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Park Naturalists - 19-1031.03

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Environmental Education Specialist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Interpretive Naturalist
  • Natural Resource Educator
  • Naturalist
  • Park Activities Coordinator
  • Park Guide
  • Park Interpretive Specialist
  • Park Naturalist
  • Park Ranger

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Assist with operations of general facilities, such as visitor centers.
  • Compile and maintain official park photographic and information files.
  • Conduct field trips to point out scientific, historic, and natural features of parks, forests, historic sites, or other attractions.
  • Confer with park staff to determine subjects and schedules for park programs.
  • Construct historical, scientific, and nature visitor-center displays.
  • Develop environmental educational programs and curricula for schools.
  • Interview specialists in desired fields to obtain and develop data for park information programs.
  • Perform emergency duties to protect human life, government property, and natural features of park.
  • Perform routine maintenance on park structures.
  • Plan and develop audio-visual devices for public programs.
  • Plan and organize public events at the park.
  • Plan, organize and direct activities of seasonal staff members.
  • Prepare and present illustrated lectures and interpretive talks about park features.
  • Prepare brochures and write newspaper articles.
  • Provide care for park program animals.
  • Provide visitor services, such as explaining regulations, answering visitor requests, needs and complaints, and providing information about the park and surrounding areas.
  • Research stories regarding the area's natural history or environment.
  • Survey park to determine forest conditions and distribution and abundance of fauna and flora.
  • Take photographs and motion pictures for use in lectures and publications and to develop displays.
  • Train staff on park programs.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Care for animals.
  • Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys.
  • Compile geographic or related data.
  • Conduct historical research.
  • Develop educational programs.
  • Document events or evidence, using photographic or audiovisual equipment.
  • Measure environmental characteristics.
  • Monitor animal behavior or condition.
  • Plan special events.
  • Provide technical information or assistance to public.
  • Train personnel to enhance job skills.
  • Train staff members.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Historian (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Historian (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Historical Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Park Naturalist