Become A Law Enforcement Ranger

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If not you, then who? Create positive change, be a part of the legacy, and trailblaze the future by joining National Park Service law enforcement, which protects our natural and cultural heritage and the many people who come out to enjoy these special places.

Rangers Rosileen Ferioli and Heather Hamilton, Trainee Nathan Edgerton, and Ranger Brandon Higgins
Rangers Rosileen Ferioli and Heather Hamilton, Trainee Nathan Edgerton, and Ranger Brandon Higgins

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.

Learn about our training and employment process

Find Positions and Locations

Apply for National Park Service law enforcement positions at USA Jobs. The National Park Service may fill law enforcement positions at any of the below locations:

The National Park Service may fill law enforcement positions at any of the below locations: 
Park City and State

Acadia National Park 

Bar Harbor, Maine

Winter Harbor, Maine 

Amistad National Recreation Area 

Del Rio, Texas

Arches National Park 

Moab, Utah

Assateague Island National Seashore 

Berlin, Maryland

Badlands National Park 

Interior, Sourth Dakota

Bandelier National Monument 

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Big Bend National Park 

Big Bend National Park, Texas

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area 

Fort Smith, Montana

Big Cypress National Preserve 

Ochopee, Florida

Biscayne National Park 

Homestead, Florida

Big South Fortk National River & Recreation Area 

Stearns, Kentucky

Oneida, Tennessee

Big Thickett National Preserve 

Kountze, Texas

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Montrose, Colorado  

Blue Ridge Parkway 

Blowing Rock, North Carolina

James River, Virginia

Bedford County, Virginia

Laurel Springs, North Carolina

Spruce Pine, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina

Waynesville, North Carolina

Floyd, Virginia

Vinton, Virginia

Big Island, Virginia

Montebello, Virginia

Boston National Historical Park 

Boston, Massachusetts

Charlestown, Massachusetts

Concord, Massachusetts

Bryce Canyon National Park 

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Buffalo National River 

Yellville, Arkansas

St. Joe, Arkansas

Marble Falls, Arkansas

Harrison, Arkansas

Cabrillo National Monument 

San Diego, California 

Cape Cod National Seashore 

Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Provincetown, Massachusetts

Eastham, Massachusetts

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Buxton, North Caorlina 

Nags Head, North Caorlina 

Ocracoke, North Caorlina 

Capek Lookout National Seashore 

Harkers Island, North Caorlina 

Canyonlands National Park 

Monticello, Utah

Capitol Reef National Monument 

Torrey, Utah 

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument 

St. Augustine, Florida

Catoctin Mountain Park 

Thurmont, Maryland

Carlsbad Caverns National Park 

Carlsbad, New Mexico 

Chamizal National Memorial

El Paso, Texas

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area 

Sandy Springs, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park 

Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia

Chaco Culture National HIstorical Park 

Nageezi, New Mexico 

Chickasaw National Recreation Area 

Sulphur, Oklahoma 

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park 

Sharpsburg, Maryland

Williamsport, Maryland

Hancock, Maryland

Cumberland, Maryland

Christiansted National Historic Site 

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Colonial National Historical Park

