Career as a Forest Range Officer
Forest Range Officers are responsible for the forests, environment and wildlife-related issues of a forest range. Forest range officer works in the management and protection of public lands in state or federal forests and grasslands. Firefighting is their primary responsibility -- and they have the final say when it comes to wildfires. They're responsible for enforcing laws on forest preservation regarding timber theft, water quality, litter, and open burning. Forest rangers also liaise with the general public during educational or recreational visits. 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. Forest rangers are responsible for protecting and conserving natural resources, particularly in forests and rangelands. Forest Rangers are often the first responders to natural or manmade threats to forest areas and rangelands. They help combat forest fires and perform search and rescue missions. They may also work to prevent harm by patrolling forest areas on foot or in vehicles, snowmobiles and ATVs. Additional duties may also include ensuring that individuals are in compliance with state laws in regards to hunting, fishing and camping; they also enforce those state laws. Another aspect of a forest ranger's job involves educating the public. Rangers may be called upon to speak with groups of adults and kids to teach them how to enjoy the forest without harming it or themselves. They may also speak in schools or with specific youth groups.