I. JOB SUMMARY
Main Topic: Physical Geography
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society
Overview: Park Rangers are critical in the care and maintenance of our state and nations parks and forests. They supervise these natural areas so that they are preserved but also so that they can be visited and enjoyed by the public. Park Rangers monitor the natural resources of our parks and forests, the water, the land, the forests, plant and animal life. Geographers make good Park Rangers because they study and learn about the natural environment and how it can be managed successfully for all citizens to enjoy. Park Rangers are needed at the local, municipal level, and at the state and national level. They plan activities in Parks and monitor visits by tourists and school groups. Geographers are good ecologists and are well qualified to be Park Rangers.
Geographers at Work: Physical Geographers
Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Environmental Management
Skills: Land management, mapping, tour planning, educational supervisors, ecology, policing and watching for outdoor infractions, forest fire alarms, firefighting.
Occupation Group: Life, Physical, and Social Science
Learn more about Park Ranger 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
II. POWERFUL GEOGRAPHIC KNOWLEDGE