KWS director William Kiprono said the move is aimed at boosting capacity to deal with the criminals, who threaten to drive various prized species of wild animals to extinction.
"We only have 2,700 rangers covering the entire country. The most affected wildlife is the rhinos although the elephants are also victims. We have put down measure to boost the number of rangers in the hot spot areas," he said.
Speaking during a stakeholders' forum dubbed "KWS superannuation scheme and staff retirement benefits scheme 2006" in Nakuru on Sunday, Kiprono said the recruitment will follow procedures of transparency.
"We are bringing on board young and vibrant members. 30 per cent of them will be drawn from the National Youth Service while the rest will be sourced from other disciplines," he said.
Kiprono said KWS intends to do an audit of the personnel, their duties and performances. "We do not want joy-riders," he said. Kiprono said KWS aims at maintaining active members, who will help fight poaching.