Work With Us

There are many paid opportunities for youth and young adults 15-30 years old and veterans 35 years old and younger to work with the National Park Service. Many of these developmental opportunities and jobs are filled at the park level—so contact the park that interests you—but other opportunities are advertised and recruited nationally by the National Park Service or in partnership with youth and veteran serving organizations. We welcome the interest and engagement of the next generation of stewards who will care for our nation’s natural and cultural resources and preserve our rich legacy.

Are you ready to get started? Opportunities include jobs, internships, and volunteering.

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Young people ages 30 and younger and veterans 35 and younger are invited to discover internship opportunities in national parks. YOU could be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places! Learn more about National Park Service Youth Programs in the list below.


Whether you are looking for part-time work during the school year, a summer job, or are beginning a full-time career, check USAJobs for current openings. Additional there are opportunities for teens, young adults and veterans, including students and recent graduates listed below.

Youth Conservation Corps Opportunities

  • Who can apply: Ages 15–18

  • Schedule: summer 8–10 weeks, non-residential (except at Yellowstone)

  • Interest areas: conservation work projects, environmental education programs

  • Application period: Apply to the park that interests you or check out your state's YCC program
  • Contact: NPS Youth Programs via e-mail

Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates

The Pathways Program offers federal internship and employment opportunities for current students, recent graduates and those with an advanced degree. There are three different paths available:

  • Who can apply: Current students seeking degrees or certificates from accredited institutions (i.e., high schools; vocational and technical schools; and associate, bachelor, graduate, or professional schools) and recent graduates

  • Interest areas: All

  • Stipend: Salary
  • Schedule: Year-round or summer
  • Application period: Year-round

  • Contact: NPS/Office of Human Resources via e-mail

Intern with National Park Service leadership in front of the Department of the Interior Building
Interns with National Park Service Director Charles F. "Chuck" Sams in front of the Department of the Interior Building.



Paid Internship Opportunities

Whether you’re in high school or college or have graduated within the past two years, internships are a way to acquire hands-on work experience while helping preserve and protect the nation’s natural and cultural heritage. The National Park Service collaborates with other organizations to create internship opportunities. Many of our national internship programs are listed below. However, we also recommend that you contact a park of interest directly to ensure that you learn all the opportunities available. Note that these are all paid opportunities and may offer a special hiring authority upon successfu completion of the program called the Public Lands Corps (PLC) Hiring Authority, or the Direct Hire Authority for Resource Assistant Internships (DHA-RAI).

Park visitors Aaron and Richard Hoff seek advice at the Wilderness Information Center. August 28, 2012, Marblemount, Washington, Campers get an update on backcountry conditions from a park volunteer at NPS by Davi


There are many opportunities at parks and offices across the country to donate your time and services, whether it's for a few hours or year-round. To learn more about volunteering with the National Park Service, visit, learn about the Volunteers-In-Parks Program, or Find a Park to talk with rangers about current opportunities near you.

Last updated: May 29, 2024