The National Park Service is dedicated to preserving our nation's natural and cultural history by protecting these resources and providing visitors with opportunities to experience and enjoy their National Parks.
Temporary and Seasonal Positions
The National Park Service hires approximately 10,000 seasonal employees each year. These positions are temporary and generally last 3 to 8 months depending on the needs of the individual park. Most summer seasonal positions are announced in December or January, although some announcements may open earlier. View the available jobs at USAJobs.gov.
Types of positions:
For detailed descriptions of these positions, please view our Positions and Descriptions guide (pdf, 21 KB)
Students and recent graduates (within 2 years) can refer the information in this Pathways Program flyer (pdf, 1113 kb).
Additional intern opportunities may be available. Please visit the Internships webpage for more information.
Permanent and Term Positions
Permanent and term jobs offer a complete benefits package, including health and life insurance and an outstanding retirement program. Some permanent jobs are year-round positions while others are subject-to-furlough. Term positions last from one to four years. Occasionally, permanent or term positions with the National Park Service become vacant. These jobs are often highly competitive. All open positions are announced on USAJobs.gov.
Jobs with the National Park Service - general information on permanent, temporary, seasonal, and volunteer positions with the NPS
USAJobs.gov - all NPS jobs, permanent and temporary, are listed on this website
Student Conservation Association (SCA) - a partner organization coordinates many student internships
Internships - intern information for Cape Lookout National Seashore
Volunteer - information on volunteer positions at Cape Lookout National Seashore
OPM forms - a list of Office of Personnel Management forms. If you choose to submit your application by fax or mail (check the job announcement to make sure this is allowed), use OPM-1203 FX to answer the questions on the Occupational Questionnaire.
New to the Federal Government FAQs - answers to common questions about employment with the federal government
Pathways Program - information for current students and recent graduates.
Did You Know?
Barrier islands, such as those of Cape Lookout National Seashore, are piles of sand. As storms come up from the ocean the beaches are constantly rearranged.