The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program at Rocky Mountain National Park provides opportunities for in-service teachers of Colorado's Front Range who are within a one-day's field trip distance to spend the summer working in Rocky Mountain National Park connecting with the resources and participating in a variety of duties that suit their interests and the needs of the park's education program. Teachers lead activities and develop lesson plans based on their park experience for use in the classroom and park. The program focuses on teachers from schools with ethnically diverse student populations, who have had little or no experience with national parks or limited opportunity to explore them. Teachers from Title I schools are especially encouraged to apply.
Classroom teachers are detailed as park rangers to Rocky Mountain National Park through an Inter-Governmental Personnel Act (IPA) agreement with the University of Colorado, Denver. Teachers spend 8-10 weeks working and living in the park. During this time, the park provides a ranger uniform, shared housing, and a stipend. Once they return to their schools, teacher-rangers bring national parks into the classroom throughout the school year. During National Park Week in April, teacher-rangers wear their NPS uniform to school and engage students and other teachers in activities that relate to Rocky Mountain and other NPS sites.
To Rocky Mountain National Park:
Potential Park Experiences
Teacher - Ranger assignments and projects will depend upon the individual hired and current park projects. Training in natural and cultural history and the National Park Service mission will be provided. Duties may include observing, preparing, and presenting educational or public programs; planning and facilitating summer camp programs; developing educational and interpretive materials and media; providing community outreach; working with other divisions in the park; and assisting with teacher workshops.
Hiring has ended for the 2013 summer season. Click here to view the application.
Did You Know?
You can virtually explore the anatomy of glaciers. Watch glaciers ebb and flow over the last 18,000 years. Tour the landscape as ice shapes and molds it. Launch the interactive web pages featuring the Glaciers and Glacier Change in RMNP. More...