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Updated May 11, 2021

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4.0
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National Park Service Acting Director  Michael T. Reynolds (no image)
Michael T. Reynolds
55 Ratings
Pros
  • "I get to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth(in 33 reviews)

  • "Visitors are so grateful for the work you do(in 25 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Pretty thick glass ceiling at some parks(in 28 reviews)

  • "Low pay and isolated living arrangements(in 24 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Fun job but doesn't pay well

      Apr 5, 2021 - Consulting Utility Forester in Chico, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The job is outdoors and in the mountains

      Cons

      pay is not the best

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Seeking information

      May 11, 2021 - Ecologist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great opportunities for job diversity and protecting invaluable resources

      Cons

      can't think of anything, great place to belong

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great experience

      May 11, 2021 - Biological Science Technician 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Well structured and great learning environment.

      Cons

      Difficult to get a permanent position.

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Employer

      May 5, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Reasonable Pay Fantastic Culture Widely Varied Experience

      Cons

      Occasionally Long Hours Can Be Strenuous

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Fun summer position

      Apr 29, 2021 - Guest Scientist in Friday Harbor, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -opportunity to live in a beautiful park -mentorship opportunities -foot in the door for NPS -park provided housing (mileage may vary)

      Cons

      -pay isn’t much, but it’s a seasonal temporary position

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Low stress work life balance

      Jan 29, 2021 - Technical Program Manager in Denver, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      40 hour work week, great benefits, lots of smart people to work with

      Cons

      Sub-par base salaries for technical staff, but it will eventually balance out after retirement. Little if any performance incentives/disincentives, so you must be tolerant of being around underperformers who mostly just take-up space; overly bureaucratic siloed and inefficient - politics first, production and output last. Extroverts tend to use all the oxygen in the room, with little to show for it.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Amazing place to work

      Mar 24, 2021 - Data Scientist in Fort Collins, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You will enjoy learning amazing things and doing great work at NPS Pay scale is high Understanding and warm people

      Cons

      I did not find any cons

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      temporary wildlife technician

      Apr 26, 2021 - Wildlife Technician in Grand Canyon Village, AZ
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Working in a beautiful place

      Cons

      Difficult to find work that is not temporary

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Service in the service

      Mar 22, 2021 - Historical Interpreter in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexiblie, enriching, outdoor environment, rewarding. Absolutely love working for the service.

      Cons

      can be dated at times but one due to lack of funding

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Work Environment

      Mar 18, 2021 - Maintenance Technician in Zion National Park, UT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Beautiful workplaces, like-minded co-workers, amazing community, helping people discover national parks.

      Cons

      Cleaning bathrooms, early mornings, bureaucracies

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