"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 to careers in the National Park Service. The program represents a commitment to increase youth development and staff diversity at Grand Canyon National Park.
Each student volunteer or employee will work closely with a staff mentor and supervisor while gaining valuable job experience in the field, as well as learn the broader functions of the National Park Service.
The SOAR Program gives students a "jump start" in their chosen career fields by providing valuable, paid, or volunteer, work experience while they are still in school. After completion of their academic and work requirements, students may be eligible for seasonal or permanent employment.
The SOAR Program consists of the following elements to assist selected candidates during their employment:
Students are eligible for the SOAR Program if they are: