What does a Park Ranger do?

Park rangers are professionals who assist in the conservation and usage of state or national park resources. Park rangers ensure that visitors at the location follow posted rules, laws, and regulations and that they remain safe during their visit or stay.

Park rangers enforce the laws that pertain to the safety and cleanliness of the national park and assist with fire and disaster prevention for guests. They provide tours and give educational lessons about the location’s environment, local wildlife, and the historical and cultural relevance of the landmarks. They provide information to guests and contribute to the environmental conservation efforts that protect the wildlife, plants, and other natural resources from human and natural impacts. They maintain the quality of indoor and outdoor spaces through the removal of litter, clearing of trails, and the protection of artifacts. Park ranger positions require a four-year bachelor’s degree.

Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Park Ranger Salaries

Average Base Pay

£21,374 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £21K
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Park Ranger Career Path

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Card FactoryCard Factory
Seasonal Temp
4 Sep 2021

“Minimum wage.. but that's typical of retail stores so not really a con”

UC DavisUC Davis
Campus Tour Guide
27 Apr 2021

“Working in Undergraduate Admissions as a tour guide was a great opportunity because I was able to work around my class schedule each quarter.”

Incredible AdventuresIncredible Adventures
Tour Guide
30 Sep 2019

“Training was thorough and fun.”

Ghost City ToursGhost City Tours
Tour Guide
7 Mar 2021

“Told there was no work and then scheduled last minute after our schedule had been set.”

Top Dog Tours NYC
Tour Guide
13 Jan 2020

“It is a fun place to work and I have really enjoyed everything about the job and the company.”

19 Feb 2021

“Was fun working there and good people”

RedHook Brewery
Tour Guide
22 Jan 2020

“Good beer and a fun job”

US Army Corps of EngineersUS Army Corps of Engineers
Seasonal Park Ranger
27 Jun 2020

“Work and life balance was great”

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