The primary role of naturalists is to educate the public about the environment and maintain the natural environment on land specifically dedicated to wilderness populations. Their primary responsibilities are preserving, restoring, maintaining, and protecting a natural habitat. Among the related responsibilities in these jobs are teaching, public speaking, writing, giving scientific and ecological demonstrations, and handling public relations and administrative tasks. Naturalists may work in a variety of environments, including private nature centers; local, state, and national parks and forests; wildlife museums; and independent nonprofit conservation and restoration associations. Some of the many job titles a naturalist might hold are wildlife manager, fish and game warden, fish and wildlife officer, land steward, wildlife biologist, and environmental interpreter. Natural resource managers, wildlife conservationists, and ecologists sometimes perform the work of naturalists.

Quick Facts
Duties Preserve, restore, maintain, and protect natural habitats; educate the public about environmental and conservation issues
Alternate Title(s) Conservationists, Ecologists, Environmental Interpreters, Fish and Game Wardens, Fish and Wildlife Officers, Land Stewards, Natural Resource Managers, Wildlife Biologists, Wildlife Conservationists, Wildlife Managers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
Experience Internship or co-op
  • Public Speaking
  • Scientific
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Conservation Director
  • Naturalist
  • Volunteer or Seasonal Employee

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