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National Park Service Reviews

Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
125 Reviews
3.7
125 Reviews
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National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis
Jonathan B. Jarvis
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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.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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    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.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Park Service

    Pros

    decent pay, cool work place

    Cons

    Poor management and outdated and unfair hiring practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reform hiring practices. Managers are forced to hire people that are not the best fit for jobs.

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Lacking Organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Park Service

    Pros

    Interacting with the public. Unique job experience.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy. Little can be done on the ground level without going through every person above you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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

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