Range Managers

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Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Research or study range land management practices to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.

Common job titles of Range Managers 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.

  • 71.77% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 11.37% said they needed a Master's Degree.


    Regulate grazing, and help ranchers plan and organize grazing systems in order to manage, improve and protect rangelands and maximize their use.

    Manage private livestock operations.

    Measure and assess vegetation resources for biological assessment companies, environmental impact statements, and rangeland monitoring programs.

    Study forage plants and their growth requirements to determine varieties best suited to particular range.

    Study grazing patterns to determine number and kind of livestock that can be most profitably grazed and to determine the best grazing seasons.

    Tailor conservation plans to landowners' goals, such as livestock support, wildlife, or recreation.

    Offer advice to rangeland users on water management, forage production methods, and control of brush.

    Study rangeland management practices and research range problems to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.

    Manage forage resources through fire, herbicide use, or revegetation to maintain a sustainable yield from the land.

    Maintain soil stability and vegetation for non-grazing uses, such as wildlife habitats and outdoor recreation.

    Develop methods for protecting range from fire and rodent damage and for controlling poisonous plants.

    Plan and implement revegetation of disturbed sites.

    Develop technical standards and specifications used to manage, protect and improve the natural resources of range lands and related grazing lands.

    Plan and direct construction and maintenance of range improvements such as fencing, corrals, stock-watering reservoirs and soil-erosion control structures.

    Mediate agreements among rangeland users and preservationists as to appropriate land use and management.

    Develop new and improved instruments and techniques for activities such as range reseeding.


Tablet computers

Strain gauges


Soil sampling scoops

Single-ring infiltrometers

Robel poles

Quadrat frames

All Tools

Portable dataloggers

Plant canopy analyzers

Personal computers

Measuring tapes

Laser plumb bobs

Laptop computers

Impact penetrometers

Hand sieves

Gram scales

Global positioning system GPS devices

Double-ring infiltrometers

Desktop computers

Compact digital cameras


Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop

ESRI ArcGIS software


Practical extraction and reporting language Perl



The MathWorks MATLAB

All Technologies


Aquatic Plant Information Retrieval System APIRS

Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment AGWA


Clark Labs IDRISI Selva


Data mining software

Database for Inventory, Monitoring and Assessment DIMA

ESSA Technologies Path Landscape Model

ESSA TechnologiesTool for Exploratory Landscape Scenario Analyses TELSA


FEAT/Firemon integrated FFI

Fire Spread Probability FSPro


Fuel Characteristic Classification System FCCS

Geographic resources analysis support system GRASS

GNU Image Manipulation Program GIMP

Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE

National Resources Conservation Service Ecological Site Information System ESIS

National Resources Conservation Service Grazing Spatial Analysis Tool

National Resources Conservation Service Web Soil Survey WSS


RSAC Riparian Mapping Tool

Satellite image databases

The Nature Conservancy Weed Information Management System WIMS

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Livestock and Environment Toolbox LEAD

University of Arizona RangeView

USDA ARS Database for Inventory, Monitoring and Assessment DIMA

USDA Comet

USDA NRCS Soil Data Viewer


USDA SamplePoint

Viper Tools


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.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Judgment and Decision Making

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

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


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

Complex Problem Solving

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


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Social Perceptiveness

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


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Operations Analysis

Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Management of Personnel Resources

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

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Time Management

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


Teaching others how to do something.


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

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

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