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Park Management and Conservation

(including interpretation, law enforcement ranger, park manager, and recreation services.)

Park management and conservation combines the study of biological and natural sciences with communications, management, and social sciences.  Park professionals must understand the relationship between the natural environment and human activities. They must also have an understanding of the social, economic, and political factors influencing use of natural resources. Graduates work as park rangers, naturalists, planners, and directors and in other areas of natural resource management. 

Related career titles

City park administrator
Forestry technician
Law enforcement ranger
Park director
Park ranger
Recreation planner        
Urban forester  
Tree surgeon

Resources available in ACIC*

Careers for Animal Lovers and Other Zoological Types
Careers in Recreation
Careers in the Environment
Career Opportunities in Conservation and the Environment
ECO Guide to Careers That Make a Difference
New Complete Guide to Environmental Careers         
Opportunities in Farming and Agricultural Careers

*Books are available for checkout.

Related park management and conservation links

K-State Department of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation

National Parks Conservation Association

National Parks Service

National Park Foundation

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

The Wildlife Society

Conservation International

Natural Resources Conservation Service