National Park Service opens more than 250 jobs in the Pacific Northwest

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Crater Lake National Park is one of several Northwest national parks currently hiring.

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News Release Date: December 19, 2016

If you ever dreamed of working for the National Park Service, now is the time. The National Park Service has more than 250 seasonal job openings for the summer of 2017 in more than ten parks across the Pacific Northwest.

These openings are for a wide variety of positions, including backcountry rangers, entrance station fee collectors, archeologists, motor vehicle operators, carpenters and more. The jobs are available at multiple national park sites in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Many jobs range in pay from $14 to $20 an hour.

“What better way to spend a summer than getting paid to work and live in a national park,” stated Pacific West Regional Director Laura Joss. “Seasonal jobs are a great way to get your start with the National Park Service, whether you are beginning your career or looking for a change.”

Applications must be submitted on the website The site can be easily searched from the home page by entering “National Park Service” in the keywords field and any state name, such as Washington, in the location field. Applicants may create a profile on the website in advance to save time once the hiring process begins, which is recommended.

Application timelines vary depending on the specific position, and some are open for only a short period. Those interested in finding more information about a specific position are encouraged to contact the national park hosting the position.

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 413 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. 

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Park-specific media contacts:
Mount Rainier National Park – Kathy Steichen, 360-569-6562
Olympic National Park – Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
North Cascades National Park – Denise Shultz, 360-854-7302
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area – Denise Bausch, 509-754-7886
Crater Lake National Park – Marsha McCabe, 541-594-3091
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument – Shelley Hall, 541-987-2333 ext. 1212
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve – Ted Stout, 208-527-1330
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument – Judy Geniac, 208-933-4110
Minidoka National Monument – Judy Geniac, 208-933-4110
Nez Perce National Historical Park – Scott Eckberg, 208-843-7051

Last updated: December 19, 2016

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