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Kenya Wildlife Service completes recruitment of 500 rangers

Date Published: 02 Feb, 2011
Kenya Wildlife Service completes recruitment of 500 rangers

Height was a crucial factor in all the counties during the recently concluded KWS Ranger recruitment exercise.

The nationwide recruitment of 500 Kenya Wildlife Service rangers for the last two weeks has been successfully completed. The exercise, which started on 17 January, ended on 29 January, 2011 in Turkana, Marsabit and Kajiado counties. The recruits will report to the KWS Field Training School as specified in their calling letters where they will undergo an intensive six-month paramilitary training before posting to the field for park and security operations.
 
Recruits with fraudulent letters not issued by designated KWS officers at the official county recruitment centres risk arrest and subsequent prosecution if they present them at the Training School in Manyani.
 
To ensure transparency and fairness in recruitment, KWS invited members of the public, select government agencies and non-governmental organisations to witness the exercise.
 
The curriculum at Manyani has been reviewed and broadened in response to emerging challenges of conservation in the 21st Century. Besides routine skills, the training aims to prepare the rangers for the challenges ahead by inculcating values of commitment to duty, courage and honesty. The training is part of the reform efforts driving the ongoing KWS force modernisation programme, especially the use of modern technology in wildlife law enforcement and management.  On graduation, the rangers will be expected to deal with emerging challenges in human wildlife conflict, poaching and trafficking in wildlife products. They will also be taken through provisions of the new Constitution as it relates to wildlife conservation and Bill of Rights.
 
The last recruitment for 400 rangers was conducted in December 2006. This year’s recruitment is meant to address staffing shortfall arising from retirement and natural attrition.
 
Manyani Field Training School has also been upgraded in line with plans to make it a regional centre of excellence in wildlife law enforcement training. This has seen heavy investment in infrastructure especially training facilities and housing.
 
Kenya Wildlife Service has achieved much in discharging its mandate of conservation, protection and management of wildlife throughout the country. However, human wildlife conflict, destruction of habitat and poaching still remain some of the main challenges facing KWS operations. Some of these problems have been caused by changes in land use patterns, demand for illegal wildlife products and adverse effects of climate change.
 
KWS has declared 2011 the year for communities, to underscore their importance as partners in conservation. The organisation has set aside funds for community projects and has set up a Community Enterprise Department to support wildlife-based community business ventures.

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