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Kayaking along the Pictured Rocks
Kayaking along the Pictured Rocks

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Looking for an exciting outdoor adventure? Then come explore one of America’s national playgrounds at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Go backcountry camping and hike along the North Country National Scenic Trail; try sea kayaking on Lake Superior among the towering sandstone cliffs; take a scuba diving trip to see the world beneath the water; or climb ice on the world renowned ice columns of the park. Other outdoor activities include hiking, fishing, boating, hunting, bicycling, and various winter activities. Pictured Rocks also provides a welcome sanctuary for those seeking solitude with a chance to slow down and unplug.
Researcher taking water quality samples
Researcher taking water quality samples

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Jobs in the National Park Service

Some park rangers began their careers by actively pursuing their hobbies and interests in the outdoors. There are numerous job you can do in the National Park Service such as fire fighters, wildlife biologists, mechanics, administrative professionals, forestry technicians, historians, botanists, IT specialists, educators, and archaeologists to name just a few.

So, how do you get started right now? By volunteering or working in a national park, you can develop professional skills desired by future employers and may lead to a rewarding career with the National Park Service. The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps is one program of many to consider.

For a comprehensive glance at opportunities for young adults, visit our national page Work With Us.
Youth Conservation Corp. Logo
Youth Conservation Corp. Logo

Career Development During High School

Are you a high school student age 15 to 18? Consider applying for the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC), which is a summer youth employment program that engages young people in meaningful work experiences on national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and fish hatcheries. Most YCC programs are 8 to 10 weeks and members are paid the minimum wage for a 40-hour work week. Contact the park at 906-387-2607 to find out more. You can also visit the national YCC webpage for more details with all participating federal agencies.

For 2021 ONLY!
Youth Conservation Corps Crew Member Application (for 2021 - applications must be received by Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by 4/19/21) - Local youth only (no housing available).
Youth Conservation Corps Medical Form - fill out and include with application
Pictured Rocks Intern standing next to the park sign
Pictured Rocks Intern on her first day of work

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Career Development During University

If you are planning to go to college, be sure to look into the Pathways Programs to explore career opportunities during and immediately after graduation. You can find current student position job announcements on USAJOBS by clicking here. For information on what to include in your federal resume, please visit the Help Center on the USAJOBS website.

Pictured Rocks also offers internship opportunities to college students and recent graduates in the field of education, interpretation, and visitor services. One past intern commented, “being an education intern makes me much more competitive in my job field.”

For questions about internships at Pictured Rocks, e-mail us.

Last updated: March 24, 2021

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