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Park Naturalists

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Plan and organize public events at the park.
    • Provide visitor services, such as explaining regulations, answering visitor requests, needs and complaints, and providing information about the park and surrounding areas.
    • Develop environmental educational programs and curricula for schools.
    • Research stories regarding the area's natural history or environment.
    • Assist with operations of general facilities, such as visitor centers.
    • Survey park to determine forest conditions and distribution and abundance of fauna and flora.
    • Compile and maintain official park photographic and information files.
    • Take photographs and motion pictures for use in lectures and publications and to develop displays.
    • Interview specialists in desired fields to obtain and develop data for park information programs.

    Skills

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Speech Clarity

      The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    • History and Archeology

      Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 56650/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 27.23/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 750
    • Yearly Projected Openings 80

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    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Concern for Others
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

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    • Minivans or vans
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    • Canoes or kayaks
    • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled

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