Park Naturalists

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Program Production Specialist
  • Parks and Recreation Manager
  • Park Worker
  • Park Warden
  • Park Ranger
  • Park Naturalist
  • Park Manager
  • Park Interpretive Specialist
  • Park Interpretive Ranger
  • Park Activities Coordinator
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What They Do

  • Perform routine maintenance on park structures.
  • Survey park to determine forest conditions and distribution and abundance of fauna and flora.
  • Plan, organize and direct activities of seasonal staff members.
  • Interview specialists in desired fields to obtain and develop data for park information programs.
  • Take photographs and motion pictures for use in lectures and publications and to develop displays.
  • Compile and maintain official park photographic and information files.
  • Prepare brochures and write newspaper articles.
  • Construct historical, scientific, and nature visitor-center displays.
  • Plan and develop audio-visual devices for public programs.
  • Assist with operations of general facilities, such as visitor centers.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SRA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Realistic and Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Working Conditions and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • History and Archeology - Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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