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Park Naturalists
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 180

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $29.32 - $47.56

Typical Annual Salary: $61,000 - $98,900

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Provide visitor services, such as 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.
  • Survey park to determine forest conditions and distribution and abundance of fauna and flora.
  • Prepare brochures and write newspaper articles.

tools & technology

  • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled
  • Canoes or kayaks
  • Minivans or vans
  • Recreational motorboats
  • Screwdrivers

  • Desktop publishing software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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