Park Naturalist  What They Do

Just the Facts

Park Naturalists Career Video

Plans, develops and conducts programs to inform the public of historical, natural and scientific features of a national, state, or local park.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Provides visitor services, such as explaining regulations, answering visitor requests, needs and complaints, and providing information about the park and surrounding areas.
  • Conducts field trips to point out scientific, historic, and natural features of parks, forests, historic sites or other attractions.
  • Prepares and presents illustrated lectures and interpretive talks about park features.
  • Performs emergency duties to protect human life, government property, and natural features of park.
  • Confers with park staff to determine subjects and schedules for park programs.
  • Assists with operations of general facilities, such as visitor centers.
  • Plans, organizes and directs activities of seasonal staff members.
  • Performs routine maintenance on park structures.
  • Prepares brochures and writes newspaper articles.
  • Constructs historical, scientific, and nature visitor-center displays.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Education Specialist --
  • Environmental Education Specialist --
  • Environmental Educator --
  • Interpretive Naturalist --
  • Naturalist --
  • Park Activities Coordinator --
  • Park Interpretive Specialist --
  • Park Ranger -- Supervises, manages and performs work in the conservation and use of resources in national parks and other federally-managed areas.
  • Program Production Specialist --