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Career Park Ranger

  1. 1. PARK RANGER Environmental Career Presentation October 30, 2007
  2. 2. “ To work in this field, you must enjoy learning about the outdoors, have a passion for nature and history, and have the desire and drive to teach people what they might not know about their country’s wilderness” - Bob Fuhrmann, park ranger
  3. 3. Background Needed <ul><li>Bachelor’s degree </li></ul><ul><li>Certification in advanced first aid, CPR, fire control, and search and rescue procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Helpful: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seasonal experience in state or local parks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coursework in law enforcement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>High level management positions may require graduate degrees </li></ul>
  4. 4. In national parks, on the job training and orientation is sometimes supplemented with formal training courses
  5. 5. Demand <ul><li>Few job openings and fierce competition </li></ul><ul><li>Part-time or seasonal work is an important stepping stone </li></ul><ul><li>Working knowledge of law enforcement, management, and communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Demand for fee collectors and resource managers is greater than for rangers in education and protection </li></ul>
  6. 6. Demand <ul><li>In general, job demand is steady </li></ul><ul><li>A large percentage of current rangers has been working for over 15-20 years, so in coming years there will be a lot of job openings in the field </li></ul>
  7. 7. Salary <ul><li>Entry-level: $27,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Annual median earnings: $45,000 </li></ul><ul><li>National Park Service: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Summer ranger hires with a college degree: $18,687 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permanent ranger hires $20,908-$31,680 </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. A Day in the Life <ul><li>“ If you love the beauty of misty mornings outlined by hazy sunshine, the smell of dew and new beginnings, then a park ranger’s life might be ideal for you.” </li></ul><ul><li>Some of your daily responsibilities might include… </li></ul>
  9. 9. Conservation and resource management
  10. 10. Development of educational materials and programs
  11. 11. Fire control
  12. 12. Enforcement of laws and regulations
  13. 13. Gathering and dissemination of natural, historical, and scientific information
  14. 14. Property protection
  15. 15. Folk art demonstrations
  16. 16. Campground operation
  17. 17. Responsibilities <ul><li>Can basically be narrowed down to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource management and law enforcement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpretation and public education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Specific duties vary widely based on position and the site’s size and specific needs </li></ul>
  18. 18. Responsibilities <ul><li>Safety is a primary responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Rangers must strictly enforce outdoor safety codes </li></ul><ul><li>First aid and rescue operations </li></ul><ul><li>Empowered to arrest and forcibly evict those who violate park laws </li></ul>
  19. 19. Career Opportunities <ul><li>May move through ranks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>District Rangers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Park Managers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff specialists in interpretation, resource management, park planning, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Responsibilities and independence increase as influence covers more staff and area </li></ul>
  20. 20. Associated Careers <ul><li>Law enforcement </li></ul><ul><li>Zoo keeping </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate landscaping </li></ul><ul><li>Pollution containment </li></ul><ul><li>Customer and Public Relations managers </li></ul>