Yorktown, Virginia 

Jamestown, Virginia 

Cowpens National Monument 

Gaffney, South Carolina

Crater Lake National Park 

Crater Lake, Oregon 

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park 

Middlesboro, Kentucky  

Cumberland Island National Seashore 

St. Marys, Georgia 

Curecanti National Recreation Area 

Gunnison, Colorado 

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Peninsula, Ohio 

Brecksville, Ohio 

Denali National Park & Preserve

Denali Park, Arkansas

Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower, Wyoming

Death Valley National Park 

Death Valley, California 

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area 

Bushkill, Pennsylvania 

Dinosaur National Monument 

Jensen, Utah 

Dinosaur, Colorado 

Dry Tortugas National Park 

Key West, Florida 

El Morro National Monument 

Grants, New Mexico 

Everglades National Park 

Miami, Florida 

Ochopee, Florida 

Everglades City, Florida 

Homestead, Florida 

Key Largo, Florida 

Flamingo, Florida 

Fire Island National Seashore 

Patchogue, New York 

Mastic Beach, New York 

West Islip, New York 

Oyster Bay, New York 

Flight 93 National Memorial 

Shanksville Pennsylvania 

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine 

Baltimore, Maryland

Fort Necessity National Battlefield 

Farmington, Pennsylvania 

Fort Pulaski National Monument 

Savannah, Georgia  

Fort Sumter & Fort Multrie National Historical Park 

Sullivan's Island, Sourth Carolina

Mount Pleasant, Sourth Carolina 

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park 

Fredericksburg, Virginia 

Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve 

Fairbanks, Alaska

Gateway National Recreation Area 

Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey

Highlands, New Jersey 

George Washington Birthplace National Monument 

Colonial Beach, Virginia 

Glacier National Park 

West Glacier, Montana

St. Mary, Montana

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve 

Bartlett Cove, Alaska

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area 

Page, Arizona

Halls Crossing (San Juan County), Utah

Hite (San Juan County), Utah

Bullfrog (Kane County), Utah

Golden Gate National Recreation Area 

San Francisco, California 

Sausalito, California 

Grand Canyon National Park 

Grand Canyon Arizona

Marble Canyon (Lees Ferry), Arizona

North Rim Arizona

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve 

Mosca, Colorao

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 

Bryson City, North Carolina

Townsend, Tennessee

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Cherokee, North Carolina 

Cosby, Tennessee

Grand Teton National Park 

Moose, Wyoming

Colter Bay, Wyoming

Gulf Islands National Seashore 

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Gulf Breeze, Florida

Haleakalā National Park 

Kipahulu, Hawaii

Kula, Hawaii

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park 

Hawaii National Park, Hawaii

Hot Springs National Park 

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Independence National Historical Park 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Indiana Dunes National Park 

Porter, Indiana

Isle Royale National Park 

Houghton, Michigan

Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

Gateway Arch National Park 

St. Louis, Missouri

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve 

Marrero, Louisiana

Jimmy Carter National Historical Park 

Plains, Georgia

Joshua Tree National Park 

Twentynine Palms, California 

Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park 

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Kalaupapa National Historical Park 

