A forest ranger's duties include helping conquer forest fires, educating the public about forest safety, controlling wild animals, patrolling the area, and maintaining the environment. A bachelor's degree in forestry or an associate's degree with experience is required for this job.
So, what does a forest ranger get paid?
The highest paying state for park rangers is Pennysylvania, where a ranger earns an average of $22.50 per hour, $46,790 per year. The remaining top five paying states, in order of rank, include Alabama, Colorado, Massachusetts and Missouri. In Missouri, park rangers earn an average of $18.64 per hour, $38,780 per year.
What does it take to be a forest ranger?
Enroll in the right program. Most all forest ranger positions will require some college level education, with a minimum of an associates degree. Many require these credit hours be directed towards areas of study relevant to the position such as wildlife management or environmental science.