In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Organic Act establishing the agency and defining its core mission. Today, National Park Service employees at Mammoth Cave National Park strive to preserve and protect the park through resource education, visitor and resource protection, resource management and science, facilities management, and administration. Each function is vital to the operation and continued public use of the this special place. Explore our offices to gain a better understanding of how the National Park Service manages the park.
Office of the Superintendent
The Office of the Superintendent is located within the park at park headquarters. This office has the ultimate responsibility for managing a 52,830 acre park with a staff of nearly 150 National Park Service employees, a budget of approximately $6.7 million, concessions and commercial services, a safety program, all while cooperating with park partners and local communities where visitors spend an estimated $48.1 million each year.
The office of Administration manages important behind the scenes programs like budget, contracting, human resources, employee housing, property management, procurement, telecommunications, and information technology. While their work is not often noticed directly by park visitors, it directly effects park operations and NPS employees every day. Most administration functions are managed out of park headquarters.
Facilities Management oversees the operation of maintaining campgrounds, buildings, grounds, ferry operations, roads, trails, and utilities. They ensure public safety in facilities and manage facility rehabilitation and improvement projects throughout the park. Their work is vital to ensure the park functions properly and that visitors enjoy their experience while they are here.
Interpretation & Visitor Services
Staff in this division are the bridge between visitors and the park. These rangers work in the visitor center, collect fees, and provide cave tours, talks, walks, hikes, and campfire programs. They write and design roadside and indoor exhibits, publications, videos, webpages, and engage with the public through social media. They connect young visitors through Junior Ranger and environmental education programs.
Science & Resource Management
This office is responsible for the research and management of the park's archeology, geology, historic structures, vegetation, wildlife, air and water quality, and cave resources. S&RM staff also oversee the park museum collections consisting of 1,202,691 artifacts and specimens.
Visitor & Resource Protection
Mammoth Cave's law enforcement rangers provide safety and security for the park's visitors, employees, and its resources. They're in charge of emergency medical services, search and rescue, structural and wildland fire, and law enforcement. Learn more about the park's laws and policies.
Cumberland Piedmont Inventory and Monitoring Network
With offices housed at Mammoth Cave park headquarters, the Cumberland Piedmont Inventory and Monitoring Program is one of thirty two National Park Service I&M Networks across the country established to facilitate collaboration, information sharing, and economies of scale in natural resource monitoring. It is comprised of 14 national park units with diverse cultural and natural resources distributed across eight states (AL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA) and six different physiographic regions.
Last updated: January 6, 2022