Today the National Park Service employs over 5,800 active-duty military and veterans (28 percent of our workforce) in a wide array of careers. This is nothing new for us. The history of the National Park Service is intertwined with that of the United States Military. Ever since the establishment of Camp Sheridan in Yellowstone National Park in 1886, soldiers and veterans have played a continuous role in the protection and preservation of national parks.
U.S. Army soldiers assigned to parks before the establishment of the National Park Service in 1916 created a model for park management. They prevented the poaching of wildlife, fought wildfires, halted illegal grazing of livestock, and stopped the theft of timber and other natural objects. They built roads, trails, and other infrastructure. Their presence as official stewards of park lands brought a sense of law and order to the mountain wilderness.
Meet the staff and hear first-hand how their military experience influences their careers today and into the future.
Meet Our Military and Veteran Staff
Last updated: November 9, 2017