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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