National Park Service Employment
The National Park Service (NPS) currently has funding for about 13,000 full-time employees nationwide. Some of these jobs are not filled, while others are filled by short-term (seasonal) employees. Each year, the National Park Service fills jobs in many fields, including interpretation, maintenance, administration, resources management, education, dispatch communications, and law enforcement. Some jobs are office oriented, while others focus on working with the public, school children, or natural and cultural resources. Many jobs will be permanent, some will be filled for "terms" of one to four years, while others will be filled seasonally.
Types of jobs
Many people desire permanent or term jobs with the National Park Service, which can be highly competitive. However, many people also desire work of a short-term or seasonal nature as well.
Most National Park Service units offer summer and winter seasonal jobs. The summer season usually runs from early May through mid-September, although some parks have seasons that start earlier and end later. Winter seasonal jobs usually run from October through March.
Employment with the National Park Service is limited to citizens of the United States. However, if you are not a citizen, you may still volunteer your time for the National Park Service or work with a nonfederal entity.
Many opportunities are available to work in a national park. Each job performs a vital function--that of providing visitors an opportunity to enjoy a unique experience, while working hard to preserve natural and cultural resources for future generations.
Some exceptions allow all citizens of the United States, without regard to prior federal service, to apply for a vacancy. Examples of non-competitive hiring appointments include: Veterans' Readjustment Appointment (VRA), Mentally and Physically Disabled, returning Peace Corps Volunteer, and Student Career Employment Program (SCEP).
If you are interested in a vacancy, you must submit an application or resume for a specific job announcement. If you do not have a resume or application prepared, you can use an optional application form (OF-612) [132 kb PDF].
Tips for applying
Several-page-long resumes are common!
Here are some suggestions to apply for a job with Lassen Volcanic National Park and other National Park Service units. Submittal requirements may vary depending on the announcement, so be sure to check with the personnel office announcing the position for specific requirements.
Step 1: Obtain a vacancy announcement
Step 2: Carefully read the vacancy announcement
Specific job information includes:
Position: This is the title of the position being announced, the nature of the position (such as term, permanent), and the pay level of the position.
Announcement Number: All announcements are assigned numbers for identification purposes. Be sure to include the announcement number on ALL pages of the application.
Salary Range: The annual minimum to maximum range of salary or hourly salary rate for this position.
Opening Date: The date the vacancy announcement was released to the public.
Closing Date: The date by which the personnel office should receive the application. Some personnel offices accept a postmark by this date, so read carefully.
Area of Consideration: Identifies who can apply for the position.
Qualification Requirements: Indicates the work experiences or education required to meet the minimum qualifications for the position. It may list a variety of positions through which an applicant may have gained your experience. Read this section carefully.
Statement of Duties: Otherwise known as the job description, where the duties of the job are listed.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (otherwise known as KSAs): Applicants should respond to these questions. Answers to these questions are as important as a resume or application form. While providing this information is optional, doing so will enhance an application and provide the selecting official with more details of the applicant's work experience.
Step 3: Complete Your Application
Did You Know?
The reddish color sometimes observed on top of snow at Lassen Volcanic NP snow is a living organism called snow algae. When snow begins to thaw, these microscopic organisms spring to life. They function as a primary food source and are being studied for their cancer-fighting properties.