National Park Service

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Can be a dream job

Current Employee - Project Manager
Current Employee - Project Manager

I have been working at National Park Service full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

- Get to work in beautiful places
- Work with like minded individuals
- Pay/Benefits are okay

Cons

- Bureaucratic Agency
- Veteran's Preference when hiring
- Difficult to move up
- Inefficient organization

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Allocation of training funds are typically geared towards employees that have been there a long time. I understand the seniority reasoning, but younger employees are not being prepared for future opportunities in the NPS.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Resources are amazing but the paperwork and work methods are crushing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, MA

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to work at some of the most amazing cultural and natural resources the United States has to offer. More importantly, it is the work to preserve them for the future AND the opportunity to link our visitors emotions and intellect to the resource that makes it all worthwhile.

    Cons

    After 25 years of Federal service, the methods by which we conduct business, especially along the lines of personnel, hiring, and procurement, are soul crushing. Agency regs and Federal law prevent a sane and productive methodology to processes of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is not much senior mgmt can do unless they have the power to change agency policy and federal laws.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Park Ranger

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    Former Employee - Park Ranger in Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
    Former Employee - Park Ranger in Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

    I worked at National Park Service as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    This job allowed me to practice my public speaking skills, meet amazing people, and give something back to my country while protecting a precious natural resource. I felt that my input was valued and what I did made a difference.

    Cons

    It is very hard to get hired in the first place and most job opportunities are temporary or part-time which is very frustrating. The application process can also be a little bit confusing since it is all computerized.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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