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Park Ranger

Overview and Key Facts

park ranger and tourist
Education
Education
Bachelor's degree
Median Pay
Median Pay
$63,750
Job Growth
Job Growth
3.00%
(US Average)
Jobs in 2031
Jobs in 2031
25,300

What Do They Do?

A park ranger could...

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Park rangers are the law enforcement officials of our state and national parks. They protect and preserve parklands, keeping park resources safe from people who might try to damage them, deliberately or through neglect, and keeping people safe from dangers within the park. To achieve this goal, park rangers work in a wide variety of positions, including education and interpretation for park visitors, emergency dispatch, firefighting, maintenance, law enforcement, search and rescue, and administration. There is a large global shortage of park rangers in developing countries.
In this video, you will see how urban park ranger Sarah Aucoin tries to educate people in New York City about nature, and give them a sense of connection to their environment.

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Core Tasks

Think about if you'd like the typical tasks a Park Ranger might do:
  • Conduct field trips to point out scientific, historic, and natural features of parks, forests, historic sites, or other attractions.
  • Prepare and present illustrated lectures and interpretive talks about park features.
  • Plan and organize public events at the park.
  • Provide visitor services, such as explaining regulations, answering visitor requests, needs and complaints, and providing information about the park and surrounding areas.
  • Develop environmental educational programs and curricula for schools.
  • Research stories regarding the area's natural history or environment.
  • Perform emergency duties to protect human life, government property, and natural features of park.
  • Confer with park staff to determine subjects and schedules for park programs.
  • Assist with operations of general facilities, such as visitor centers.
  • Plan and develop audio-visual devices for public programs.
  • Construct historical, scientific, and nature visitor-center displays.
  • Prepare brochures and write newspaper articles.
  • Compile and maintain official park photographic and information files.
  • Take photographs and motion pictures for use in lectures and publications and to develop displays.
  • Interview specialists in desired fields to obtain and develop data for park information programs.

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