Kalaupapa, Hawaii 

Katmai National Park & Preserve 

King Salmon, Alaska

Brooks Camp, Alaska

Kennesaw Mountain National Military Park 

Kennesaw, Georgia 

Kings Mountain National Military Park 

Blacksburg, South Dakota

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park 

Skagway, Alaska

Lava Beds National Monument 

Tulelake, California 

Lake Mead National Recreation Area 

Clark County, Nevada

Boulder City, Nevada

Bullhead City, Arizona

Searchlight, Nevada

Willow Beach, Arizona

Temple Bar, Arizona

Mohave County, Arizona

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area 

Fritch, Texas

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area 

Davenport, Washington

Kettle Falls, Washington

Lassen Volcanic National Park 

Mineral, California 

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument 

Crow Agency, MT 

Little River Canyon National Preserve 

Fort Payne, Alabama

Lowell National Historical Park 

Lowell, Massachusetts

Mammoth Cave National Park 

Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

Minute Man National Historical Park 

Concord, Massachusetts

Lincoln, Massachusetts

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park 

Atlanta, Georgia 

Manassas National Battlefield Park 

Manassas, Virginia

Mesa Verde National Park 

Mesa Verde, Colorado

Missouri National Recreational River 

Yankton, South Dakota 

Montezuma Castle National Monument 

Camp Verde, Arizona

Mojave National Preserve 

Kelso, California 

Monocacy National Battlefield 

Frederick, Maryland

Mount Rushmore National Memorial 

Enumclaw, Washington

Longmire, Washington

Mount Rushmore National Memorial 

Keystone, South Dakota 

Natchez Trace Parkway 

Cherokee, Alabama

Franklin, Tennessee

Hohenwald, Tennessee

Tupelo, Mississippi  

Mantee, Mississippi   

Kosciusko, Mississippi  

Port Gibson, Mississippi  

Ridgeland, Mississippi  

New River Gorge National Park & Preserve 

Lansing, West Virginia 

Beaver, West Virginia 

Glen Jean, West Virginia 

Niobrara National Scenic River 

Valentine, Nebraska 

North Cascades National Park 

Marblemount, Washington

Ocmulgee National Historical Park 

Macon, Georgia 

Plains, Georgia 

Olympic National Park 

Forks, Washington

Port Angeles, Washington

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument & Preserve 

Cave Junction, Oregon

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument 

Ajo, Arizona

Ozark National Scenic Riverways 

Van Buren, Arkansas

Eminence, Missouri 

Stillwater, New York 

Padre Island National Seashore 

Corpus Christi, Texas 

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument 

Saint George, Utah 

Petrified Forest National Park 

Petrified Forest, Arizona 

Pearl Harbor National Memorial 

Honolulu, Hawaii 

Petersburg National Battlefield 

Petersburg, Virginia 

Petroglyph National Monument 

Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Pinnacles National Park 

Soledad, California 

Paicines, California 

Point Reyes National Seashore 

Point Reyes Station, California 

Prince William Forrest Park 

Triangle, Virginia 

Redwood National & State Parks 

Crescent City, California 

Orick, California 

Richmond National Battlefield Park 

Richmond, Virginia 

Rocky Mountains National Park 

Grand Lake, Colorado 

Estes Park, Colorado

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park 

San Antonio, Texas

Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

Trego, Wisconsin 

Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin 

Saguaro National Park 

Tucson, Arizona

San Juan National Historic Site 

San Juan, Puerto Rico 

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area 

Thousand Oaks, California 

Newbury Park, California 

Malibu, California 

Saratoga National Historical Park 

Stillwater, New York

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks 

Three Rivers, California 

Kings Canyon National Park, California

Sequoia National Park, California 

Shenandoah National Park 

Luray, Virginia

Big Meadows, Virginia

Sitka National Historical Park 

Sitka, Alaska

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 

Empire, Minnesota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park 

Watford City, North Dakota

Medora, North Dakota 

Upper Delaware National Scenic & Recreational River 

Beach Lake, Pennsylvania 

Valley Forge National HIstorical Park 

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

Valles Caldera National Preserve 

Jemez Springs, New Mexico

Virgin Islands National Park 

St. John, US Virgin Islands

Voyageurs National Park 

International Falls, Minnesota

Western Arctic National Parklands 

Kotzebue, Alaska

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 

Whiskeytown, California 

White Sands National Park 

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Wind Cave National Park 

Hot Springs, South Dakota

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield 

Republic, Missouri

Wrangell - St. Elias National Park & Preserve 

McCarthy, Alaska

Copper Center, Alaska

Yellowstone National Park 

Yellowstone National Park, Montana

  Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yosemite National Park

Mariposa County, California

Yosemite, California

Yukon - Charley Rivers National Preserve 

Fairbanks, Alaska

Zion National Park 

Mount Carmel Junction, Utah

Springdale, Utah

Series of posters for law enforcement recruitment showing profiles of of people in park scenes and ranger hats

The National Park Service is actively recruiting for new law enforcement rangers to join our team! Prior attendance of a Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy (PRLEA, also known as “Seasonal Academy”) is not a prerequisite for consideration. Prior NPS experience is not required. Jobs will be posted approximately 3 times each year, for multiple locations across the service.

Are you or someone you know:

If so, you could be a good candidate for this opportunity! We also advertise announcements open to the public, and U.S. military veterans receive preference. Learn more about Veteran’s Preference in federal hiring.

Frequently Asked Questions About Changes to NPS Law Enforcement Hiring Initiative

One of our goals is to prioritize recruitment of applicants who are underrepresented in our law enforcement workforce, including women and diverse candidates. “Diversity” in this context is used to describe individuals from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds, as well as gender, sexual orientation, and those with certain disabilities. 
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. 

Yes, candidates who successfully complete training will be fully commissioned federal law enforcement officers in the NPS. They will be required to carry a gun, make arrests, conduct investigations, and perform all the other duties incumbent upon the job. 

Learn more about the benefits of working for the federal government. Starting salary is dependent on what grade level you are hired at (GL-5, 7, or 9). The full performance level of these positions is a GL-9. Exact rates may vary by location. View law enforcement pay tables

Any park with a law enforcement vacancy can participate in the group advertisement. Applicants can select the locations they are interested in working at during the application process. 

The NPS advertises these positions through multiple competitive authorities, including postings for current federal employees, current students and recent graduates (within 2 years), Land-Management Workforce Flexibility Act eligibles, and all US citizens. Veteran’s Preference will be utilized as applicable. All postings will be searchable on

Resume review teams and interview panels will be comprised of subject-matter experts, including current NPS law enforcement specialists, field rangers, and supervisors. 
The hiring team will work with candidates and parks on placement to ensure the best possible fit for both. 

Selected candidates will attend training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. Completion of Ranger-Specific Basic Training (RSBT) and Land Management Police Training (LMPT) are expected to take 17 weeks. Completion of the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) is a mandatory next step and takes approximately 11 weeks, not including travel time. FTEP may or may not occur at the candidate’s employing park. 
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. 

For the purposes of this initiative, if you are eligible for an existing hiring flexibility (such as Veterans Recruitment Authority or Schedule A) the NPS may elect to non-competitively place you in one of the available law enforcement positions. 
NOTE: Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act and most Pathways applicants are still required to compete, and will need to apply through

If you are applying to a announcement, requirements for consideration will be thoroughly detailed in the job postings. Be sure to read through them carefully and ensure that your application package contains any necessary supporting materials. 
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)
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

Being a US law enforcement park ranger is a physically demanding job that requires a high level of fitness and other physical performance requirements. Additionally, it can be mentally, emotionally, and psychologically challenging. A non-disqualifying disability is one that still allows you to perform the essential functions of the job with little to no assistance. Prospective rangers must be able to pass a fitness test and medical exam prior to employment. 
Learn more about the Physical Efficiency Battery (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

Yes, current and previous NPS seasonal employees and those who have attended a PRLEA are strongly encouraged to apply. 

This is a primary position covered by enhanced retirement provisions which stipulate mandatory retirement at age 57 after 20 years of service. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, and must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment to this position. Two exceptions are allowed: 
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. Learn about opportunities for veterans.

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. 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. Learn about efforts to encourage diversity

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. Learn about seasonal training programs.

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    Last updated: April 12, 2024