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Unread 01-29-2010, 10:32 PM   #1
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how do i become a park ranger??

i am very interested in becoming a park ranger. I am a senior in highschool in my second semester and have yet to apply for college. i have always loved the outdoors and nature, but dont know where to start looking for a college or university that offers courses in becoming a park ranger. i have a counselor at school that is there to help me find a college that offers what i need, but its the weekend and i would like to try and find some information on my own. i have looked into N.O.L.S. (national outdoor leadership school) but to my knowledge, you would go there and the college/university that you are attending. i am feeling very overwhelmed and am wondering if anyone out on J.F. can help me out.

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Unread 01-29-2010, 10:37 PM   #2
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Unread 01-29-2010, 10:44 PM   #3
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as in forest service? go to there web site or go to your closest ranger station. if you want to be a forest cop, they have them too, but thats a whole different job
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Unread 01-29-2010, 10:48 PM   #4
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It makes a difference if you are talking federal, state, or local. Federal, and most state rangers are gonna be law enforcement officers + the duties of a ranger. The local level is more of a biologist, and in some places another name for a gardener!
I have a friend that's a park ranger at the state level, but it's a small park, so no law enforcement is needed.
There are several ways to get into the field, and the field covers a great deal of different specialties!
Taking any advanced biology course is a big plus no matter what part of the field you are looking for.

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USAJOBS - The Federal Government's Official Jobs Site search for "ranger"

Qualifications will be listed in the job descriptions. I recommend you start there if you REALLY want to be a park ranger.
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fed jobs are highly competitive to get in. great benefits though
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Unread 01-30-2010, 05:40 AM   #7
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get a bachelors degree in parks and recreation, then apply for jobs.
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Unread 01-30-2010, 06:01 AM   #8
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get a bachelors degree in parks and recreation, then apply for jobs.
That sounds like the kinda degree I want...
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Unread 01-30-2010, 12:03 PM   #9
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That sounds like the kinda degree I want...
Tell that the the Ranger Gals & guys cleaning the honeyhuts at Pismo dunes.
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Unread 01-30-2010, 12:39 PM   #10
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Tell that the the Ranger Gals & guys cleaning the honeyhuts at Pismo dunes.
Don't think they are rangers probably a site host that does that at least that's the way I have seen it at every other park I have been to.

Best thing would be to go to a headquarters and talk with the people there. Most are helpful and willing to talk about how to become a ranger on the level they are. They will also give pointers to what degrees and background are helpful.
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This is my kinda job but I cant take that big of a paycut.

Cape Lookout National Seashore preserves 56 miles of North Carolina's Outer Banks which includes a lighthouse, wild horses, and two historic villages. Most of the park is located on three barrier islands accessible only by boat.

That usually means you get a truck and boat!

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Unread 01-30-2010, 01:52 PM   #12
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That sounds like the kinda degree I want...
That's the degree I have. Graduated from Radford (RU) in 04 with the bachelors in parks, recreation, and tourism management. I followed the tourism side more than the parks side though.
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a lot of the western states like montana colorado state etc have forestry and parks type programs where you will actually go out in the mountains and do training/work etc.
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I volunteered at Lake Mead for the NPS Park Rangers. There were two types, Law enforcement and interp. The law enforcement did just that, patroled by boat, plane, car, and 4x4 and ran the fire dept. The interp delt with vistors either guided tours, run info centers and campgrounds. I will tell you this that it is a very political game they play. A lot of Rangers volunteered while going to school for a better chance to get in. Most still did not make it and went on to do something else. Even a few who did make it just used the park service as a stepping stone to the FBI.
I did not volunteer to become a Ranger, I did it for the excitement and adventure. Like stopping a plane while in a boat, having to babysit 83 LSU sorority girls on spring break, finding a governors son who was going to kill himself before he had the chance to do it, saved a few lives, and so much more.
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If you get in the Forest Service, push for the reopening of thousands of closed-to-Jeeps and other full size 4x4's in Montana. I have to get a dirt bike now just so I can ride on trails that I used to be able to drive my Jeep on, the Forest Service closes more up every year but still allows dirt bike and ATV traffic.
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