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Park Naturalists

Also called: Environmental Education Specialist, Park Interpretive Specialist, 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:
  • Provide visitor services, such as explaining regulations, answering visitor requests, needs and complaints, and providing information about the park and surrounding areas.
  • 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.


  • customer service
  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • history and archeology
Math and Science
  • biology
  • geography
  • multimedia


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Hearing and Speech
  • recognize spoken words
  • speak clearly


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • GroupWise
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Point of sale POS software
  • Point of sale POS software programs


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

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