Kenya Wildlife Service exposes fraudsters issuing fake letters in ranger’s recruitment

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has issued a stern caution to the public regarding fraudulent activities surrounding the distribution of fake recruitment letters. This advisory arises in the context of the ongoing recruitment drive aiming to enlist 1,350 rangers nationwide.

Through social media channels, KWS revealed a sample of a counterfeit calling letter received by an unsuspecting individual from Bomet County. The agency emphasizes the prevalence of such deceptive tactics and urges citizens to remain vigilant, promptly reporting any suspicious activities to the nearest KWS or police station.

Emphasizing the integrity of its recruitment process, KWS underscores that participation in the selection procedure is devoid of any charges and is conducted with utmost transparency. The recruitment of rangers commenced on April 15, 2024, spanning all 47 counties. Prospective candidates must fall within the age bracket of 18-26 years and hold a minimum KCSE grade of D.

Individuals interested in joining the service must complete a designated form provided by KWS, accompanied by copies of relevant academic certificates and identification for verification purposes. Shortlisted candidates will undergo a rigorous six-month paramilitary training before being assigned to various KWS stations nationwide.

Additionally, KWS plans to enlist 350 cadets, with the deadline for form submission closing on April 8, 2024. Applicants in this category are required to possess a second-class honors degree in disciplines such as wildlife management, natural resources management, environmental science, among others. Eligibility criteria stipulate a minimum age of 28 years with a clean legal record.

Successful candidates will undergo a nine-month cadet training program before deployment. KWS assures the public that the announcement of successful applicants will be made through official channels, including public notices in local newspapers, ensuring transparency throughout the selection process.