February 9, 2016

Find Summer Jobs With The National Park Service

What National Parks have you been to? Which ones are on your hit list? Have you considered finding summer jobs with the National Park Service? You should.

Yosemite National Park Picture

The National Park Service, often shortened to NPS, is a branch of the US Department of Interior. The National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. And guess what that means? 2016 is the Centennial Anniversary of the National Park Service. Working in the park for the NPS’s 100th birthday is a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Learn More About Summer Jobs with the National Park Service

The NPS helps to preserve the natural, cultural and historical resources of the United States. This includes national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historic sites, lakeshores, recreation areas, and even the White House.

Currently the National Park Service oversees 409 areas covering 84 million acres in all fifty states, Washington DC, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These locations host over 275 million visitors every year. It’s a massive business that promotes the enjoyment, education, and inspirational value of the places that make the USA great. And it requires people like you to make it happen.

The NPS employs over 20,000 people and utilizes over 221,000 volunteers. With the National Park Service there are jobs as Park Rangers, Dispatchers, Park Management, Curators, NPS Historian, Guides, Fire Management, Administration, Maintenance, and Resource Management.

There are also jobs in the National Parks with over 500 private Concessionaires that focus on lodging, transportation, guiding, food, and shopping. Basically this means there are plenty of cool job opportunities for you if you want to work in some of the world’s most incredible locations.

What National Park site do you want to work at?

  • Acadia National Park, Maine
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  • Arches National Park, Utah
  • Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
  • Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  • Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
  • Joshua Tree National Park, California
  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  • Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Yosemite National Park, California
  • Virgin Islands National Park, US Virgin Islands
  • Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
  • Glacier National Park, Montana
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

This is only a handful of the cool places where you can work this summer. What incredible, outdoor place are you going to call your “office” this summer?

Right now is the time to apply for 2016 summer jobs with the National Park Service or with concessionaires like Xanterra Parks & Resorts. (There are also winter job opportunities with the National Park Service too!)

Search for job openings on the JobMonkey JobCenter today.

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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