The LEAD Ranger program is a program of excellence, delivering industry best-practice training over a multi-year period to the future leaders of conservation.
The program is a collaborative initiative of the International Anti Poaching Foundation (IAPF), the Thin Green Line Foundation, and Ranger Campus.
A LEAD Skills Coach is Ranger or Scout that has the technical and instructional competencies to teach and mentor his peers in a specific subject. This subject is established in close consultation with his/her management and head of security and is in line with local requirements. Examples of these subjects are Ranger Life Saver, Arrest & Search, Air-to-Ground Communication, and Forensic Awareness.
LEAD Skills Coaches are supported long-term with updated training aids and equipment, an extensive network of subject matter experts and an online resource base.
LEAD Rangers are junior Rangers or Scouts that go through a rigorous leadership course, designed to advise, instruct, mentor and lead the Rangers or Scouts in their protected area on resilience, law enforcement and investigations. LEAD Ranger students are selected from the Skills Coaches that have built experience training and mentoring their peers, in close consultation with their management.
LEAD Advisors are senior Rangers or Scouts that fulfil an operational management role within their protected area. This development path is designed to minimise time away from the workspace. Through themed workshops, operational and distance mentoring and e-learning we support LEAD Advisors in their daily work. Emphasis is on unit welfare and resilience, leading complex enforcement and investigative operations, and directing and coaching the LEAD Rangers and Skills Coaches within their area.