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Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
126 Reviews
3.7
126 Reviews
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National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis
Jonathan B. Jarvis
46 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You go to work in the most beautiful places in America (in 11 reviews)

  • The opportunity to work at some of the most amazing cultural and natural resources the United States has to offer (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, too many desk jockeys and not enough people on the front lines (in 8 reviews)

  • Limited full time opportunities, hires mostly seasonal in NYC, (in 7 reviews)

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    Intern

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at National Park Service as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people who are interested in the national parks.

    Cons

    Intern - so very little compensation (but the work is fun)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Education/Interpretation Ranger

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    Former Employee - Youth Camp Coordinator and Education Ranger in Mineral, CA
    Former Employee - Youth Camp Coordinator and Education Ranger in Mineral, CA

    I worked at National Park Service

    Pros

    Joining into an established program provided a great opportunity to gain experience learning what worked and bringing a new perspective to address things that didn't work.

    Cons

    As a youth camp coordinator my duties kept me out of the visitor center most of the time, but some colleagues that staffed the visitor center said the job was tedious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Environmental Management Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Park Service

    Pros

    Great work environment, unique working locations, opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Management can be lacking at times and trying to complete tasks can be challenging due to red tape.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    National Park Service

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    Former Employee - Summer Seasonal
    Former Employee - Summer Seasonal

    I worked at National Park Service

    Pros

    Love being in the outdoors caring for the flora and fauna. Amazing views.

    Cons

    Great summer jobs. Really hard to get a permanent position.

    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great company to work for!

    Former Employee - Seasonal Employee
    Former Employee - Seasonal Employee

    I worked at National Park Service part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great on the job training.
    Almost always have someone with you for safety.
    Supervisors can be reached and are willing to help when asked.

    Cons

    Different branches often have a difficult time working together.
    Often have to work in heat during the summer, or unable to work if heat is too extreme.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that different groups are on the same page and that each group has a fair chance to use equipment that is supposed to be shared by all groups.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    NPS Discriminates Against Veterans

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Park Service full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary & Benefits are great. But are they worth it?

    Cons

    The management is very Liberal and discriminates against Veterans. I retired from the Army and took a civilian job working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and did great. My mistake was taking a promotion in the National Park Service where I was treated like a second class citizen. I left after six months. I learned that the veteran who held that position before me also lasted about six months. If you're a Liberal who loves Government oppression and mocking and hating conservatives, and people who defend the country as well as your freedom, the NPS may be the right place for you. If you're a freedom-loving American veteran, stay clear of these haters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try loving the country you live in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Surf Guard

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    Former Employee - Surf Guard in Highlands, NJ
    Former Employee - Surf Guard in Highlands, NJ

    I worked at National Park Service

    Pros

    Surrounded by great coworkers
    Amazing boss
    Holiday Pay
    Vacation days
    Annual days
    Paid Sick leave
    Offer subsidized housing for out of state employees

    Cons

    Paperwork
    Hiring Process is very tedious and the turn around time is long to get information on your status

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Career potential - The NPS is very difficult to get into. You could spend an entire 30+ year career but climbing the ladder is tough.

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    Current Employee - Concessions Management Specialist
    Current Employee - Concessions Management Specialist

    I have been working at National Park Service

    Pros

    The National Park Service has always been a family friendly agency and also as an employee you are part of the NPS family. I know people all over the United States and I know that it would only take a phone call and I would have a bed or couch to crash on it needed.

    Cons

    Top heavy with male dominated management. The glass ceiling is real.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. EEO means equality for all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good benefits, poor attitude

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    Former Employee - Biological Scientist
    Former Employee - Biological Scientist

    I worked at National Park Service full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    vacation and medical leave were generous

    Cons

    pay is poor, only way to advance is to move

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    nuetral

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    Former Contractor - Biological Science Technician in Port Angeles, WA
    Former Contractor - Biological Science Technician in Port Angeles, WA

    I worked at National Park Service as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    high quality of life/work balanced/ paid and unpaid vacation/

    Cons

    low pay/ job security/ limited career options

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    secure more funding

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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