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National Park Service Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
121 Reviews
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121 Reviews
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National Park Service Director 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.  

    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
  2.  

    Working at Alcatraz is as fun as it sounds!

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    This job was an experience of a lifetime. It felt great greeting and interacting with people each day that were excited to be on Alcatraz. Learning the history and presenting it to groups and/or individuals was also very fun and rewarding.

    Cons

    Pay is $250 per 40 hour week if you commute, $150 if you live in staff housing, so you will be making less than minimum wage. Technically it's a volunteer job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you've been doing. The weekly meetings are a great opportunity each week for any employees to voice their opinions in a very comfortable setting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great Summer Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA

    I worked at National Park Service

    Pros

    -Great opportunity to work with the public
    -Hours are convenient (3pm-11pm ish) for college students
    -Sense of camaraderie among the staff

    The job comes in bursts. There will be an hour or two of hectic work, then some really slow hours, then another hectic frenzy.

    During emergency situations the job can be pretty crazy. It's great training for the workplace, though.

    Cons

    -As a government job, the onboarding process takes forever
    -About 75% of the people are really great, but the other 25% or so have no work ethic and you pull their weight

    As it is a concert venue, some patrons can be very intoxicated. And guess who has to put up with them?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    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 a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Government job and hard to get hired

  6.  

    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 a 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!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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 a 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 a 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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 a 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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.

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