SOAR Program

"We are the department of all America. We represent the people of this country from Yosemite National Park and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Samoa and Guam, and the Virgin Islands. As the Department of America, our ranks should reflect the face of the American public we serve." - Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar


The SOAR Program is designed to introduce students of diverse backgrounds to careers in the National Park Service. The program represents a commitment to increase staff diversity at Grand Canyon National Park.

Each student employee will work closely with a staff mentor from their division of interest, as well as learn the broader functions of the National Park Service.


Program Description

The SOAR Program gives students a "jump start" in their chosen career fields by providing valuable, paid, work experience while they are still in school. After completion of their academic and work requirements, students may be eligible for permanent employment.

The SOAR Program consists of the following elements to assist selected candidates during their summer employment:

  • Orientation to Grand Canyon National Park and the National Park Service
  • Mentoring Program
  • Team/Relationship Building
  • Exploration of the Park and other interests/work assignments

Potential Opportunities

  • Interpretive Park Ranger
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Administrative Support
  • Fire Effects Monitor
  • Fire Ecology and Fuels Management
  • Engine Crew Member
  • Cultural Resources Technician
  • Management Support - Superintendent's Office
  • Concession Office Automation Assistant

Program Requirements

Students are eligible for the SOAR Program if they are:

  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree seeking student (diploma, certificate, etc) in an accredited institution; and
  • At least the minimum age required by Federal, state or local laws and standards governing the employment of minors; and
  • Taking at least half-time academic, vocational or technical course load in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school; and
  • Maintaining at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; and
  • A U.S. citizen or a national

Other Information

  • Positions will generally be May - August, 40 hours per week, and will generally be located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
  • Depending on the level of education and work experience, and the position, students could earn between $9.74 and $17.18 per hour.
  • Housing at the South Rim is provided at a minimal cost, ranging from $125 - $250 per pay period (every two weeks).

How to Apply

2013 Positions have not yet been announced. (as of January 28, 2013)
Please return to this page or check the Grand Canyon National Park Job feed at:

Questions? Contact the Diversity Program Coordinator, at 928-638-7375


SOAR Brochure (900kb PDF file)

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023


(928) 638-7888
This is the main phone number for general park questions.

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