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post #1 of 7 Old 01-30-2008, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Is anyone on here a Park Ranger?

I'm 26 and I'm considering a career change. I love nature and the outdoors. Can anyone tell me about being a national park ranger?

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post #2 of 7 Old 01-31-2008, 12:18 AM
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i beleive you have to have a recreational management degree. my brother was thinking of doing this for a while. other than that im not but i could give him a call tomorrow and see what he says

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During their careers, most Rangers can expect to be assigned to several different parts of the country. While we try take into account each employee's preference, we do not guarantee that a ranger will remain stationed in only one area.
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i have a degree in recreation management. I looked into the park ranger thing, but honestly, the pay sucks. I don't remember the offers I had straight out of college, but it wouldn't have paid my student loans I had to get the education to become a ranger.

I may use the degree later in life when I don't necessarily need as much income...

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Originally Posted by 00xj54
Can anyone tell me about being a national park ranger?

Sure. You are always on garbage cleanup duty, deal with *******es on a daily basis, perform menial tasks when not actively involved in whatever Rangers are actually supposed to do and complain about low pay and no funds for any projects. Sounds like fun
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I wanted to be a park ranger for a long time. A couple years ago I researched the aspects of it. Looked pretty dismal. Low pay, crappy people including other employees, low funds, etc... You will get to travel to different locations which can be a plus. I also found that a noob in the field really needs to pay their dues to get anywhere. Also if you are a veteran you are placed above most that apply.

If you want to pay you dues first, and test the waters than look into the Seasonal LE Program approved by the National Prk service. You attend an academy put on through several colleges in the US, at your dime of course. After you graduate you can get a job as a Seasonal Ranger with Park Service, or possibly a full time state or local job.
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I have a degree in Forest Recreation. Same story as others. The only jobs available were seasonal maintenance work for minimum wage. I ended up getting a job logging full time.

I loved getting my degree though. Outdoor classes, working in the woods, practical application. While my friends were sitting in some auditorium, sleeping through a worthless lecture, I was out learning how to designing campgrounds and building lean-to's

Marching or fighting, it all pays the same.
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