Work With Us

There are many 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 others 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.

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Young people age 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.

Jobs

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 and Yosemite)

  • Interest areas: conservation work projects and environmental education programs

  • Application period: apply to the park that interests you or check out your state's YCC program
  • Contact: NPS Youth Programs at 202-513-7177 or 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

  • Application period: Year-round

  • Schedule: Year-round or summer

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

The LHIP interns gathered in Washington, D.C. for a post-internship career workshop. They met with NPS leadership, including George McDonald, David Vela (front row, left) and Raymond Limon (front row, third from the right).

Internships

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 know all the opportunities available.

21st Century Conservation Service Corps formerly know as Public Lands Corps (PLC)

The National Park Service works in collaboration with service corps and other organizations to provide conservation work, and educational and training opportunities. Many of these organizations are members of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps.

Who can apply:

Ages 16–30

Veterans up to age 35 years old and younger

Opportunities includes internships and crew based work

Schedule: Summer or Year-round

Interest areas: All

Stipend: Varies

Partner: The 21CSC website (www.21csc.org) or the National Park Service Youth Service Corps Partner Listing are good places to begin your search for PLC program opportunities. You can search by state here then click on the service corps organization to learn about their programs and available opportunities.

Contact: NPS Youth Porgrams at 202-513-7157 or 202-513-7146 or via e-mail

Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps Opportunities

Who can apply: Native American youth in high school or older

Schedule: Summer, Year-round

Interest areas: Historic preservation, traditional agriculture, interpretation, conservation, trail construction

Stipend: Varies

Partner: Conservation Legacy

Contact: NPS Youth Programs at 202-513-7146 or via e-mail

Community Assistance Fellows Program Opportunities

Who can apply: Graduate students and recent grads, and outstanding undergraduates; under age 30

Schedule: Generally January to November; Full-time, 47 weeks

Interest areas: Community planning, outdoor recreation planning

Stipend: Variable, but totals approx. $26,000; includes health insurance and a $2,500 Professional Development allowance

Partners: Conservation Legacy and Hispanic Access Foundation

Contact: NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, Alan Turnbull, Career Experience Coordinator, at 202-354-6390 or e-mail us

Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program Opportunities

Who can apply: Diverse undergraduate and graduate students

Schedule: Summer

Interest areas: Historic preservation and cultural resources

Stipend: $440 per week plus housing and travel stipend

Partner: American Conservation Experience

Contact: NPS/Cultural Resources Office of Interpretation and Education, Paloma Bolasny, Youth Program Coordinator, at 202-354-2174 or via e-mail

Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change

Who can apply: Graduate or upper-level undergraduates students

Schedule: Summer, 12 weeks

Interest areas: Rapid, emergent management challenges resulting from global drivers of change and relating to natural resources, cultural resources, facilities, and/or interpretation and education

Stipend: $7,680. Most positions come with free or subsidized housing in dormitories or other shared accommodations in parks.

Partners: Ecological Society of America

Application period:

Spring/Summer Internships: November 22 – January 24

Apply here

Contact: e-mail

Geoscientists-in-the-Parks Internships

Who can apply: Undergraduate or graduate students, recent graduates

Schedule: Primarily summer internships, with some occurring in the fall/winter or year-round

Interest areas: Natural resource science fields (air resources, biological resources, geologic resources, natural sounds, night skies, and water resources)—field and office based internships focus on research, inventory and monitoring, curation of park natural resources, interpretation and education projects

Stipend: $1,400 - $2,400 per month, plus travel allowance (if no park housing is available, intern will receive a higher stipend)

Partner: Stewards Individual Placement Program and The Geological Society of America

Application periods:

Spring/summer internships: December 1 – January 15

Fall/winter internships: May 1 – June 15

Apply here

Contact: e-mail us or contact Limaris Soto, GIP Internship Manager, at 303-969-2082

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship Program

Who can apply: Undergraduate and graduate students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Schedule: Summer program with a possibility to extend the internship through the school year. Program includes career workshop in August for program participants.

