Park Rangers


Park rangers work in state and national parks. They protect the parks and the people visiting the parks. Part of a park ranger's work is to make sure the parks will be around for a long time, so people many years from now can enjoy them. Park rangers help people when they first arrive at a park by telling them of the interesting places to see. They are also trained in first aid and rescue so they can help people in trouble. Some park rangers specialize as law enforcement officers.

Working Conditions

Park rangers often work outdoors in all kinds of weather. They may be exposed to forest fires and other dangerous conditions.


Park rangers generally earn between $20,000 and $30,000 per year. Some park rangers receive housing as part of their compensation.

Helpful Skills and Subjects to Study

Knowledge of forestry, geology, outdoor management and natural resources is helpful for this job. Courses in history, geography, geology, behavioral sciences, botany, biology and English are helpful.

Related Jobs

Fish and game wardens, ecologists, foresters, and geologists.

Education & Training

A bachelor's degree is usually desired for hiring. Similar work experience in parks and knowledge of parks and natural resources may be substituted for some jobs.

Job Outlook

There will continue to be more applicants for these jobs than there are job openings. Competition will be strong.

Sources for Additional Information

National Parks and Conservation Association
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

National Recreation and Park Association
22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Ashburn, VA 20148-4510