Kenya Wildlife Service Rangers Recruitment Requirements

This article focuses on the requirements for recruitment as Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers. Kenya Wildlife Service is a state corporation whose responsibility is to manage and conserve wildlife in Kenya as provided for under the Wildlife Conservation & Management Act, 2013.

The service operates in harsh, remote and hostile climatic environments. It recruits men and women who can endure the conditions for training and development in various conservative areas as rangers in response to the wildlife security challenges being experienced in the country.

Successful candidates undergo mandatory basic intensive paramilitary training at the KWS Law Enforcement Academy in Manyani before posting to the field for park and security operations.

The recruitment exercise is conducted based on a representation of the 47 counties in Kenya. The number of candidates to be recruited from each county is openly announced by KWS before the recruitment exercise kicks off.

Recruitment dates and centres are usually announced by KWS. Interested candidates who meet the following requirements are requested to present themselves at the recruitment centres.

Kenya Wildlife Service Rangers Recruitment Requirements

  • Must be a Kenyan citizen.
  • Must hail from within the country of recruitment.
  • Must be aged between 18-25 years.
  • Maximum KCSE mean grade of D+.
  • Be physically fit.
  • Must have no criminal record.
  • Must have a clearance certificate from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation.
  • Candidates must be in possession of original certificates and a National Identification Card.
  • Candidates must turn up in appropriate running gear.


The recruitment exercise is only conducted by a team of officers appointed by the KWS Director General in designated recruitment centres. It is conducted in a transparent and fair manner in all 47 counties free of charge.

Any person who presents fake or falsified academic documents, National Identity Card or caught engaging in any corrupt activity shall be dealt with as per the law. Any form of canvassing will also lead to automatic disqualification.

Kenya Wildlife Service Contacts

Phone: 0800 597 000, 020 2379407


Headquarters: Langata Road, Nairobi.

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