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I met some rangers down in the Delaware Water Gap this summer, Lets just say we didnt have the best meeting. Well that is irrelevant but would you guys say you are like the forest police? Because I got that vibe off of them. I would like a job working in the national parks but yet I dont want to be a cop(studying criminal justice and whatnot drug searches etc, speeding tickets), Giving tickets for whatnots other than the protection of our enviroment and the safety the park( Even though both coincide). What kind of employment oppurtunities would you say there are in the parks . Other than hotel and gift shops./ I am very interested so any feedback would help. Thanks a bunch. -marielle
(also posted in nationalparks community)


Nov. 14th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
Police or naturalist
If you enjoy nature, being a park ranger will be one of the best jobs you've ever held for a summer season. I rant a lot about the down sides to Rangerhood, but it really does afford unparralleled opportunities for outdoor adventure, meeting like-minded people from all over the world.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of nature-lovers out there who wouldn't care if they loved nature to death. You see people abusing the parks, taking advantage of being out in the wilderness to trash it, taking more of their share of the commons as well as breaking laws. As previously stated, most rangers have no authority to write tickets - but that doesn't mean that you have no authority. That hat pulls a lot of clout with the plebs. If you love the natural state of nature, you're likely to want to defend it, and that means saying a lot more, "please don't do that" than you might anticipate. But you don't have to do it in a crotchety school-marm kind of way.

You also get the opportunity to teach others about their greater combined impact on the remanants of intact ecosystems that have survived our human conquest of Progress. You get to share your love of nature, and help it spread. That's not something the police department gets to do all that often. And it can be very rewarding.


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