Interest areas: Historians, communication, business, archeologists, architects, curators, planners, archivists and more

Stipend: Starting from $4,000 or $4,800 for 10-week and 11 weeks positions, plus travel, and park provided housing, or offsite housing, or a housing allowance,

Partner: Greening Youth Foundation

Application periods:

Winter: mid-December - early -February

Apply here

Contact: NPS Youth Programs at 202-513-7146 or 202-513-7157 or via e-mail

Historic Preservation Training Internships through the National Council for Preservation Education Opportunities

Who can apply: Undergraduate and graduate students, and veterans

Schedule: Year-round or summer

Interest areas: Historians, archeologists, architects, curators, planners, and archivists

Stipend: $6,000-$18,000 depending on length of internships, which range from 10 weeks to 6 months

Partner: National Council for Preservation Education

Contact: NPS/Cultural Resources Office of Interpretation and Education, Paloma Bolasny, Youth Program Coordinator, at 202-354-2174 or via e-mail

Historic Sites and Structures Documentation Internship Opportunities

Who can apply: Undergraduate or graduate students

Schedule: Summer

Interest areas: Architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, history, on-site field work and preparation of measured and interpretive drawings and written historical reports

Stipend: $6,000–$11,000

Contact: NPS/Heritage Documentation Programs, contact Catherine Lavoie at 202-354-2185, or via e-mail

Historic Preservation Training Center Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program (HPTC) Opportunities

Who can apply: 18-30 years old and veteran up to 35 years old or younger

Schedule: Seasonal, 20-26 weeks

Interest area: Hands-on trade skills, carpentry, masonry, Historic Preservation

Stipend: Living stipend, plus travel expenses and park-provided or offsite housing

Partners: American Conservation Experience, Conservation Legacy, Greening Youth Foundation and Groundwork USA

Contact: HPTC Team email

Latino Heritage Internship Program Opportunities

Who can apply: Undergraduate or graduate students with a focus on Latinos attending Hispanic Serving institutions

Schedule: Summer, 10 or 11 weeks with a possibility to extend the internship through the school year.

Interest areas: Natural and cultural resource management, interpretation, public affairs

Stipend: $400 to $480 a week plus travel and housing stipend

Partners: Hispanic Access Foundation and Environment for the Americas

Application period:

Spring/Summer Internships: mid-December – early-February

Apply here

Contact: Ernestine White, National Youth Employment Coordinator, at 202-513-7157 or e-mail

Maritime Documentation Internship Opportunities

Who can apply: Undergraduate or graduate students

Schedule: Summer

Interest areas: Architecture, engineering, or history, maritime preservation, on-site field work and preparation of measured and interpretive drawings and written historical reports

Stipend: $7,000

Partner: Council of American Maritime Museums

Contact: NPS/Historic American Engineering Record, Todd Croteau, Internship Coordinator, at 202-354-2167 or via e-mail

Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Opportunities

Who can apply: Undergraduate or graduate students, 18–35 years old with focus on hiring students under-represented in natural resource (STEM) fields

Schedule: Summer; program includes career workshop in August for program participants

Interest areas: Field and office based internships focused on research, inventory and monitoring, curation of park resources, and interpretation and education projects

Stipend: $1,600 - $1,920, plus travel expenses and park-provided or offsite housing

Partners: Environment for the Americas and Greening Youth Foundation

Application period:

Spring/Summer Internships: December – January

Apply here

Contact: e-mail us or contact Limaris Soto, GIP Internship Manager, at 303-969-2082

National Park Business Plan and Consulting Internship Opportunities

Who can apply: Graduate students (MBA, MPA, MPP, environmental and/or public lands management)

Schedule: Summer

Interest areas: Management consulting, park management, strategic and operational planning, commercial services, public-private partnerships

Stipend: $725 per week, plus housing and travel

Partner: Inspiring Capital

Contact: NPS Business Management Group

New Leaders in Conservation Community Assistance Opportunities

Who can apply: Graduate students (MBA, MPA, MPP, environmental and/or public lands management)

Schedule: Summer

Interest areas: Management consulting, park management, strategic and operational planning, commercial services, public-private partnerships

Stipend: $725 per week, plus housing and travel

Partner: Inspiring Capital

Contact: NPS Business Management Group

ProRanger Philadelphia Program Opportunities

Who can apply: Undergraduate students starting their senior year

Schedule: Summer

Interest area: Law Enforcement

Stipend: $400 a week plus travel and housing

Partner: Temple University

Contact: ProRanger Program Manager, Adrian Fernandez, 215-597-1744 or via email

HABS/Society of Architectural Historians Tompkins Fellowship Opportunities

Who can apply: Graduate student in architectural history or related fields

Schedule: Summer

Interest area: research in architectural history or related field

Stipend: $12,000

Partner: Society of Architectural Historians

Contact: NPS/Historic American Buildings Survey, Lisa Davidson, Fellowship Coordinator, at 202-354-2179 or via e-mail

Urban Archeology Corps Opportunities

Who can apply: Ages 15–26

Schedule: Year-round


Interest area: Archeology

Stipend: Varies

Contact: NPS Archaeology Program, Teresa Moyer, at 202-354-2124 or via email

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

Volunteer


There are many opportunities at parks and programs 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 and to get started, visit Volunteer.gov. You can also Find a Park to talk with rangers about current opportunities near you.

Last updated: November 9, 2019