Range Managers
SOC: 19-1031.02


Research or study range land management practices to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
21,100 employed

Projected (2024):
22,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Aquatic Habitat Biologist
  • Conservationist
  • Department of Natural Resources Officer (DNR Officer)
  • Division Order Technician
  • Forestry and Wildlife Manager
  • Grassland Conservationist
  • Habitat Biologist
  • Habitat Management Coordinator
  • Land Management Supervisor
  • Lands Resource Manager
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Natural Resource Specialist
  • Plant Ecologist
  • Range Conservationist
  • Range Ecologist
  • Range Scientist
  • Range Technician
  • Rangeland Management Specialist
  • Real Estate Management Specialist
  • Refuge Manager
  • Resource Manager
  • Territory Manager
  • Uplands Division Director
  • Wildlife Conservationist
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Wildlife Refuge Manager
  • Wildlife Refuge Specialist

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Regulate grazing, and help ranchers plan and organize grazing systems in order to manage, improve and protect rangelands and maximize their use.
  • Measure and assess vegetation resources for biological assessment companies, environmental impact statements, and rangeland monitoring programs.
  • Maintain soil stability and vegetation for non-grazing uses, such as wildlife habitats and outdoor recreation.
  • Mediate agreements among rangeland users and preservationists as to appropriate land use and management.
  • Manage forage resources through fire, herbicide use, or revegetation to maintain a sustainable yield from the land.
  • Study rangeland management practices and research range problems to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.
  • Offer advice to rangeland users on water management, forage production methods, and control of brush.
  • Plan and direct construction and maintenance of range improvements such as fencing, corrals, stock-watering reservoirs and soil-erosion control structures.
  • Tailor conservation plans to landowners' goals, such as livestock support, wildlife, or recreation.
  • Develop technical standards and specifications used to manage, protect and improve the natural resources of range lands and related grazing lands.
  • Study grazing patterns to determine number and kind of livestock that can be most profitably grazed and to determine the best grazing seasons.
  • Plan and implement revegetation of disturbed sites.
  • Study forage plants and their growth requirements to determine varieties best suited to particular range.
  • Develop methods for protecting range from fire and rodent damage and for controlling poisonous plants.
  • Manage private livestock operations.
  • Develop new and improved instruments and techniques for activities such as range reseeding.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Compact digital cameras
  • Desktop computers
  • Double-ring infiltrometers
  • Global positioning system GPS devices
  • Gram scales
  • Hand sieves
  • Impact penetrometers
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser plumb bobs
  • Measuring tapes
  • Personal computers
  • Plant canopy analyzers
  • Portable dataloggers
  • Quadrat frames
  • Robel poles
  • Single-ring infiltrometers
  • Soil sampling scoops
  • Stereoscopes
  • Strain gauges
  • Tablet computers
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Aquatic Plant Information Retrieval System APIRS
  • Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment AGWA
  • BehavePlus
  • Clark Labs IDRISI Selva
  • CorridorDesigner
  • Data mining software
  • Database for Inventory, Monitoring and Assessment DIMA
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESSA Technologies Path Landscape Model
  • ESSA TechnologiesTool for Exploratory Landscape Scenario Analyses TELSA
  • FEAT/Firemon integrated FFI
  • Fire Spread Probability FSPro
  • FlamMap
  • Fuel Characteristic Classification System FCCS
  • Geographic resources analysis support system GRASS software
  • GNU Image Manipulation Program GIMP
  • Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Resources Conservation Service Ecological Site Information System ESIS
  • National Resources Conservation Service Grazing Spatial Analysis Tool
  • National Resources Conservation Service Web Soil Survey WSS
  • Oracle Java
  • Parbat
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Python
  • R
  • RSAC Riparian Mapping Tool
  • SAS software
  • Satellite image databases
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • The Nature Conservancy Weed Information Management System WIMS
  • United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Livestock and Environment Toolbox LEAD
  • University of Arizona RangeView
  • UNIX
  • USDA ARS Database for Inventory, Monitoring and Assessment DIMA
  • USDA Comet
  • USDA NRCS Soil Data Viewer
  • USDA NRCS VegSpec
  • USDA SamplePoint
  • Viper Tools

  • life physical and social science

    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220