• Wizard Island

    Crater Lake

    National Park Oregon

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  • Vehicle-Free Days on East Rim Drive

    The park will host two vehicle-free days on East Rim Drive, September 20 and 27, 2014. Although East Rim Drive will be closed for these events, all other roads through the park will remain open to vehicular traffic. More »

  • Lost Creek Campground CLOSED Nights of 9/19 and 9/26

    Lost Creek Campground will be CLOSED from 3:00 PM Friday, 9/19 until 5:00 PM Saturday, 9/20 because of the temporary road closure to vehicles on East Rim Drive. It will also be CLOSED from 3:00 PM Friday, 9/26 until 5:00 PM Saturday, 9/27.

  • Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Effect

    To ensure public safety and to provide the highest degree of protection to park resources, restrictions on campfires, smoking, and fireworks are in effect. More »


wildland fire

NPS employee mopping up after a lightning strike.


Working at Crater Lake

The National Park Service hires both paid and unpaid employees. Some paid poistions are seasonal in nature, other are year-round. All paid positions are advertised on the federal employment website, www.usajobs.gov . You can search the site by state, locale, agency or job type. Summer positions at Crater Lake are usually advertised in January, February or March. Each year, we hire seasonal rangers for a variety of positions. These include fee collection, interpretation, trail crew, maintenance, wildland fire, lake research, and wildlife crews.

In addition to paid positions, each year Crater Lake National Park hires several interns (volunteers). We provide a small stipend, plus free housing. These internship opportunities are advertised on the website www.volunteer.gov. To find positions at Crater Lake, enter "97604" in the key word search box. You can also click on the state of Oregon on the US map and scroll down through the listings.

By law, the National Park Service is allowed to hire only US citizens for its paid positions. Applicants from other countries, however, are able to volunteer or to work for the park's concessionaire, Xanterra Parks & Resorts.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Algaphogopsis, also known as the Crater Lake Mite, is a microscopic animal that lives in the waters of Crater Lake.