Profession forest ranger

Forest rangers are responsible for the protection and conservation of natural resources, particularly in regards to forests and woodlands.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • Tree preservation and conservation

    Environmental requirements for tree preservation and conservation.

  • Health, safety and hygiene legislation

    The set of health, safety and hygiene standards and items of legislation applicable in a specific sector.

  • Forest conservation

    Understand forest conservation: the practice of planting and maintaining forested areas.

  • Pollution prevention

    The processes used to prevent pollution: precautions to pollution of the environment, procedures to counter pollution and associated equipment, and possible measures to protect the environment.


  • Oversee the use of the land within the park

    Supervise the development of the land, such as camping sites or places of interest. Oversee the management of natural lands of different types.

  • Develop forestry strategies

    Build up forestry policies in order to enhance their sustainable management and to improve communication linked to forestry operations. These plans are meant to tackle issues regarding correlated environmental and societal changes.

  • Make decisions regarding forestry management

    Decide on issues regarding various aspects concerning the management of natural resources such as forests and woodland areas.

  • Perform safety inspections

    Inspect the park or part of the park. Note and report problems like blocked trails and risks like overflowing rivers.

  • Perform search and rescue missions

    Assist in fighting natural and civic disasters, such as forest fires, floods and road accidents. Conduct search-and-rescue missions.

  • Write work-related reports

    Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.

  • Demonstrate commitment to environmental sustainability

    Display commitment and responsibility; make business decisions in order to reduce the organisations negative impact on environment and climate.

  • Assist forest visitors

    Answer questions from campers, hikers and tourists. Provide directions.

  • Monitor forest health

    Monitor forest health to make sure all necessary actions are taken by the forestry workers team.

  • Promote environmental awareness

    Calculate the carbon footprint of business processes and other practices in order to promote sustainability and to raise awareness for the environmental impact.

  • Enforce park rules

    Enforce environmental laws and rules related to forest management. Forest rangers enforce local, state and national regulations as applied to forest usage and wildlife conservation. They perform safety inspections on campsites and investigate complaints.

Optional knowledge and skills

conserve forests maintain plant health analyse tree population assist tree identification work independently in forestry services botany report pollution incidents carry out routine maintenance of wood cutting machinery communicate with others who are significant to service users business management principles animal hunting manage forest fires provide first aid build business relationships communicate with customers maintain the trails maintain plant soil nutrition care for the wildlife educate the public about wildlife provide first aid to animals speak different languages use a computer

Common job titles

  • Wilderness trail crew member
  • Ranger
  • Forester (multiple positions)
  • Natural resource specialist (recreation)
  • Forest ranger
  • Assistant county ranger
  • Open space park ranger
  • Natural resource specialist ii
  • Laborer
  • Dcnr ranger trainee