How to Become a Park Ranger

If you enjoy the outdoors and want to maintain the majesty of our national parks, consider a job as a park ranger. Depending on the national parks in your area, you will be able to supervise park conservation, control forest fires, manage historical and cultural sites or provide tours to campers [source: NPS]. Read the steps listed below and learn about how you can become a park ranger.

  • Decide which type of ranger you want to be. There are a number of ranger positions available at national parks. The necessary education, training and skills differ significantly depending on what type of ranger you want to become. For example, law enforcement rangers carry weapons and ensure that the park is run according to government laws, while interpretive rangers educate the public about historical, cultural and environmental matters.
  • Obtain training. Contact the park's office to find out what type of training you will need to work as a ranger. Law enforcement rangers have to pass a training program and receive certification [source: ANPR]. Interpretive rangers have a wide range of educational requirements, which may include university degrees, art diplomas or language certificates.
  • Volunteer. There is no better vocational experience than volunteering at your national park. Volunteering will familiarize you with the park's practices and introduce you to your future colleagues. Contact the national park's office and ask where volunteers are most needed this season.
  • Send your resume. Create a persuasive resume that will show your superior job qualifications. Remember to include a variety of skills that may range from technical abilities to administrative experience. This will help you obtain a position as a park ranger.