Applying for a Job with the National Park Service

The National Park Service doesn't just hire rangers. We employ mechanics and museum curators, data analysts and landscape architects, engineers and educators, law enforcement officers and firefighters. Many of our employees work on-site in our parks, but we also have a large urban presence in our regional and national offices.

To find opportunities for long-term employment, check out USAJobs for our current listing of vacancies.

Seasonal Employment

The National Park Service hires thousands of seasonal employees each year to welcome and educate visitors, conduct research, protect our resources, help keep our parks looking beautiful, and so much more. Seasons vary by park, but summer seasons generally operate between March and September, and winter seasons between October and February.

Tips When Applying to Seasonal Positions

  • The park service accepts applications for summer positions between October and February and for winter positions between July and August.
  • We post all seasonal vacancies on USAJobs. Search "National Park Service" and select "Temporary" in the Work Type field.
  • Some of the larger parks receive hundreds of applications for only a handful of openings, so your chances for selection may improve if you apply to a smaller park. Consider volunteering or interning with some of our youth program partners to gain additional experience.
  • For more information, see frequently asked questions about seasonal hiring.

Interested in Becoming a National Park Service Law Enforcement Ranger?

The National Park Service is looking for its next generation of law enforcement rangers, talented men and women who have a passion for protecting our nation's most important resources and the people who visit them. There are many different paths to employment. Learn how you can start a meaningful career as an NPS law enforcement ranger.
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Last updated: March 7, 2023