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National Park Service Rangers

Trail Climb Nation would like to give some attention today to the men and women who do a fabulous job of maintaining our National Parks. From keeping them safe, clean, and naturally beautiful to telling the party boy in the next campground to turn down the music, these folks are simply amazing. – National Park Service Rangers.

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National Park Service Rangers are among the uniformed employees charged with protecting and preserving areas set aside in the National Park System.

Duties of the Ranger

The duties of the modern park ranger are as varied and diverse as the parks where they serve, and in recent years have become more highly specialized. The goal of all rangers remains to protect the park resources for future generations and to protect park visitors. The Rangers accomplish this by using professionalism and sometimes the overlapping of the different functions and specialties. An interpretive ranger may be trained in and perform fire suppression, emergency medicine, or search & rescue. Law enforcement rangers and other park employees may contribute to the mission of the interpretive ranger by helping park visitors  appropriately utilize facilities.

Interpretation and Education

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Education – Rangers engage in leading educational programs, meant to support visiting students in traditional academic settings. Rangers often develop education programs to help educators. Cultural resource education may include access to artifacts or replicas, and natural resource education may include the taking of samples, all under the supervision of a ranger to insure proper protection of the resources. Unlike interpretation, education programs will include the opportunity to assess learning.

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Interpretation – Park Rangers provide a wide range of informational services to visitors. Some Rangers provide practical information — driving directions, weather forecasts, etc. Rangers may provide guided tours about the park’s history, ecology or both. All uniformed rangers, regardless of their primary duties, are often expected to be experts on the resources in their care, whether they are natural or cultural.

Law enforcement

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All law enforcement officers are required to complete law enforcement training. Permanent employees are required to complete the National Park Service’s curriculum at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (F.L.E.T.C.) where they attend a lengthy and rigorous law enforcement training program. The permanent Ranger is then assigned a Field Training Park and upon completion returns to their duty station.

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