Forest Ranger

I Protect the Forest and the Animals in it, By: Alora Miner


The highest paying state for park rangers is Pennysylvania, where a ranger earns an average of $22.50 per hour, $46,790 per year. The remaining top five paying states, in order of rank, include Alabama, Colorado, Massachusetts and Missouri. In Missouri, park rangers earn an average of $18.64 per hour, $38,780 per year.
  • Agricultural Worker: $18,910 This is the one I want to be.
  • Conservation Scientist and Foresters: $59,060
  • Firefighters: $45,250
  • Forest and Conservation Technicians: $33,920
  • Ground Maintenance Workers: $23,970
  • Logging Workers: $33,630

Job Description

One of the most common jobs you can pursue with a forestry degree is that of a park ranger. Park rangers are in the conservation science and forestry field, and they can be hired by both government-owned parts and private parks. In both cases your duties will be extremely similar. Let’s take a look at the tasks you are expected to perform in this type of role.

Daily Tasks as a Park Ranger

Your overall goal as a park ranger is to ensure that visitors to the park are safe and happy, and that the natural environment is preserved. To do this, you’ll need to do inspections of the park (or part of the park) you service, reporting any problems like blocked trails and noting potential risks like overflowing rivers. You’ll also greet visitors, explain the rules of the park, enforce park rules, and if applicable, run nature centers or gift shops on the premise.


Forest rangers are responsible for protecting and conserving natural resources, particularly in forests and range lands. They can work for federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or for state and local government agencies. Their responsibilities may range from the dangerous, such as fighting forest fires, to the administrative, such as managing compliance inspections. An undergraduate degree is typically required for this job.