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Range Manager  What They Do

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Conservation Scientists Career Video



Researches or studies range land management practices to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resource Systems pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Regulates grazing, and helps ranchers plan and organize grazing systems in order to manage, improve and protect rangelands and maximize their use.
  • Measures and assesses vegetation resources for biological assessment companies, environmental impact statements, and rangeland monitoring programs.
  • Maintains soil stability and vegetation for non-grazing uses, such as wildlife habitats and outdoor recreation.
  • Mediates agreements among rangeland users and preservationists as to appropriate land use and management.
  • Studies rangeland management practices and researches range problems to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.
  • Manages forage resources through fire, herbicide use, or revegetation to maintain a sustainable yield from the land.
  • Offers advice to rangeland users on water management, forage production methods, and control of brush.
  • Tailors conservation plans to landowners' goals, such as livestock support, wildlife, or recreation.
  • Plans and directs construction and maintenance of range improvements such as fencing, corrals, stock-watering reservoirs and soil-erosion control structures.
  • Develops technical standards and specifications used to manage, protect and improve the natural resources of range lands and related grazing lands.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Conservationist --
  • Grassland Conservationist --
  • Habitat Management Coordinator --
  • Land Management Supervisor --
  • Natural Resource Manager --
  • Natural Resource Specialist --
  • Range Technician --
  • Rangeland Management Specialist --
  • Resource Manager --
  • Wildlife Manager --