Park Naturalists


Salary Median (2019)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+5.1% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's Degree


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, Environmental Educator, Interpretive Naturalist, Naturalist, Park Activities Coordinator, Park Interpretive Specialist, Park Naturalist, Park Ranger, Program Production Specialist

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.

Park Naturalists ,

El Dorado Nature Center

I walk into work and inhale the lovely air.. It seems of real earth instead of stale coffee and bright lights. My office light is the sun. I walk into work refreshed and looking forward to finding dead mice on my desk to feed to snakes! We all meet in the hallway, tell some jokes and start the day. I grab my backpack, fill it with skulls and furs of cool animals and head out to teach a group of kids about the wonders of nature on a two hour hike. After that I feed our animals in our zoo.

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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