How to work in a National Park

Trailspace readers often talk about wanting to combine their outdoor passion with a complimentary career. Well, if your dream office is a National Park, check out the job listings at, the official job site for the United States Federal Government.

Permanent career, temporary, and seasonal positions as biologists, maintenance workers, cartographers, civil engineer, rangers, guides, forest fire technicians, and more are listed on the site. To view openings, visit to search jobs and refine results by selecting "Interior, Department of the."

Individuals who want to volunteer or intern in a National Park should visit and

For more info: NPS Work With Us

(Photo above, of a ranger at Acadia National Park, by Ginny Reams/NPS)

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June 9, 2010 at 12:48 p.m. (EDT)

Also check out this website they list all the Nat'l parks looking for help yearround plus many other cool outdoor jobs with state parks, forestry and NPS, youth camps, Dude ranches, etc. I have gotten many a job thru them with Yosemite, Glacier, Zion, the Grand Canyons Rims and Denali Parks since 1996.

Many parks are run by a company called Xanterra. If you go to their site at a certain nat'l park and fill out their application online, you can choose up to 3 parks or jobs at a park. Your work application will be kept on file indefinately. Each new year or season you can sign back into Xanterra application site and add new employment experience without having to re-type all the already filed in information.

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