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Park Hosts National Park Career Day

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Date: May 2, 2014
Contact: Emily Guss, (865) 436-1713

Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites students, recent graduates, and their families to participate in a National Park Career Day on Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. where students will receive a behind-the-scenes look into National Park Service careers.

Park employees will lead hands-on activities that best demonstrate their job duties, while also providing career planning advice. Students will experience careers such as wildlife management, vegetation management, law enforcement, fire management, education, archaeology, fisheries management, engineering, and facility management. Participants will also have a special opportunity to connect with Grand Canyon National Park via Skype to learn about careers in other National Parks.

High School and college students are invited to participate individually or with their families. Middle school students are invited to participate, but parent participation is required. All participants should meet on the front porch of Park Headquarters at 9:30 a.m. which is located behind Sugarlands Visitor Center approximately 2 miles south of Gatlinburg, TN on Newfound Gap Road. Participants should be prepared to be outside for the entire Career Day with long pants, sturdy shoes, layered clothing, rain gear, lunch, and a notebook. The event will be held rain or shine.

If you are unable to attend this event, we also offer monthly Student Volunteer Days which are geared towards giving students a chance to help the park by working on a real science or service project. These Student Volunteer Days also benefit the student by giving them real experience to put on their resume and count towards service hours.

For any questions about this event, please contact Park Ranger Emily Guss at 865-436-1713.


Did You Know?

Scientists estimate that 100,000 different species live in the park.

What lives in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Although the question sounds simple, it is actually extremely complex. Right now scientists think that we only know about 17 percent of the plants and animals that live in the park, or about 17,000 species of a probable 100,000 different organisms.