Working Conditions

Not surprisingly, most Park Service jobs – especially those in the West – are located miles from large cities. Depending on the location and the size of the park, social activities are often limited. Nevertheless, even the most isolated locations offer wonderful opportunities for adventure.

Many Park Service employees use their free time to explore, keep a journal, and get to know their co-workers.

Working conditions are similar to what you would expect to find working for the U.S. Forest Service or any other outdoor resource management agency. You’ll be outdoors most of the time and in all kinds of weather. Because of the tremendous popularity of parks with people in all walks of life, the National Park Service also mandates that its employees be well versed in the art of diplomacy and public service. You may be miles away from anyone repairing trails one day, only to lead hundreds of visitors along that very same trail the next.

Equipment and Clothing

Park Service personnel are frequently required to wear uniforms. If special clothing is required, you will be informed upon being offered the job. Non-uniform clothing is not provided by the Park Service. Depending on your position and location, consider bringing:

  • Heavy boots
  • Jackets
  • Gloves
  • Sweaters
  • Pants
  • Rain gear, especially if in the Pacific Northwest or Alaska. The Park Service provides all tools and special equipment.

Transportation

Transportation costs are not covered by the Park Service, so new employees need enough money to travel to their assigned site. Many positions require that applicants have a current valid driver’s license. Having a car may also be required.

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