Park Ranger

State and national parks historical sites and open areas that need monitoring often have park rangers overseeing and managing the area(s). Park rangers are employed by federal state and local governmental agencies to make sure that people are using parks according to the rules. They work to protect the environment and to ensure that the risk of forest fires is kept to a minimum. They help people who are involved in any type of accident in the park they watch for dangerous wildlife and they assign campsites to park visitors. According to national parks in the United States all employ park rangers who have a variety of specific job responsibilities that can vary depending on the park the time of year and the needs of the facility at any given time. Due to the nature of their job park rangers spend a great deal of their workday outdoors. They travel through parks in vehicles and sometimes on horseback but they must also spend some of their time in an office where they complete paperwork. Sometimes park rangers are assigned to park visitor's centers where they talk with tourists about the park and provide information about the park's history terrain foliage and wildlife. They are often responsible for leading groups to various points of interest within a park and for preparing and presenting lectures to groups. The website states that park rangers must have bachelor's degrees but some have master's degrees in subjects such as park management or forestry. In addition to a formal education park rangers must be physically fit healthy have a true interest in nature and enjoy working with the public. The typical annual salary for a park ranger is between $30000 and $50000 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $40000
High Salary: $50000
Low Salary: $30000
Tasks: Implements park rules.
Educates park visitors.
Keeps parks safe for humans and animals.
Responds to park emergencies.
Also Called: Park Police
Park Manager
Forest Ranger
Park Aide
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