served as a field ranger trainer at the Southern African Wildlife College for 4 years.

Later on in his career, Sherpherd longed to get out into the field, rather than just training rangers within the training base. Fortunately, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve had vacant posts for field rangers at the time he was looking to make a change and was immediately absorbed into the team. Currently, Sherpherd feels that he is living his dream, waking up every morning, patrolling near the fence line, looking out for suspicious activities and ensuring the overall protection of the wildlife and the environment of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.

CAREER PATH

Sherpherd Maunye – Field Ranger

Careers in Conservation Episode One: Sherpherd Maunye

Post matric, Sherpherd applied for a conservation guardianship learnership, offered by Mpumalanga parks in collaboration with the Southern African Wildlife College. The course was designed to cover different aspects on the management of conservation areas including Field Ranging. As a requirement into the learnership, they had to go through a physical and mental selection test. It was his resilience and courage that kept him going for the year duration of the course, from which he emerged victorious.

Upon completion of the course, he was rated one of the best 5 candidates and was selected to be trained as a field ranger instructor. This was a great milestone for him and his career as a conservation guardian as it fed into his childhood dream to care for nature. He served as a field ranger trainer at the Southern African Wildlife College for 4 years.

Later on in his career, Sherpherd longed to get out into the field, rather than just training rangers within the training base. Fortunately, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve had vacant posts for field rangers at the time he was looking to make a change and was immediately absorbed into the team. Currently, Sherpherd feels that he is living his dream, waking up every morning, patrolling near the fence line, looking out for suspicious activities and ensuring the overall protection of the wildlife and the environment of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications

  • Grade 12 or NQF equivalent
  • Armed field ranger certificate NQF2 
  • Driver’s License (Most preferably code 10)
  • Proficiency Fire-arm certificate
  • Military experience is an added advantage

Qualities and attributes

  • Physical and mental fitness
  • No Criminal record
  • Ability to work under unfavorable conditions
  • Willingness to relocate
  • Willingness to work long hours
  • Trustworthiness 
  • Discipline

“Be disciplined and focused in order to achieve your dreams.”