Overview: Park naturalists plan, create and implement programs to inform people of natural or historical features of a park. This can be at the national level, the state level or at the local city level. They provide visitor services to guests of the park by answering any questions or concerns of the guests as well as preparing lectures and field trips for the park’s guests.
Geographers at work: In order to be a successful park naturalist, one must have a good understanding of the local flora and fauna, as well as historical and physical features of an area. Geographers make great park naturalists because they study many aspects of the natural environment as well as the environment’s connection to society. Park naturalists not only work to inform the public of the features of a park, but also are usually a part of the conservation team within the park. Geographers have skills and knowledge in land and resource management, and would be a valuable asset for any conservation team.
Skills: Land management, ecology, biology, tour planning, resource management
Written by Kaleigh Shuler