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National Park Service Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
106 Reviews
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106 Reviews
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National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You go to work in the most beautiful places in America (in 10 reviews)

  • If you want to make a difference in preserving cultural and natural resources, then this maybe the place for you (in 4 reviews)


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

  • You get jerked around a lot if you're a temp hoping for full time (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fulfilling and enjoyable

    Former Employee - Avian Ecology in Paterson, NJ
    Former Employee - Avian Ecology in Paterson, NJ

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

    Pros

    Ability to engage and interact with a lot of people. Helpful personnel

    Cons

    Government job and hard to get hired

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    As a Business Plan Initiative Intern, my experience at the National Park Service was extremely satsifying.

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    Former Employee - Business Plan Initiative in Paicines, CA
    Former Employee - Business Plan Initiative in Paicines, CA

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

    Pros

    This position gave me a chance to apply my business skills gained at NYU with a mission driven organization. My project was thoroughly scoped before I arrived at the park, and I had completely support from park management and project managers throughout the summer. We were given real opportunity to have an impact on park operations and planning at a level that most interns do not experience.

    Cons

    The compensation is minimal, but most universities offer funds that students can apply for to offset living costs. Data can be very challenging to work with, but it's rewarding once you can identify solutions. You must have a sense of adventure in terms of the job requirements and the living situation - where I was located, we had no cell phone service and poor internet access, but it was beautiful!

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  3.  

    Fantastic Organization

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    The National Park Service has the best mission on the planet, and it truly guides the everyday work of it's fantastic employees.

    Cons

    Finding a balance between being the premiere service organization for the enjoyment of the public, and finding ways to do so with constrained funding is the principle challenge.

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    Great environment, great people.

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    Current Employee - Personell Time Recorder
    Current Employee - Personell Time Recorder

    I have been working at National Park Service part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment to work in. Working at the National Park Service has been an enjoyable experience. Employees are passionate about what they do. Great people to work with and for.

    Cons

    With the National Park Service being a government agency, the workplace can be more strict that other companies. It can be difficult to get a foot in the door with the regulations regarding the hiring process and who you have to compete with.

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  6.  

    Absolutely amazing!

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    Former Employee - Interpretive Guide in Moab, UT
    Former Employee - Interpretive Guide in Moab, UT

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

    Pros

    The work is very dynamic. Your days are split between working in the visitor center, the entrance fee station, checking campground sites, and hiking trails. You're always busy and in a beautiful place, and you get the added benefit of feeling good about yourself for helping protect the environment!

    Cons

    The uniform you are required to wear is ugly, and they don't let you keep your body piercings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make hiring more accessible to non-veterans

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  7.  

    Great experience,

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    Former Employee - Park Ranger in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Park Ranger in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and be outdoors, many young co-workers, supervisors really care and train you.

    Cons

    Limited full time opportunities, hires mostly seasonal in NYC,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire

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    Positive Outlook
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  8.  

    Great government branch to work with

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Park Service

    Pros

    Locations, benefits, furlough, co-workers, staff, leadership.

    Cons

    uniform, seasonal employment, housing, slow processes.

  9.  

    Share America's natural and cultural heritage

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    Former Employee - Park Ranger
    Former Employee - Park Ranger

    I worked at National Park Service full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Not only do you get to work in a beautiful place with people who share the same values as you, but you get to do something that you are passionate about everyday.

    Cons

    A "pickle suit", uniform, is not a particularly wonderful item of clothing to wear, but a fair price to pay for a great job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Protect our Wilderness designated areas diligently.

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  10.  

    Nature is your environment in peace.

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    Current Employee - Archive and Documentation Clerk in Marblemount, WA
    Current Employee - Archive and Documentation Clerk in Marblemount, WA

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

    Pros

    They are protect for environment and give a history for the land. You will learn a lot about Indian, Cowboy, and anything with nature scene. You will see a lot of animal around on the moutain. Mt. Yellowstone and Mt. Rainier are awesome.

    Cons

    Confident is based on your mind because your agreement is protecting between yourself and government.

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    Making a difference every day.

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    Former Employee - Park Ranger in Moab, UT
    Former Employee - Park Ranger in Moab, UT

    I worked at National Park Service as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Getting to work outside every day, company you can trust, uniform makes you extremely popular! Looks fantastic on a resume.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement. Seasonal positions are easy to get, but veterans get preference for permanent positions. This means that there is little to no opportunity to actually get a permanent position. Seasonal employees do not get benefits.

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