Applying for a Job with the National Park Service

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The National Park Service doesn't just hire rangers. We employ mechanics and museum curators, data analysts and landscape architects, engineers and educators. 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 permanent and term vacancies, and check out the NPS Video "Yeah We're Beautiful" to see more about the NPS commitment to hire a workforce as diverse and inclusive as the natural resources and national stories that we steward.

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 Seasonal Law Enforcement Ranger? The National Park Service is looking for talented women and men to join their seasonal law enforcement ranks to protect our nation's most important resources and the people who visit them. Interested candidates must go through a Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP) offered at various colleges around the country, pass a federal background investigation, and be found qualified for placement. Click here for more information (external link).