Yellowstone National Park Podcasts

 
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What We Do

Have you ever wondered about National Park Service jobs?

From studying wildlife, operating wastewater treatment plants, and timing the next Old Faithful geyser eruption, there are many different types of positions that help preserve resources in Yellowstone for current and future generations.

Join us each week as we talk with Yellowstone employees about their experiences working for the world’s first national park and offer tips for you to get involved with the NPS.

Listen to episodes below or on Apple Podcasts.

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  • Explore Yellowstone careers: Learn more about the variety of positions in the park, both in front of and behind the scenes.
  • Job series: Consists of a job title and number used to associate similar types of positions in the federal government. For example, you might see open positions on USAjobs.gov titled “0025 Park Ranger (Interpretation).”
  • Open positions in Yellowstone: We are hiring! View open positions in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Pay scale and grade: This sets the salary and qualifications for a position. For example, you might see an open Park Ranger position on USAjobs.gov classified as a “GS 7-9.” The higher the grade level (GS-1 to GS-15) means the position requires more qualifications, responsibility, and a higher salary.
  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM): The federal government’s human resources agency that oversees hiring, pay, benefits, and training for federal employees.
  • USAjobs.gov: Create your account and build your resume to apply to National Park Service jobs.
 
 

  • Fish ecology: There are 12 native fish species found in Yellowstone.
  • Gilnetting: The operation of setting and retrieving large nets in Yellowstone Lake to catch and remove invasive lake trout.
  • Native Fish Conservation Program: To reverse the decline in native fish populations in the park and restore ecosystem integrity, Yellowstone implements targeted actions to promote native fish recovery.
  • Pathways Programs: Programs that offer internship and employment opportunities with the federal government for students, recent graduates, and those with an advanced degree.
  • Peale Island: A small island located in the south arm of Yellowstone Lake, which has a historic backcountry ranger cabin.
  • YACC Camp: The Young Adult Conservation Camp located in Mammoth Hot Springs, which includes housing, kitchen, and common areas for Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps members and employees.
 
 

  • Bear/Bison jam: A traffic jam that occurs as people stop their vehicles on park roads to view roadside wildlife.
  • Detail: A temporary assignment from one position within the federal government to another, with the expectation that the person will return to their official position upon completion.
  • Distance learning: On-demand videos created by Yellowstone park rangers that teachers can use in their classrooms.
  • Junior Ranger Program: A self-guided program for people ages 4 and older to learn about the natural wonders of Yellowstone.
  • Ranger Programs: A variety of walks, talks, and other in-person programs led by Yellowstone park rangers.
  • Student Conservation Association (SCA): A nonprofit organization that partners with the National Park Service to foster the next generation of conservation leaders through an internship program.
  • Warming hut: Small buildings in the park that provide shelter and basic amenities for people visiting Yellowstone during the winter.
 
 

  • Biomass: Organic material that comes from plants and animals.
  • Defensible space: Clearing a space near and surrounding a developed area or other valuable structure of living or dead plant material that could be ignited by a fire.
  • Dispatch center: Yellowstone’s Fire and Aviation Dispatch Center is responsible for taking fire reports from fire lookouts, visitors, and park employees. The center also tracks resources assigned to park incidents, follows flights involving aircraft in the park, and takes requests for personnel/equipment and dispatches them to the appropriate locations for fire and search and rescue incidents, law enforcement operations, and other special events.
  • Ecological consequences of fire: Learn about how plants have adapted to (or become dependent on) fire.
  • Fire ecology: Learn about fire’s role in Yellowstone.
  • Fire management in Yellowstone: Learn about the current and historical management of fires in the park.
  • Fuels management/reduction: This includes both planned/intentional burns and other mechanical treatments to change and/or reduce the amount of living or dead plant material that could be ignited by a fire.
  • Hotshot crew: A group of highly trained and skilled wildland firefighters who are equipped to work in remote areas for extended periods of time with minimal logistical support.
  • Incident management team: A team that is formed to respond to large, complex incidents (which can include fires, natural disasters, search and rescue operations, among others).
  • Prescribed fire: A planned fire (sometimes called a “controlled burn” or “prescribed burn”) that is used to achieve specific management objectives. A plan is developed for the fire, including the objectives, fuels, size, and environmental conditions under which it will burn and be suppressed.
 
 

  • Infrastructure improvement projectsSince 2020, Yellowstone has invested $1.549 billion into improving infrastructure across the park.
  • North District: Yellowstone is divided into four operating districts – North, West, Lake, and Backcountry. The North District includes 85 road miles between Norris, Mammoth Hot Springs, North Entrance, Tower Junction, and Northeast Entrance.
  • OGR (Old Gardiner Road)A historic, one-lane, dirt entrance road constructed in 1879, which was the original entrance road to the park. When the flood event destroyed the North Entrance Road during summer 2022, the park and contractors improved the OGR to reconnect Yellowstone to the gateway community of Gardiner, Montana.
  • Park roadsMost park roads open to regular vehicles in mid-April and close in early November.
  • Wage gradeTrade, craft, and laboring positions that are paid based on local prevailing rates.
 
 

  • Denver Service Center (DSC): The central planning, design, and construction management office for the National Park Service.
  • Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA): Passed in 2020, this legislation provides funding to improve infrastructure and expand recreation opportunities in national parks and other public lands.
  • Yellowstone Center for Resources (YCR): A division in Yellowstone created to centralize the park's science and resource management functions, including branches for wildlife and aquatic resources, vegetation and resource management, physical resources, science communication, cultural resources, and environmental compliance and science coordination.
  • Youth Conservation Corps (YCC): A summer program that allows teen enrollees and staff the opportunity to learn, work, and recreate in Yellowstone National Park.
 
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Telemetry: The Sound of Science in Yellowstone

"Telemetry" refers to the wireless transmission of information, often via radio waves, from one location to another. Our public radio-style audio series helps transmit some of Yellowstone's scientific investigations to listeners, wherever they are. Go on a sound safari in the world's first national park for surprising stories and in-depth reporting that highlight science and issues in the region.

Listen to episodes below or on Apple Podcasts or TuneIn.

Telemetry is supported by Yellowstone Forever, and by a generous grant through the Eyes on Yellowstone program. Eyes on Yellowstone is made possible by Canon U.S.A., Inc. This program represents the largest corporate donation for wildlife conservation in the park.

Thanks also to the Acoustic Atlas at the Montana State University Library.

 
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More Information

 
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Explore Yellowstone Careers

Learn more about the wide variety of National Park Service positions available in Yellowstone.

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Work With Us

Search for jobs with the National Park Service or companies that operate in the park.

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Photos & Multimedia

Virtually tour the park through photographs, sounds, videos, and interactive maps.

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Nature

Discover the natural wonder of Yellowstone, from the geology beneath the plant communities to the animals migrating through the ecosystem.

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Management

Learn about the current natural and cultural resource issues that Yellowstone is managing for this and future generations.

Last updated: April 16, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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