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Career opportunities
Parks and Natural Resources graduates work in beautiful outdoor surroundings. Many jobs are seasonal - mainly in the spring and summer - when most cleanup, planting, mowing and trimming takes place. You may need to relocate to work year-round. Job opportunities include working in a city or county park as a park attendant or naturalist; working in conservation, landscaping or environmental education; or working at a county conservation district. With a bachelor's degree, you can work as a ranger in a state or national park.

Earning potential
Entry-level, full-time employees can earn between $28,000 and $34,000 per year, with full benefit package. Some positions also provide housing at a park site, utilities and a work vehicle.

During the spring or summer between your first and second year, you will complete a paid, six-week internship at a city, county, state or federal park system; or by working for a private conservation organization. An internship gives you hands-on experience and may lead to a permanent position after graduation. If you need help finding an internship site, you can talk with local, state and regional employers during our on-campus job fair held each February.

Transfer opportunities
Kirkwood graduates with a Parks and Natural Resources degree can transfer to Upper Iowa University to complete a bachelor's degree in Conservation Management, Mount Mercy College to complete a B.A.S. in Outdoor Conservation, or into the Bachelor's of Technology program at Northwest Missouri State University. By taking additional courses in government, management, conservation, botany, zoology and ecology, you'll broaden your knowledge and career opportunities.

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