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Park Naturalists

Also called: Environmental Education Specialist, Naturalist, Park Naturalist, Park Ranger

What they do:
Plan, develop, and conduct programs to inform public of historical, natural, and scientific features of national, state, or local park.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


  • customer service
  • administrative services
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
  • history and archeology
  • English language
Math and Science
  • geography


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • reading work related information
  • understanding people's reactions
  • teaching people how to do something
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Hearing and Speech
  • speak clearly
  • recognize spoken words
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • GroupWise
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Document management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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