Ten kids with certificates pose with two adults in a grassy park.
Returning Junior Rangers get their certificates and loupes (magnifying glasses) to keep exploring!

NPS Photo

"Teaching children and being outdoors at the same time - it doesn't get much better than that!"
Deb Sims, TRT 2013

"To immerse myself in subjects like ecology, ancient culture, archaeology, and geology while honing my teaching skills, I could not have asked for a more rewarding experience than taking part in the TRT program."
Brian Buttafuoco, TRT 2011

Do you want to be a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher, taking your skills from classroom to park and back again? Want to spend your summer outdoors, instilling the amazing world of cultural and natural resources into kids?? Want to be part of this incredible team?? Read on!

In the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program, teachers spend summers as park rangers, and both parks and schools reap the rewards. At Montezuma Well, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot TRTs directly experience some of the most noteworthy locations in Arizona's pre-contact history. When they return toschool in the fall, teachers' new experiences help them connect students with all that awaits them in America's great outdoor spaces. At the same time, teachers help us improve educational programs.

It's an amazing experience. Here are the specifics:

  • TRTs must be currently employed teachers. They spend the summer as a ranger, and then go back to being classroom teachers for the school year after. They take their experiences back to the classroom, and that's how they get the name: Teacher-to-Ranger-to-Teacher.
  • Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments usually have two TRT positions available each summer.
  • TRTs also make presentations back at their schools during the following National Parks Week, usually in April.
  • You will receive a $3,000 stipend for this work, as well as a uniform shirt and hat.
  • You will participate in, and receive graduate course credit for, an Experiential Learning course with Colorado University, Denver.
  • For more information on the program visit http://teacherrangerteacher.org/

2015 Summer Season

The 2015 Summer Season is scheduled to start June 8. The work week is Monday–Thursday in the office, with Friday fieldtrips. Please submit the application, Principle approval page (within the application), three references, a letter of support from a colleague, and your résumé (optional).

Submit your materials by April 30, 2015, to:
(For e-mail questions, click the name–adding attachments is unavailable at this time)

Mary Ontiveros
Montezuma Castle & Tuzigoot National Monuments
P.O. Box 219
Camp Verde, AZ 85322

Last updated: April 23, 2015

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