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National Park Service Reviews

Updated December 3, 2018
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Pros
  • "Work in beautiful places with people who love the outdoors" (in 25 reviews)

  • "Beautiful work environment with the friendliest fellow employees and great experiences" (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay for expectations of job" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Additionally pathways into the NPS as a full time employee are difficult to navigate without allies" (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Solid People and a Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Visitor Use Assistant in Forks, WA
    Former Employee - Visitor Use Assistant in Forks, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Supervisors were incredible and provided everything that we needed. We were well-trained and there was an awesome sense of community within the park.

    Cons

    Really none that I experienced. I know some wished that we had Wi-Fi like some of the other Parks, since cell service was limited, but we made our own fun.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. This is the best part of the government, in my somewhat-biased opinion.


  2. "Great entry level job"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Palmetto Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Palmetto Bay, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, clear instruction, virtually no micromanaging.

    Cons

    Pay isn't great, moving upwards requires a bit of luck even if you're very qualified.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employees to do more activities. Sometimes it feels like there is a lack of imagination and things can become a bit monotonous and boring.

  3. "GS-04 Lifeguard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Park Service part-time

    Pros

    You can exercise on the job, interact with other employees, good break system, outdoors

    Cons

    High pressure, low pay, hot weather, sunburn, crowded on weekends, traffic getting in on weekends and holidays


  4. "Seasonal Park Ranger"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Park Service part-time

    Pros

    Fun coworkers, see the best of the country

    Cons

    Poor management, hiring practices are frustrating, difficult to move up


  5. "Dreamy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome location, awesome coworkers, awesome job description.

    Cons

    Eventually, these seasonal jobs wrap up and you have to go elsewhere.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job security , flexible schedule,

    Cons

    Government employees, lacks progressive thinking

    Advice to Management

    Stop operating like you always have


  7. "Park Ranger"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    Supportive staff. Open to new ideas.

    Cons

    Hard to get permanent positions!

  8. "OK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Decent Pay
    Steady
    Good People
    Non profit

    Cons

    Supervisor was very racist.
    Management is very fake.
    Poor Communication


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Park Ranger"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    Outside area that is very pleasant

    Cons

    Non-stop questions from idiotic people

    Advice to Management

    Respect time off requests


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start a career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    Great people, flexible hours, important mission, good benefits. Great place to start a career and understand how big organizations work.

    Cons

    Hard to move up the career ladder. Promotions basically nonexistent. Positions / job duties not always well thought out.

    Advice to Management

    Need to work on organizational structure / integrating 21st century needs and workforce management techniques. Listen to employees who are on the lines actually doing work & how they work best.