Dream Job Essay

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Dream Job

Scott Dooley
7th Hour
December 18th 2001

Career Project
A career I would be interested in pursuing is being a park ranger. This job interests me
because I love spending time outdoors and with people. It also is an interest of mine to
keep our wonderful parks and woodland environments safe and to have them still be around
for many more generations to come.

The job of a park ranger is to enforce laws, regulations and policies in national, state,
county, or municipal parks with dangerous wildlife, bad terrain, or in bad weather
situations. Park rangers do task such as vehicle and personal registration, fee
collections and issuing of permits. They must give information about the park use, safety
requirements and special points of interest. Park rangers also help in the care and
maintenance or parks. They help visitors utilize the natural surroundings that they visit.
Park rangers are involved in the police aspect of parks also. They direct traffic,
investigate accidents, and patrol to help prevent fires, theft, and vandalism. They can
evict or arrest persons who violate park rules and regulations. Park rangers take part in
rescue and first aid when needed. Rangers in certain climates might specialize such as
snow safety or avalanche control. Conservation is key with park ranges. They study
wildlife behavior, plants, water, and pollution, plus the use of parklands. Some may be
involved in the planning, construction, maintenance, landscaping, or management of park
facilities. Helpful qualities for a park ranger are the ability to accept responsibility,
good communication skills, and ability to work independently, and the ability to react
appropriately in emergency situations. Some physical demands park rangers might come
across frequently include: climbing, reaching, handling, fingering, talking, hearing,
close vision, kneeling, and color vision.

Park rangers need at least two years of college with at least twelve credits in science
and criminal justice. Most park ranger positions require a bachelor's degree as well.
Also, a master's degree is helpful for advancement into supervisory positions. Also, to
become a park ranger there is no special licensing or certification required. There are
three major degrees that are preferred. These include: parks, recreation, and leisure
studies, business or public administration, and natural sciences. The one that I am
interested in studying is Parks, Recreation, and Leisure studies. This major is offered at
a variety of schools. The school I have chosen is Central Missouri State University.

Admission requirements for Central Missouri State University are like most other state
schools. The preferred admission test ACT. The average ACT score for the University's
freshman is 22.0. The high school credit requirements go as followed: English: 4 years,
Math: 3 years, Social Studies: 3 years. Foreign Language: 2 years, Lab Science: 2 years,
Visual/Performing Arts: 1 year. The tuition and fees for this school if you are from out
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