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National Park Service Reviews

Updated Jun 15, 2019

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Michael T. Reynolds
31 Ratings
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  • "Salary is below private sector and to achieve success one must work at various parks(in 24 reviews)

  • "No guarantee of full time offer(in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Great career choice"

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    Current Employee - Visitor Use Assistant Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Varied work assignments keeps the job interesting

    Cons

    Salary is below private sector and to achieve success one must work at various parks. The constant work location changes are tough on family members.

    Advice to Management

    Improve pay

    National Park Service2019-04-25
  2. "Excellent experience"

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      Former Employee - Biological Science Technician 

      I worked at National Park Service full-time

      Pros

      Very clear objectives and communication.

      Cons

      None to speak of, betting a permanent position is difficult.

      National Park Service2019-06-13
    • Helpful (1)

      "Decent Job for College Students"

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      Former Employee - Seasonal Park Ranger in Williamsport, MD
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook

      I worked at National Park Service full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Decent Pay for College Student

      Cons

      Constant change in management, leading to inconstant work environment

      National Park Service2019-05-16
    • "National Park Service"

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        Current Employee - Maintenance Technician 

        I have been working at National Park Service part-time

        Pros

        Amazing places to work and live, good work life balance.

        Cons

        Permanent jobs are hard to come by.

        National Park Service2019-05-17
      • Helpful (1)

        "Terrible"

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        Former Employee - Seasonal Park Ranger 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at National Park Service full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Nice Views. Get to spend lots of time in the parks. If your have any energy from being worked like a dog you might have lots to see.

        Cons

        Too many to list; Cronyism runs deep. Don't expect anything resembling fairness and you won't be disappointed. You can work your tail (glassdoor won't let me say the a-word) off, go above and beyond. You will not even be noticed. It's hard to understand from a human standpoint how the permanent employees can be so rude and calloused. They say they are committed to change, take that with a grain of salt. You have...

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        Advice to Management

        Would they take advice? What they, the permanents, supervisors seem to forget is they are public employees. Paid for by tax-payers. They act like they own the Park, it's theirs, they can do what they want. They are isolated, self regulating, dysfunctional little pods.

        National Park Service2019-06-15
      • "NPS is super fun"

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        Current Employee - Wilderness Ranger 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at National Park Service full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        great environment to work in

        Cons

        seasonal work means you move a lot...cant have dogs

        National Park Service2019-05-09
      • "Great organization, but stuck in their ways"

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        Current Employee - Visual Information Specialist in New York, NY
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at National Park Service full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Celebrates history and nature , enriches employees, rewarding working with visitors, and excellent job security,

        Cons

        Not open to innovation, constantly in need of funding, some employees are incompetent, little room for career advancement, and overall the organization moves at a glacial pace.

        National Park Service2019-05-06
      • Helpful (1)

        "Beautiful places to work, not diverse enough and hard to land a permanent job."

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        Current Employee - Park Ranger in San Francisco, CA
        Doesn't Recommend
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at National Park Service full-time for more than 10 years

        Pros

        Enjoy beautiful park sites full of natural, cultural and historical richness. Spend some time outdoors, not just in an office. Share national parks with new audiences and connect with park visitors. Get to wear an iconic uniform complete with a badge and famous hat. Bragging rights to working at iconic landmarks.

        Cons

        Near impossible to get hired, let alone land a permanent job. Be ready to invest many years of entry-level internships, seasonal or temporary work competing with a nationwide demand for jobs. Management often overlooks frontline employees and treats them as bodies staffing sites to stay open. Also a lot of favoritism in the park to employees who are submissive; outspoken staff are often reprimanded. Preferred employees...

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        Advice to Management

        Give diverse employees the opportunity to grow within the agency instead of only leaving them on the bottom of the chain overworked and undervalued. Create career paths, not just seasonal jobs that only cover site staffing. Provide access to up-to-date office and interpretive technology and utilize modern tech and social media. Provide housing options to families, not just interns or single employees. Get to actually...

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        National Park Service2019-05-15
      • "Nice views, hard work, slow movement up"

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        Current Employee - Forestry Technician in Three Rivers, CA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at National Park Service full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        You get to protect and witness the national parks and lands like no other. Access to some of the most exclusive spots on the planet. Health benefits and doubled my hours and tripled my pay with OVERTIME.

        Cons

        Very limited growth and 2 years there they never really cared about successes in individual action plans, it was recognized within our crew but was not confronted as a group as everyone was seasonal

        Advice to Management

        Sign taskbooks when warranted. Helps retention in employment.

        National Park Service2019-04-25
      • Helpful (1)

        "Thought to get full time"

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        Current Employee - Maintenance Worker in Gatlinburg, TN
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at National Park Service full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        You are entrusted with protecting some of the most important resources in the United States. The job can be very exciting and interesting.

        Cons

        Hiring process, seasonals treated very poorly, some parks have very serious management issues that do not get addressed.

        Advice to Management

        You have very committed employees willing to make huge sacrifices to work for you. Treat them like they are valued and don't allow them to be bullied or held for Ransom by politicians looking to their own self interests.

        National Park Service2019-04-08
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