Description: A Park Superintendent is responsible for the management, operation, maintenance and protection of national or state-owned parks.
Knowledge Required: Law enforcement techniques, natural history, social conservation
Skills: Physical fitness, communication, organization, personnel management
Career Path: Park superintendents are encouraged to gain work experience and pursue a four-year degree in any of the following fields: botany, zoology, geology, natural history, recreation, park/resort management, forestry, conservation, business administration, or related natural sciences.
Best States for this Job: Montana, South Dakota, Alaska, Wyoming, Mississippi
Median Annual Income: National: $117,615 CA: $140,545
Future Growth: Employment of park superintendents is expected to grow by 12 percent during the 2008–18 decade, as the Federal and State governments expect a large number of their workers to retire over the next decade.
From the field: "It's really good to understand what the natural environment is about, your natural resources, but I think it's even more important to understand what your cultural resources are, of [your] particular country." - Gerard Baker, Park Superintendent, Mount RushmoreView more Day in the Life videos »