What is a Teacher-Ranger?
The nationwide Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program is a unique professional development opportunity for educators to gain hands-on experience during the summer working side by side with park interpreters and other specialists.
If selected, you will receive training, gain knowledge and experience, and work at Pullman National Monument for eight weeks between June and August. Then, take your experiences back to the classroom to share with your students. Some of the work for this project can be done through telework or off-site during the eight week period.
The intent of the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program is to provide well-rounded experiences for teachers serving with park rangers in national parks. During their experience, teachers will develop National Park Service materials to be shared with their students in the classroom and on the web. The program will focus on teachers from schools that have diverse student populations.
What are the benefits?
- $3,000 stipend
- 3 Graduate credits from the University of Colorado, Denver (CU Denver) for 230 hours of work.
- Professional development providing a wide range of new knowledge and skills through working with park staff and partners
- Gain access to an extensive array of teaching resources and tools to enhance classroom curriculum in multiple content areas
- Begin or extend a personal and professional connection with national parks
- There is not housing available – we are seeking candidates who have the ability to commute to Pullman National Monument.
- Place-based learning
- Opportunities and resources to connect to their cultural heritage in new way
- Awareness of the possibilities for volunteering and paid employment with the National Park Service
What would I do in the park?
We are seeking one candidate this summer. They will support the development of curriculum based lesson plans for the classroom, as well as help evaluate draft park lesson plans.
The park themes revolve around Labor History and Urban Planning. Topics tied to Pullman’s historic past are surprisingly relevant in today’s classroom: Defining the American Dream, Workplace Opportunities and Limitations, Capitalism, Race Relations, Immigration Policy’s Impact on the Workforce, Defining a Living Wage, Industrial and Technological Revolutions, Components of a good work-live-play community.
How do I apply?
E-mail us for an application! Applications received by May 10th will receive first consideration. The TRT can expect to begin work at the park sometime in June.