National Park Service Employees

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.

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
  • Scientific
  • 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

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