Park Naturalists
SOC: 19-1031.03

Description:

Plan, develop, and conduct programs to inform public of historical, natural, and scientific features of national, state, or local park.


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:

  • Department of Natural Resources Officer (DNR Officer)
  • Education and Information Coordinator
  • Education Specialist
  • Environmental Education Specialist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Historical Interpreter
  • Interpretive Naturalist
  • National Park Ranger
  • Natural Resource Educator
  • Park Activities Coordinator
  • Park Interpretive Ranger
  • Park Interpretive Specialist
  • Park Manager
  • Park Naturalist
  • Park Ranger
  • Park Warden
  • Park Worker
  • Parks and Recreation Manager
  • Program Manager


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    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.

    Education:

    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
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • 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
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Perform emergency duties to protect human life, government property, and natural features of park.
  • Confer with park staff to determine subjects and schedules for park programs.
  • Assist with operations of general facilities, such as visitor centers.
  • Plan, organize and direct activities of seasonal staff members.
  • Perform routine maintenance on park structures.
  • Prepare brochures and write newspaper articles.
  • Construct historical, scientific, and nature visitor-center displays.
  • Research stories regarding the area's natural history or environment.
  • Interview specialists in desired fields to obtain and develop data for park information programs.
  • Compile and maintain official park photographic and information files.
  • Take photographs and motion pictures for use in lectures and publications and to develop displays.
  • Survey park to determine forest conditions and distribution and abundance of fauna and flora.
  • Plan and develop audio-visual devices for public programs.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • All-terrain vehicles ATV
  • Animal trapping equipment
  • Augers
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Backpack tanks
  • Boat trailers
  • Brush cutters
  • Canoes
  • Chainsaws
  • Claw hammers
  • Computer laser printers
  • Digital still cameras
  • Digital video cameras
  • Drip torches
  • Dump trucks
  • Electronic cash registers
  • Emergency medical first aid kits
  • Fire rakes
  • Fire swatters
  • Fishing poles
  • Forest fire shovels
  • Four wheel drive 4WD vehicles
  • Global positioning system GPS devices
  • Hand pruners
  • Hand rakes
  • High-pressure pumper units
  • Horse bridles
  • Horse reins
  • Horse saddles
  • Horse trailers
  • Kayaks
  • Law enforcement handguns
  • Leaf blowers
  • Light pickup trucks
  • Line trimmers
  • Mobile radios
  • Mountain bikes
  • Multiline telephone systems
  • Multipurpose pliers
  • Multipurpose shovels
  • Multipurpose tractors
  • Passenger vans
  • Patrol motorboats
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips screwdrivers
  • Point of sale POS computer terminals
  • Pontoon boats
  • Power mowers
  • Snow skis
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Surveillance binoculars
  • Survey levels
  • Survey transits
  • Tanker trucks
  • Utility knives
  • Water testing kits
  • Weed sprayers
  • Wood chippers
  • Work vans
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • GroupWise
  • Mapping software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Point of sale POS software
  • Web browser software


  • life physical and social science


    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220