Park Rangers

Park rangers have a diverse set of duties, which include law enforcement, education and interpretation, emergency response, maintenance, and administration. They help care for and maintain national, state, county and city parks. The profession of park ranger often involves the specialization of a discipline. Approximately 3,860 park rangers are employed full time by the National Park Service. Thousands more work for other federal agencies or for state, county, and city agencies in charge of their respective parks.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Forest Rangers, Park Naturalists
Duties Protect and manage national, state, county, and city parks by enforcing park laws and managing native and exotic species
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Geography
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements Pass background check and drug test
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief Ranger or District Ranger
  • Lead Park Ranger or Park Manager
  • Park Ranger
  • Park Technician
  • Seasonal Park Technician

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