National Parks Summer Job

Hey SighSee,
I recently went to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton last spring break, and I really want to return. I thought it'd be a great idea to spend the summer at the parks either volunteering or working.
My question is, how do I get such a role? I don't want to work in a hotel in the park or even outside, I wanna be outdoors and active.
The pay isn't even that important, I really just want to experience the outdoors for a long period this summer.
>pic related
>its a photo I took while on my trip up north.
Thanks!

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    American national Parks are soulless and Disneyland tier now

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Keep an eye on usajobs.gov for national parks jobs, a lot of seasonal stuff gets posted there, 200+ postings right now if you search by national parks services (NPS) otherwise you might have to look into some kind of training/intern programs if you’d want to try to get on as some type of park ranger. Could always look at ski resort jobs that are near national parks as well. good luck anon, I always thought of doing the same thing but never pulled the trigger, you should go for it.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Cool works. Com is a good site for a lot of commercial sites at national parks.

      thank you

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      this is correct. national forests and blm also hire through this site; some duty locations are just as cool as the best of NPS and considerably less uptight, some are...not. (and some NPS locations aren't great either, unless you're into Civil War battles.).
      fire's hiring anyone who has a pulse. you may spend a lot of time sitting at a duty station waiting for something to happen, but if you pick a cool duty station it sounds like that wouldn't be terrible for you, and you'd make more money than you would selling parking passes and cleaning campground shitters.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        i honestly wouldn't mind something like cleaning a campground or trail. pay isn't much of a factor going into this.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      [...]
      thank you

      USAjobs is the only way to get a federal job, but it's a fairly baroque and obnoxious system. For best chances of success getting your resume seen by a human, look up USAjobs tips on youtube.
      Most important things are:
      -Re-write your resume to include specific words mentioned on the questionnaire (you can preview the questionnaire before clicking apply but it's hidden, you have to ctrl+F for 'questionnaire' on the job posting page
      -You can then proceed to exaggerate your skills on the questionnaire, as everyone does, but make sure your resume backs up those claims. Some parks let the computer do those checks, some parks have a human do it.
      -Find out who your supervisor/hiring manager is gonna be and call them to express interest. I guarantee this will put you on top of the stack.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        The majority of federal agencies hire through USAjobs but the intelligence agencies use their own portals

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Cool works. Com is a good site for a lot of commercial sites at national parks.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I hired on with Grand Teton Lodge Company for the 2016 season. Jackson Lake Lodge is the biggest facility, but I chose Colter Bay Village instead. It was a lot of fun, and there were all kinds of cool activities comped for employees. Lots of foreigners on exchange visas. Pay was very low, however.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    i think i shouldve stated that im a college student and im only looking for something to do this summer at a national park.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Many departments do student hires. Call the potential supervisor before applying.
      Right now is the time to start looking on USAjobs for next summer. It's already too late for a lot of positions.

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