Park Naturalists

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Naturalist, Park Guide, 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.
  • Assist with operations of general facilities, such as visitor centers.
  • Confer with park staff to determine subjects and schedules for park programs.



  • customer service

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design

Arts and Humanities

  • English language
  • history and archeology

Math and Science

  • biology


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

  • use rules to solve problems
  • notice when problems happen

Hearing and Speech

  • speak clearly
  • recognize spoken words


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Social Orientation


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software

  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology


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

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