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How Is It Being A Park Ranger?

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I love the outdoors and being in nature, and I want to preserve that nature and help to protect it. I'm considering several college and career pathways involving the outdoors and conservation and becoming a Parks Ranger seems the most direct and fulfilling in my eyes. I'm hoping to learn more details about the life of a Ranger and how I can best prepare to enter this career if I so choose. Thank You #career #career-path #parksranger #nationalparks #conservation

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Owen,

This site has a lot of information on Nat'l and State park rangers.

parkrangeredu.org/careers/


I think the question to ask is when preserving and protecting our natural resources, which path do you want to take? Do you want to educate people, perhaps doing informative tours, or even skits, at national parks; do you want to catch people breaking the laws, which would be a law enforcement role; do you want to work on changing public policy, such as the Endangered Species Act, or bringing violators to justice, which would be in the legal field, or do research to support all these other roles, such as marine biologist?


Protecting our resources truly is a team effort! While you mention that you like being in nature, you don't mention anything about people. Where there are parks, there are people. Too many of them! Many park rangers are almost constantly around people, rather than being out in nature. I encourage you to research the different roles park rangers fulfill, and, to also look at state positions. Additionally, since there are many summer or seasonal positions available within the parks, try to get one of these so you can get some first-hand experience!


In addition to "park rangers," some states have other positions. For example, in Texas, we also have "Game Wardens," a highly sought after law enforcement position.


I wish you the best in your career, wherever it may take you!


Kim

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