Projected Growth: Average
Projected Job Openings
Considerable Preparation Needed
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:
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.
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.
Water testing kits
Survey transitsAll Tools
Point of sale POS computer terminals
Multiline telephone systems
Light pickup trucks
Law enforcement handguns
High-pressure pumper units
Global positioning system GPS devices
Four wheel drive 4WD vehicles
Forest fire shovels
Emergency medical first aid kits
Electronic cash registers
Digital video cameras
Digital still cameras
Computer laser printers
Automated external defibrillators AED
Animal trapping equipment
All-terrain vehicles ATV
Data entry software
Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker
Point of sale POS software
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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.
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
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.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
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.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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.