Park Naturalists

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics > Science and Mathematics

Projected Growth: Average

2600+
Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

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

Common job titles of Park Naturalists include:
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Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 94.85% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 5.15% said they needed a Master's Degree.

Tasks

    Provide visitor services, such as explaining regulations, answering visitor requests, needs and complaints, and providing information about the park and surrounding areas.

    Assist with operations of general facilities, such as visitor centers.

    Research stories regarding the area's natural history or environment.

    Prepare and present illustrated lectures and interpretive talks about park features.

    Conduct field trips to point out scientific, historic, and natural features of parks, forests, historic sites, or other attractions.

    Develop environmental educational programs and curricula for schools.

    Plan and organize public events at the park.

    Plan and develop audio-visual devices for public programs.

    Compile and maintain official park photographic and information files.

    Plan, organize and direct activities of seasonal staff members.

    Confer with park staff to determine subjects and schedules for park programs.

    Take photographs and motion pictures for use in lectures and publications and to develop displays.

    Interview specialists in desired fields to obtain and develop data for park information programs.

    Prepare brochures and write newspaper articles.

    Perform routine maintenance on park structures.

    Survey park to determine forest conditions and distribution and abundance of fauna and flora.

    Construct historical, scientific, and nature visitor-center displays.

    Perform emergency duties to protect human life, government property, and natural features of park.

Tools

Work vans

Wood chippers

Weed sprayers

Water testing kits

Utility knives

Tanker trucks

Survey transits

All Tools

Survey levels

Surveillance binoculars

Straight screwdrivers

Snow skis

Power mowers

Pontoon boats

Point of sale POS computer terminals

Phillips screwdrivers

Personal computers

Patrol motorboats

Passenger vans

Multipurpose tractors

Multipurpose shovels

Multipurpose pliers

Multiline telephone systems

Mountain bikes

Mobile radios

Line trimmers

Light pickup trucks

Leaf blowers

Law enforcement handguns

Kayaks

Horse trailers

Horse saddles

Horse reins

Horse bridles

High-pressure pumper units

Hand rakes

Hand pruners

Global positioning system GPS devices

Four wheel drive 4WD vehicles

Forest fire shovels

Fishing poles

Fire swatters

Fire rakes

Emergency medical first aid kits

Electronic cash registers

Dump trucks

Drip torches

Digital video cameras

Digital still cameras

Computer laser printers

Claw hammers

Chainsaws

Canoes

Brush cutters

Boat trailers

Backpack tanks

Automated external defibrillators AED

Augers

Animal trapping equipment

All-terrain vehicles ATV

Technologies

Data entry software

Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker

Email software

GroupWise

Mapping software

Point of sale POS software

Skills

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.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Persuasion

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Abilities

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

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.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Communications and Media

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Biology

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Clerical

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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