What do Park Naturalists do?

Plan, develop, and conduct programs to inform public of historical, natural, and scientific features of national, state, or local park.

  • Provide visitor services by explaining regulations; answering visitor requests, needs and complaints; and providing information about the park and surrounding areas.
  • Conduct field trips to point out scientific, historic, and natural features of parks, forests, historic sites or other attractions.
  • Prepare and present illustrated lectures and interpretive talks about park features.
  • Perform emergency duties to protect human life, government property, and natural features of park.
  • Confer with park staff to determine subjects and schedules for park programs.
  • Assist with operations of general facilities, such as visitor centers.
  • Plan, organize and direct activities of seasonal staff members.
  • Perform routine maintenance on park structures.
  • Prepare brochures and write newspaper articles.
  • Construct historical, scientific, and nature visitor-center displays.
  • Research stories regarding the area's natural history or environment.
  • Interview specialists in desired fields to obtain and develop data for park information programs.
  • Compile and maintain official park photographic and information files.
  • Take photographs and motion pictures for use in lectures and publications and to develop displays.
  • Survey park to determine forest conditions and distribution and abundance of fauna and flora.
  • Plan and develop audiovisual devices for public programs.

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Necessary Skills

  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Critical Thinking
  • Writing
  • Reading Comprehension

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