Print

Job Board >> Browse Articles >> featured

+2

National Park Service Careers

National Park Service Careers

(Source: NPS)

Peter Vogt / Monster.com

More than 20,000 Americans work to preserve and protect the United States of America’s most prominent natural, historical and recreational resources. They are the employees of the National Park Service (NPS).

One of eight Department of the Interior bureaus, the NPS oversees 380 locations covering 83 million acres across the US and its territories.

This range of responsibilities results in Park Service career opportunities like these:


Park Rangers


Park rangers oversee national parks, historical sites and recreational areas across the country. Sites range from the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone to Gettysburg National Military Park and the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Advance Your Career

  • Do you want to learn more about careers with the federal government? Find one here.
  • Looking for scholarships to take your skill set to the next level? Find one here.

Individuals filling these positions are involved in a variety of tasks – from protecting property, developing interpretive material, and investigating complaints and accidents to running campgrounds, enforcing laws and regulations, and contributing to fire control efforts.


Fire Management Professionals


Employees of the Park Service’s Fire and Aviation Management program work to prevent and fight fires that threaten lives or property. In some cases, they also ignite fires intentionally as a way to recreate or restore natural environments.

In addition to several types and levels of firefighters, this program also employs:

Ecologists who conduct research and gather information for the development of fire management plans. Geographic information system specialists who analyze geographic data as part of fire planning and fire prevention and suppression efforts. Biological technicians who perform routine field and laboratory tasks in support of vegetation and fire-monitoring programs.


U.S. Park Police


Most members of the US Park Police work in metropolitan Washington, DC, protecting lives there as officers from any other urban police department would. However, US Park Police officers can also be assigned to other Park Service areas – though often on a temporary basis – as well as to the Gateway National Recreation Area in New York City or the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco.

This force includes horse-mounted, motorcycle, helicopter and canine units, as well as a special equipment and tactics team and investigative and security officers.


Guards


Uniformed guards – many of whom work as a sub-unit of the Park Police in the National Capitol Region – patrol assigned areas to protect them from fire, theft, damage or trespassing. Most of these positions are part-time and require people with security backgrounds who can work irregular hours.


Maintenance Workers


Throughout the country, the Park System employs general laborers, maintenance personnel, carpenters and painters, electricians and plumbers, and others who maintain roads and trails, equipment, buildings and grounds.


Administrators


Managerial and financial employees support the NPS’s work. Among them:

1) Management and systems analysts who work to improve the Park Service’s organizational, communication and data-processing functions.
2) Administrators who oversee personnel and budgets, and manage supplies and properties.
3) Clerical personnel who work in almost every area of the Park Service.
4) Accountants, many of whom work in NPS’s Washington, DC, offices.
5) Writers and editors who manage the Park Service’s publications and public information programs.
6) Museum employees who design exhibits and manage collections on NPS properties.


Competition for Park Service jobs is often keen, and not all positions are open to external applicants, according to the Park Service’s Web site. So you may need to get your foot in the door as a temporary or seasonal employee, or become one of the more than 100,000 people who volunteer with the NPS each year. If you’re a college student, you can explore internship possibilities by finding out if the park you’re interested in offers learning opportunities.

One important note: You must be an American citizen to be eligible for employment with the Park Service, and in some cases, you may have to meet age and physical qualifications.


+2
  • Bestdscard_max50

    Mineo

    about 3 years ago

    108 comments

    Funda iphone | Funda iPhone4 I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often ..Funda iPhone 4 | Funda iPhone4 | caso iphone 4G |Funda de iphone4 | Funda iphone | Funda iPad2 | Carcasa Iphone 4 | Accesorios iPhone | accesorios ipad | Accesorios iPhone 4G | Funda iPad2 | Funda iPad2 | Funda iPad2 | accesorios ipad2

  • Bestdscard_max50

    Mineo

    about 3 years ago

    108 comments

    ? Supercard DSTWO | acekard I recently came accross your Acekard 2i blog and have M3i Zero been reading Supercard along. I thought AK2i I would leave my dstwo comment. I dont know DSTTi what to say except that R4i Gold I have enjoyed reading. Nice R4i blog. r4i-sdhc I will keep Ez flash visiting this blog R4 DS very often..DSTT | Acekard 3DS | Supercard 3DS | Supercard DSTWO 3DS | acekard

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    jtcharters

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    just looking for a jod outdoors with the gov. where do i start e-mail me at jtcharters@windstream.net thanks jason c.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    Shadowcat99

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    To all those people posting their email addresses, I hope someone responded. there are a lot of books available on Amazon that would be helpful with your KSA write-ups. As alot of people have posted, it's the KSA write-up that really counts with your application, and getting those "Key Words" on your application as well. The more key-words you are able to have, the higher your application ranking will be with the computers that run the initial query at USAjobs.gov. My husband is actually TSA, and it was with the help of one of the several books I picked up at Amazon about KSA write-up's that he was finally able to get his government job.

    Best of luck to you all!

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    jtbj

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I'm a two time deployed Vet. looking to become a Park Ranger if you could email me any info that would help .joseph.buckley@us.army.mil

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    wknight

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I worked for NPS for an internship in the Southeast Utah Group and I loved it!

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    523762893

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I'm a Pilot in both helicopters, multiengine aircraft. A vet with 20%. I have always wanted to be a Park Ranger and help our forest service. Please let me know if I can help e-mail at bott_donald@yahoo.com

  • 100_0331_1__max50

    ajmclemo

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I am looking for a Job with the Park Service, so I can help my country and use my knowledge that I received at ASU West under the Recreation and Tourism Program.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    BG3

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Great

  • Coz_jane_on_beach_max50

    Hopeful_Lee26

    almost 6 years ago

    30 comments

    I'm a secretary, and am looking for someone "out there" who knows how their system works. Thanks!

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    DanKasper

    over 6 years ago

    4 comments

    nice

Govcentral School Finder

Save time in your search for a degree program. Use GovCentral's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.