A Forest Ranger earns an average salary of $36,172 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$24,306 - $59,764
MEDIAN: $36,172

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$24,306 - $59,764  
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$24,472 - $58,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15

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Job Description for Forest Ranger

Forest rangers are responsible for helping preserve forests and protecting them from natural or manmade harm. They perform a wide variety of duties within the forest and in an administrative capacity. For example, they help create and maintain trails, make decisions on whether trails are safe to use, and prevent and respond to forest fires. Additionally, forest rangers help maintain fire-fighting equipment and may provide guidance and leadership for volunteer fire-fighting crews. They also perform activities to educate the public such as giving speeches and demonstrations to community and youth group on a wide variety of forest- and preservation-related topics.


Forest Ranger Tasks

  • Handle compliance inspections including land and resource use permits, and care of forest land.
  • Educate the public on the use of public lands and resources including visits to schools, fire fighters, and volunteer groups.
  • Perform search, rescue, and emergency incident management.
  • Oversee land use within park and perform law enforcement duties.
  • Fight wildfires.

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Job Satisfaction

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Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 13%