What We Do

Black-footed ferret popping out of a den.
Black-footed ferret

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Learn About Regional Programs

Natural Resources

National parks contain many of our nation's most treasured landscapes. Learn about the natural resources in parks, from the rocks under our feet to the sky overhead and everything in between.

Natural Resources, Stewardship & Science manages and oversees the development of resource management programs through collaboration and coordination of professional staff, scientific and scholarly research, and by providing technical assistance and analysis and evaluation on a comprehensive range of resource management programs
and issues including biology, ecology, archaeology, history, and preservation.

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South Manitou Island Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters.

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Cultural Resources

The Midwest Cultural Resources multi-disciplinary staff provide inventory, research, design, and consultation services to support the preservation, management, and interpretation of cultural resources in the region. Our staff brings a wealth of professional experience in cultural landscapes, historic architecture, museums collections, history, ethnography, and National Register Programs.

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Exhibits at Nicodemus Historic Site

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Do Business With Us

The National Park Service Commercial Services Program is responsible for the oversight of commercial visitor services in the national parks authorized by concession contracts, commercial use authorizations (CUAs), and leases. A wide range of activities and services are provided through these instruments.

Midwest Region Commercial Services Division leads the efforts in concessions management, commercial use authorizations, and leasing programs. Our staff maintains 50 concessions contracts, assist parks with over 300 commercial use authorizations, and over 30 leases in the Midwest Region.

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Prairie dogs

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Work with Us

Are you looking for a full-time, permanent job or a seasonal ranger position? (See USAJOBs for listings of both permanent and seasonal jobs.) Or are you seeking an internship or volunteer opportunity? You can find internship and volunteer opportunities to suit your needs and interests.

Joining the Midwest Region? Work with our relocation team on your permanent change of station.

Last updated: December 6, 2017