National Park Service Employees

Park Service Employee Leads Education Session

National Park Service (NPS) employees have a wide variety of backgrounds and capabilities and fill a number of different positions. They include law enforcement rangers, interpreters, resource managers, historians, archaeologists, clerical assistants, maintenance workers, and scientists—to name just a few. No matter what their responsibilities, these employees are all dedicated to the mission of the NPS: conserving the natural and cultural resources of America's national parks for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of the present and future generations.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Enforcement Rangers, Interpretive Rangers, Park Rangers
Duties Help conserve the natural and cultural resources of America's national parks
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Earth Science
  • Geography
  • History
Experience Internship, seasonal work, or volunteer experience
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Social
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Park Superintendent
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Head Park Ranger or Scientist in a NPS Property
  • Entry-Level NPS Worker