ranger and youth intern
Park ranger and intern at Thurmond Train Day.

NPS photo


New River Gorge National Park and Preserve employs a variety of professional, administrative, technical, clerical, and trade employees. The park workforce consists of about 60 permanent and 35 seasonal employees. Necessary qualifications and wages vary with the type of position and skill required. Employment opportunities are posted:

When applying:

Applicants must apply to a specific job announcement.

Generic applications to any available vacancy are not accepted.

Applicants must submit an application and all other requested information prior to the closing date of the announcement.

There is no maintained list of available applicants in the form of a standing register.

Only United States citizens may be considered for National Park Service positions.

All applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, age, or national origin.
Generally employees must be 18 years of age, although there are some opportunities for youth.

close up of park ranger

NPS photo

Permanent Employment

Permanent employment with the National Park Service requires specific education or work experience. All job announcements are posted at

Seasonal/Temporary Employment

The park usually hires several seasonal positions each year in the following positions:

Park Ranger
Park Guide
Visitor Use Assistant
Biological Science Technician
Forestry Technician (fire)
Maintenance Worker
Roads and Trails Crew

Pay usually ranges from $7.25 - $18.48 per hour.
Check for temporary summer employment section.



To Apply: Call (304) 465-2634 to obtain an information packet and application.

Send completed application and cover letter with information on availability, three references, and specific interest in a position to:

Volunteer Coordinator
New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
104 Main Street
Glen Jean, WV 25846

See the NPS website at for more information.



Every summer the park fills several internship positions, most frequently in the Divisions of Interpretation and Resource Management. Internships are usually hired through the American Conservation Experience (ACE). Find out more on the ACE website:

Current Job Opportunities

Last updated: December 17, 2021

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 246, 104 Main Street
Glen Jean , WV 25846



Contact Us

Stay Connected