Unformatted text preview: Parks and Recreation Jobs By Heidi Guck Overview In this presentation, we will look at what is required in the field of Parks and Recreation and learn what a college student must acquire for this career. Montana National Park Interview with Steve Wyatt, Superintendent of Rolling Hills County Park Steve is an MSU Alumni! He graduated with a degree in Parks and Recreation. "You basically have to find your own way through it. Of course, take the required classes for the degree, but take some fun classes also. I took sailing my Junior year." "I thought I would be outside and working with natural resources. All of my twentytwo years working in the parks has been more maintenance based." Pictures from Rolling Hills Washtenaw County Park Park Rangers Getting the Job Most parks begin hiring people who are 16 years of age or older. Like any job, an application must be filled out and an interview held. If employed, the employee must attend the annual orientation for their job. The Ranger follows directions given by the Ranger Supervisor, who receives directions from the Superintendent. Park Rangers Tasks of the Job The day of a park ranger usually begins at 8am. Litter cleanup is first on the list. The ranger must maintain the cleanliness of the bathrooms, lodge rooms, and outbuildings. Trail grooming. Parking lot directing. Running the gatehouse, winter rentals. This means knowing how to handle money. Park rule enforcement. Must know how to appropriately confront park guests. Be friendly and helpful! Moving Up the Ladder Though you can start working as a ranger without any degree, having a degree increases your value as an employee. Without a degree, your pay begins at a set rate, and increases 25% every additional year you work at the park. Any degree increases your pay, but if you're serious about a career in parks and rec., you should acquire a Parks and Recreation degree. CPR and First Aid certificates are also very valued to employers. Class Requirements for a Natural Resource based PRR Bachelors degree at Michigan State
ISP PRR 388 ISB PRR 389 ISP/B Lab PRR 393 *WRA PRR 493 *2 IAH CSE 101 2 ISS STT 200 *MTH 116 *PSY 101 EC PRR 448 201/202 PRR 449 *PRR 213 PRR 302 PRR 215 PRR 295 PRR 293 *BS 110 PRR 351 CSS 210 PRR 370 FW 205 PRR 371 * = classes I have personally completed. Now for Everyone's #1 Question: What do these jobs pay? First year rangers, without a college degree, make $7.50 an hour. With a college degree, pay can be anywhere from $10.50 to $15 an hour. Each year a ranger works, their pay goes up $.15$1.00 an hour. The End
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- Spring '06
- Academic degree, Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Bachelor of Science, Licentiate