January will begin the annual job announcement and application process for those wishing to become Seasonal Park Rangers this coming summer. Those interested in the opportunity to work in our National Parks can find out about available park ranger positions by going to the Office Of Personnel Management website at:
Once there go to USAJobs and conduct a search for “Park Ranger” or “National Park Service.” There you will find listed all the jobs open within the National Park Service.
You can learn more about starting out as a Park Ranger by going to the search window to your right on this blog and typing in “jobs.” This will take you to four previous posting I have written to answer often asked questions about how to become a park ranger.
When looking for your first seasonal park ranger job I recommend applying to multiple locations. Do not overlook smaller less known areas and urban parks. Many full time rangers in the service today initially got their permanent status in urban parks such as Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia, The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York, The Westward Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, and the Mall in Washington, DC.
Many seasonal park rangers are college students, teachers, or those looking to start a second career.
Most park rangers start out in seasonal or temporary positions. I started as a seasonal park aid at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrive in 1975. Here are a few photos from my first jobs.