Development Opportunities

A Teacher-Ranger working near a lake in Mount Rainier National Park.
A Teacher-Ranger working near a subalpine lake.

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Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program
The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program provides opportunities for selected teachers to connect to resources in a national park by spending the summer working as a park ranger. The program focuses on teachers from schools with ethnically diverse student populations, who have had little or no experience with a national park, or little opportunity to explore the relevance parks can have in their lives or the lives of their students. The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program is a partnership relationship between the teacher, their school district, and the park and is managed through a formal agreement.

Teacher-Ranger-Teachers perform various duties depending on their interests and the needs of the park, including developing curriculum-based materials, presenting interpretive programs for the general public, staffing the visitor centers, helping to lead teacher workshops or taking on special projects.

Once teachers return to their schools, teacher-rangers bring their national park experience into their classroom throughout the school year. During National Park Week in April, teacher-rangers wear their NPS uniform to school and engage students and other teachers in activities that relate to their NPS experience.

The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program provides a $3,000 living stipend for full-time work. Shared park housing is also provided.

NOTE: Mount Rainier National Park will not be participating in the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program in 2016.
For more information, please email the park Education Specialist.


Other Opportunities

Teacher Workshops - Come spend a few lovely summer days at the park with United States Geologic Survey scientists and park educators to learn the "Living with a Volcano in Your Background" curriculum.

Volunteer - Join our team! Find volunteer opportunities from one-day to long-term projects and summer internships.

Science Learning Network - Go in-depth and behind the scenes to discover how scientists are protecting our northwest national parks.

Sister Mountain Curriculum Project - Mount Fuji in Japan is Mount Rainier's Sister Mountain. Discover the history, culture, and environment surrounding these two mountains through an extensive set of lesson plans for middle and high school students.

Last updated: July 12, 2017

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