recreation specialists are expected to be naturalists who are familiar
with plants, animals and their habitats. They are also expected
to be managers able to plan and operate specially designed parks
or other recreational areas, and also educators capable of communicating
the ecological and cultural uniqueness of their areas to visitors.
They are also expected to plan, manage and protect the natural resources
so they remain unspoiled for future generations.
Forest Recreation Management major in the Arthur Temple College
of Forestry at Stephen F. Austin State University prepares students
for an active role in the field of Forest Recreation. Job
opportunities in this field can be divided into three primary areas.
Interpretive Naturalists' job responsibilities may include preparing
and presenting educational programs, designing exhibits, guiding
hiking trips or trail walks and public relations for the park. Park
and recreation facility managers are responsible for the day-to-day
operations in parks and recreation areas. They must be trained not
only in natural resources, but also in the management of the developed
facilities and personnel of the park. Park planners are concerned
with the overall planning, design and development of park and recreation
resources to meet the needs of society while protecting the resources
of the park.