Park Naturalists

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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:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Electronic mail software

  • MicroFocus GroupWise
  • Microsoft Outlook


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

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