Park rangers protect natural resources and historical and cultural monuments. They work in places across the country, from Alcatraz and the Grand Canyon to the Everglades and the Statue of Liberty. Most do everything from supervising park staff to teaching the public to value the site’s resources.
After getting experience in the field, a ranger might specialize. With a focus on conserving natural resources, for example, a ranger might replant native grasses on a prairie or test water samples to find the source of pollution. Whatever their duties, rangers need to be able to communicate well with the public.
Park rangers carry out plans to manage natural resources, enforce rules, and educate the public to ensure the protection of natural resources and cultural and historical monuments.
“I spend my day in the parks of Brooklyn talking with people about nature and … the history of Brooklyn.” Bonnie, Urban Park Ranger
A nature lover in good physical shape who enjoys working outdoors. You should also enjoy the sciences and have strong spoken communication skills.
The key to getting a year-round, permanent position in this field is to get experience as a seasonal or volunteer worker.