A career as a forest ranger may be an ideal choice for those who enjoy spending time outdoors and have an interest in protecting natural resources. Forest rangers manage public and for a variety of interests, including the timber industry, recreational users and conservation trusts.
The title "forest ranger" covers myriad tasks. Forest rangers manage public forest land. Given that forests are managed as a multi-purpose resource, part of a forest ranger's duties include balancing the needs of multiple interests, including those of the timber industry and outdoor recreation enthusiasts.
Becoming a forest ranger typically requires a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university. Degrees are usually related to environmental science or forestry.
Other Required Skills
Some forest ranger positions require education in the use of firearms or firefighting techniques.
Working conditions for forest rangers vary; some may work in remote locations while others may commute to forests close to metropolitan areas. Forest rangers should expect to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, including rain, snow or cold temperatures. A portion of a forest ranger's day may also involve office work.
A great way to experience what it's like to be a forest ranger is to spend a summer as an intern or forestry technician in one of the nation's many public forests.
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Based in northern Wisconsin, Susan Berg has more than 10 years of experience as a writer and editor. Her work has been published in both print and online media, including the "Dayton Daily News" and BioZine. Berg earned a Master of Arts in journalism from Indiana University.