Ranger Matt with some of our small visitors

The National Park Service's Human Resources Employment Information website provides wide-ranging information relating to job opportunities. Because applying for federal employment is a tricky and precise business it is recommended that you talk with employees already working for the parks in the jobs you find of interest. They can often provide the greatest insight into how to successfully compete for the job you desire.

All Boston National Historical Park employees do two things: help visitors enjoy the park and protect and preserve the park for future generations. The majority of the summer employees fall into three positions:
Park Rangers (Law Enforcement): Perform law enforcement and resource protection duties, conduct employee first aid and fire training, etc.
Park Rangers and Park Guides (Interpretation): Staff visitor centers, lead tours and conduct interpretive talks, develop interpretive programs, etc.
Laborers: Maintain buildings, clean rest rooms, and collect trash. Laborers must be capable of lifting and carrying 50 pounds unassisted.

Every job in Boston National Historical Park requires contact with park visitors and the ability to answer visitor's basic questions. Boston NHP helps employees to learn both the questions and the answers. A college degree is required for a few of the jobs; it is desirable for others. Law enforcement jobs have specific requirements. All positions require the physical and mental ability to perform the repetitive parts of the job. Federal employment also requires employees to be 18 years of age or a high school graduate and at least 16 years of age. Employees must be United States citizens.

Seasonal pay ranges from about $12.00 per hour to about $16.00 per hour for the more skilled jobs. Limited housing is available in the park, with rent deducted from the paycheck. Seasonal employees with housing typically share dormitory-style living quarters at the Marine Barracks in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

All Seasonal and Permanent positions available in Boston National Historical Park are posted on the Office of Personnel Management's website at USAJobs.

Qualifications for Park Ranger Positions, (Job Series 0025), Grades GS-2 through GS-7

(Note: Most seasonal and permanent jobs at Boston National Historical Park are offered at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels)

For GS-2: High school diploma or equivalent OR 26 weeks of general experience (see below).

For GS-3: 1 year of education above high school with 6 semester hours of related course work OR 26 weeks of general experience and 13 weeks of specialized experience (see below).

For GS-4: 2 years of education above high school with 12 semester hours of related course work OR 26 weeks of general experience and 26 weeks of specialized experience (see below).

For GS-5: 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with 24 semester hours of related course work OR 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level.

For GS-7: One full academic year of graduate education related to the occupation or superior academic achievement OR 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 or GS-6 level.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.

Experience in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work that provided a familiarity with cultural history; techniques of resource protection and use; recreational use of public lands and facilities; enforcement of laws, rules, or regulations, fire prevention techniques and fire suppression methods, or the practice of interpersonal relations skills in dealing with the general public.

Experience that demonstrated the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled. Experience may have been in technical, administrative, or scientific work, recreation management, law enforcement or other park-related work.

Major study: Cultural resource management, history, archeology, anthropology, park and recreation management, law enforcement/police science, social sciences, museum sciences, business administration, public administration, behavioral sciences, sociology, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the management and protection of natural and cultural resources.

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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