The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
|Overview:||Park naturalists plan, develop and conduct educational & recreational programs to inform the public about the history & scientific facts about the parks. They describe animals and vegetation, use photographs and show exhibits. They survey park conditions to determine restrictions needed.|
|Duties:||They study and analyze public park sites of interest, trails and hazards in order to map out tours, recreational and educational experiences for tourists and researchers.
Identify and catalogue the different kinds of plants, animals, rock formation, river and stream characteristics for purposes of providing the information to visitors.
Lead and guide tourist and research groups through the significant sites and features in the park. They explain the history and scientific facts.
Prepare educational lectures, photographic exhibits and displays as a means of introducing visitors to the park sites. Mark park trails with signs & symbols to protect both visitors & the park.
|Degree(s):||A.S./B.S. QCC/York Dual/Joint Biotechnology
|Job Outlook:||Employment of park naturalists is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. A large percentage of new jobs will be found in government. The focus of most jobs in this area will be on wildfire prevention and management, restoring destroyed land, urban forestry, soil and water science for the food supply, and renewable forms of energy using wood products.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$28,000 to $32,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.|
|Additional Training/Education:||A college degree in forestry and natural resource management is the appropriate education for this occupation. Additional studies in environmental management, fish, game and wildlife, ecology and biology are important. An associate or bachelor's degree is needed for entry positions.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information please click here.
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.