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Pluses and minuses of working as a National Park Ranger

 

+ Plus +

+ Excellent working environment

+ Free outdoor gym

+ Meet fellow nature enthusiasts

+ Meet foreigners

+ Photographic opportunities

+ Park uniform

+ Nature talks, public education

+ Get paid to hike

+ Instant god-like knowledge in the public’s eye

 

- Minus -

- Park uniform

- Usually a seasonal position, 3-4 months per year

- No benefits
- No weekends or holidays off work

- Garbage patrol

- Being Mom to tourists

- Explaining the no-dogs policy

- Lack of training

- Backcountry compost toilet maintenance

- Coming across occasional dead or crazy people in the wilderness
- Dealing with wildlife (especially bears) people have fed

 

 

Other benefits or draw-backs to working as a ranger?

Comments

crayonbeam
Jun. 3rd, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
One of the biggest minuses for me is that I want to be able to dye my hair fun colours.

oh well.

I can do it when I retire.

Pluses - when people say "you must have the best job in the world" I get to say "yup, I do"

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