What does a Park Ranger do?

Park rangers are professionals who assist in the conservation and usage of state or national park resources. Park rangers ensure that visitors at the location follow posted rules, laws, and regulations and that they remain safe during their visit or stay.

Park rangers enforce the laws that pertain to the safety and cleanliness of the national park and assist with fire and disaster prevention for guests. They provide tours and give educational lessons about the location’s environment, local wildlife, and the historical and cultural relevance of the landmarks. They provide information to guests and contribute to the environmental conservation efforts that protect the wildlife, plants, and other natural resources from human and natural impacts. They maintain the quality of indoor and outdoor spaces through the removal of litter, clearing of trails, and the protection of artifacts. Park ranger positions require a four-year bachelor’s degree.

What responsibilities are common for Park Ranger jobs?
  • Ensure all safety policies and procedures are strictly adhered to.
  • Responsible for the training and development of team members on their shift(s)
  • custodial and general facility and grounds maintenance, assist visitors and furnish them with
  • Collect park user fees and make change as necessary.
  • Respond to emergency situations or requests for assistance from employees or visitors.
  • Assist with the production of educational/public information brochures, maps, and other literature.
  • Issue permits ad prepare routine.
  • Develop and maintain public information material on bulletin boards and map boards.
  • Monitor proper maintenance and inventory of the facility and equipment
  • Supervise the dissemination of information to visitors pertaining to use of public land, available services, trail locations, natural areas, protection of water supplies, interpretive events and pertinent rules and regulations. issues non-criminal citations when necessary.
  • Prioritize and delegate tasks to meet all operational needs.
  • Manage workforce productivity, efficiency and process improvement projects and initiatives.
  • Hire, train and evaluate divisional staff, including delegating and prioritizing work.
  • Participate in volunteer activities including clean-ups, trail crews, university class projects, etc.
  • Clearly and articulately provide information to guests in an engaging manner.
  • Supervise daily production activities, including oversight of team members, and monitor performance levels of each team member.
  • Support and execute visual directives and maintain visual standards set by the company.
What are the typical qualifications for Park Ranger jobs?
  • Associate's Degree in life sciences, management or business.
  • A leader and problem solver with sound time management and decision making skills.
  • Is comfortable writing reports and answering phones.
  • A critical thinker with sound attention to details and demonstrated strong work ethic.
  • Skilled at groundskeeping tasks such as erosion control, digging, pruning, and mowing.
  • Will create reports and cost estimates to update and present.
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Park Ranger make?

$42,544 /yr
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“I am able to be super creative with my program creation and I love that.”

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“Told there was no work and then scheduled last minute after our schedule had been set.”

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“Great our door fun and tips”

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May 17, 2022

“Job is only temporary and not the best pay”

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