National Park Service Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis
Jonathan B. Jarvis
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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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  1. Visitor use assistant

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    Current Employee - Visitor Use Assistant in Berlin, MD
    Current Employee - Visitor Use Assistant in Berlin, MD

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    management is not tight on you about getting your work done. you're expected to do your assignment and they trust you to do so

    Cons

    be sure you know exactly what the job entails before you accept the position

  2. Satisfied Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Park Service

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work all over the country with interesting and dedicated staff.

    Cons

    It was not a very diverse workplace. I was one of the only women working there.

  3. Fantastic-wish I could spend my life here.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Park Service

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great community, friendly staff united around a common goal

    Cons

    No Downsides for the NPS

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  5. Laid back atmosphere with friendly people, but definite lack of motivation

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    Current Intern - Intern in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Intern - Intern in Fort Collins, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Understanding management that respects you and lets you work

    Cons

    Not a lot of motivation to go above and beyond to work harder

    Advice to Management

    Incentivize and increase pay

  6. Interpretive Ranger/Lead Ranger Visitor Center

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    Former Contractor - Interpretive Ranger/Lead Ranger VC in Boulder City, NV
    Former Contractor - Interpretive Ranger/Lead Ranger VC in Boulder City, NV

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Scenic view outside office window, meeting visitors.

    Cons

    Extremely rare well trained supervisors. Horrible petty middle management and weak top tier leadership that "trusts" petty middle management. Under staffed, under funded, degraded facilities, angry co-workers, inter-department lack of trust and bickering. Supervisors who outright lie yet continue to advance with their bosses not "in-the-loop" and therefore cannot stop the damage to employees, visitors, or the park. Cronyism in hiring porcess, rules broken during hiring process, and military veterans sucking up all the jobs away from qualified applicants. Seasonals are wage-slaves and treated like third-class citizens. Volunteers taking jobs away from paid rangers. Also "mercenary" supporting institutes and AmeriCorp taking jobs away from rangers. Public complaints about too much law enforcement, death of visitors and rangers afraid to engage public.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the veteran's point system when hiring. Get rid of federal transfers when hiring. Hire the person most qualified at the top of the Office of Personnel management list instead of your buddy lower on the list. Do not hire veterans only for job postings listed as open to the public. Far too many women emplyed due to quotas. Far too many veterans emplyed due to quotas. Top leadership should hire, not middle management with agendas. Do not change job requirements/descriptions after posting on USAJOBS.gov. Schedule-A/Disabled American unfriendly--stop breaking the hiring rules to avoid these people. Stop firing those who become disabled.

    Your hiring and retention policies are pathetic at best.

  7. Old fashioned, but fun.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Park Service

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nature, spending your time putsidd

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, fighting to get anything done

    Advice to Management

    Modernize hr and it systems

  8. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly people who are interested in the national parks.

    Cons

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

  9. Environmental Management Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Park Service

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  10. 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    None at the time.

  11. National Park Service

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    Former Employee - Summer Seasonal
    Former Employee - Summer Seasonal

    I worked at National Park Service

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    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.

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