Protect people, parks, and our shared heritage.
Law enforcement is a rewarding profession. Combine it with some of America's most amazing views, historically significant places and rich cultures and you have a fulfilling and noble career. The National Park Service (NPS) is looking for its next generation of law enforcement rangers – those trusted to protect the country's most precious resources.
We're proud that our law enforcement rangers come from all walks of life and cultures. Whether you're a veteran, a student, bilingual, or just looking for a meaningful career, there's a path to employment for you.
New Law Enforcement Hiring Initiative
We want you!
The National Park Service is seeking 24 outstanding individuals to participate in a 2021 law enforcement hiring initiative. Selected candidates will be matched with participating parks and attend the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in August 2021. Prior Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy (PRLEA, AKA “Seasonal Academy”) attendance is not required. These positions are currently open to apply on USAjobs.gov through April 9, 2021. Also find the open job announcements using the following links:
- Job Announcement for All US Citizens
- Job Announcement for Merit Promotion Candidates (see qualifications on the announcement)
- Job Announcement for Students and Recent Graduates
Being a US law enforcement park ranger is an incredibly rewarding career! As a federal law enforcement officer, you will be responsible for protecting precious natural, cultural, and historical resources, as well as keeping the public safe. You may also have the opportunity to perform emergency medical services, search and rescue, and wildland or structural firefighting. If you are seeking a career in public service and are motivated, passionate, and resilient, you could be a great fit for this job!
Are you or someone you know:
- A current status employee in the NPS or another federal agency, who is considering a career change to Visitor and Resource Protection?
- Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) eligible?
- Schedule A-eligible through a non-disqualifying disability?
- A current student or recent college graduate (within 2 years?)
- Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) eligible?
- Have another hiring authority not listed here?
We will also be flying an announcement open to all US citizens and are seeking Spanish-speaking candidates for some positions.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Law Enforcement Hiring Initiative
Learn more about the policies which support this effort. We are doing focused outreach in an effort to encourage highly qualified, diverse candidates to apply for these positions. Hiring decisions will not be made on the basis of any protected class.
The National Park Service is seeking some applicants who are able to communicate in multiple languages based on the location of some of our parks and the communities served by those parks. The National Park Service is highly interested in Spanish-speaking applicants for some positions, which will be noted in the application process.
The hiring team will work with candidates and parks on placement to ensure the best possible fit for both.
Training occurs on site at FLETC and students are housed in dormitories or hotels at no cost to the trainee. Students are employed and paid by their park while attending training.
Candidates who know they have a non-competitive hiring eligibility should reach out to Janet Kelleher. Please include your resume and applicable hiring authority.
NOTE: LMWFA and most Pathways applicants are still required to compete, and will need to apply through USAjobs.
Applicants being considered during the final interview stage will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a background investigation, physical fitness test, drug screen, and medical evaluation. Applicants may be required to complete psychological testing. If you are unable to pass one of these requirements you will not receive further employment consideration.
Learn more about the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) (PEB).
Prior to employment you will be required to pass the PEB with a score of 25% or higher in the Bench Press, 1.5 Mile Run, and the Illinois Agility Run. You will be required to participate in the Body Composition and Sit and Reach tests.
Look up required scores for your age and gender.
Learn more about the Medical Standards Program.
Learn more about FLETC Physical Performance Requirements (PPRs).
Reference Ranger-Specific Basic Training and Land Management Police Training.
An applicant has prior Federal service in a primary covered position sufficient to complete 20 years of service on or before the mandatory retirement age of 57;
An applicant is a qualified veterans' preference eligible, in which case the MEA is waived and their corresponding retirement age may be higher than 57 after completing 20 years of service.
Find opportunities designed for veterans
John's career with the NPS started after nine years as a Marine. He grew up going to the parks with his parents and continued his love for the outdoors into adulthood, when he served as a climbing instructor and rafting guide.
While hiking in the Grand Canyon for his 30th birthday, he realized that he could get paid to do the very activity he did in his free time. Like many veterans before him, he found success in transitioning from the military into law enforcement with the NPS.
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Become a part of a workforce that values diversity
Just as each park is unique, so are the different backgrounds and cultures that make up our law enforcement rangers.
Ranger Raul grew up in the Miami area, worked his way up through NPS dispatching and now serves as a law enforcement ranger protecting the same area he has cherished since his childhood—an area that is richly diverse in cultural and historical significance.
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Our rangers serve in parks across the country, including parks in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The NPS embraces the diversity of America's people and is committed to building and maintaining a workforce that draws from all segments of our society.
Start learning in a seasonal training program
If you ask an NPS law enforcement ranger what he or she likes best about their career, you will most likely hear that every day is different, which makes going to work exciting and challenging.
Kayla Sanders has worked with the NPS as a law enforcement ranger from "cities to swamps," as she says. She graduated from college, went through one of the seasonal training academies and now has launched her career with the NPS.
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Last updated: March 31, 2021