Park Naturalists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+3% (slower than the average)


What Park Naturalists Do

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

Other Job Titles Park Naturalists May Have

Environmental Education Specialist, Naturalist, Park Naturalist, Park Ranger

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Eastern Region Manager, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources ,

Nevada Division of State Parks

In Nevada State Parks, we have many different responsibilities and most days are never the same. In day to day operations, we manage campgrounds, provide visitor services to provide the special "Park Experience" our visitors are looking for, we manage visitor centers, build and maintain trails, maintain facilities, provide safety and security for our visitors, maintain and develop landscapes, protect cultural and natural resources, and interpret all aspects of park resources.

Environmental Education Ranger II ,

Arizona State Parks & Trails

I wear many hats but my main job is to head our environmental education program. I run field trips for students and organize park events. I'm also in charge of our interpretive museum and various education displays around the park. In a typical day I'll work in our entry station booth or Visitor Center. I'll do trail work, lead guided hikes, and do park maintenance. Other days I'll write lesson plans, design displays, update the park's social media, or film educational videos.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.
  • Plan and organize public events at the park.
  • Provide visitor services, such as explaining regulations, answering visitor requests, needs and complaints, and providing information about the park and surrounding areas.
  • Develop environmental educational programs and curricula for schools.

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