Segments in this Video

Park Ranger: Main Duties and Responsibilities (01:44)


Kevin Dials is the superintendent of Kanawha State Forest. His duties include project planning, supervising employees, and protecting public and natural resources.

Park Ranger: Career Beginnings (01:47)

Dials majored in parks and leisure services at Marshall University. He gained experience in summer positions and a naturalist training workshop on his way to becoming superintendent of Kanawha State Forest.

Park Ranger: Keys for Success (01:16)

Someone considering a career in this profession should compare the income and long hours to the sacrifices of living in the area and the demands of the job.

Park Ranger: Education and Certification Requirements (02:45)

Dials cites standard training and possible additional courses. Rangers must have a basic knowledge of nature to answer questions by the public.

Park Ranger: Workplace Atmosphere (02:14)

Weather, park events, and seasons affect Dials' job; no two days are alike. He spends time in his office for purchasing and facility improvement planning.

Park Ranger: Advice for Aspiring Pros (00:58)

Volunteer at a local state park or forest. Ask the superintendent about the job of park ranger.

Park Ranger: A Day on the Job (02:39)

Dials begins and ends each day with a park inspection. Some of his duties include meeting with staff to address concerns, returning messages, and depositing the previous day's revenue.

Park Ranger: Industry Goals and Services (01:13)

State parks and forests are operating more like businesses. To remain competitive, the Kanawha State Forest is upgrading campgrounds.

Park Ranger: Industry Challenges (01:04)

Funding for public recreation is a low government priority. Dials talks about non-profit foundations and creative ways to fund on-the-job training.

Park Ranger: Looking at the Future (01:06)

Dials believes support from the public and state lawmakers will keep parks and recreation areas in operation.

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Park Ranger—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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What is it like to be a Park Ranger? In this Career Q&A video interview, Kevin Dials talks about his career path, what he does on the job, and the keys to success maintaining and supervising a state park. He also offers candid advice on breaking into the profession as well as insight into the industry’s biggest challenges and how the field may change in the next ten years.

Length: 17 minutes

Item#: BVL166294

ISBN: 978-1-64481-305-8

Copyright date: ©2018

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