Powerful Geography
Park Naturalists

Park Naturalists

Park Naturalists


Main Topic: Physical Geography
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society 

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 parks guests. 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 environments 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 an asset for any conservation team. 

Geographers at work: Physical Geographers 

Recommended College Courses: Environmental Management, Historical Geography, Physical Geography 

Skills: Land management, ecology, biology, tour planning, resource management

Occupation Group: Life, Physical, and Social Science

Learn more about Park Naturalists from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/conservation-scientists.htm

Written by Kaleigh Shuler