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National Park Service Employee Reviews about "low pay"

Updated Jan 25, 2020

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National Park Service Acting Director  Michael T. Reynolds (no image)
Michael T. Reynolds
48 Ratings
Pros
  • "You work in beautiful places and at some parks even live inside the park(in 31 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Salary is below private sector and to achieve success one must work at various parks(in 26 reviews)

  • "Low pay, no opportunities for advancement or performance based compensation(in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing Work Environment"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Intern - Park Guide 

    I have been working at National Park Service

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, fun coworkers.

    Cons

    Low pay and isolated living arrangements.

    National Park Service2019-11-07
  2. "Super fun and rewarding job, but definitely not the best pay"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Bat Research Technician 

    I worked at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    Great experience, close knit community, spend a lot of your day hiking

    Cons

    Low pay, long and tiring hours

    National Park Service2020-01-25
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Beautiful workplace, but seasonal postings make it difficult"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Employee - Interpretive Park Ranger 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful workplace (literally where people go on vacation) Overall fun day-to-day work tasks (leading hikes, giving campground talks, etc) Typically great coworkers

    Cons

    Getting your foot in the door is hard Unless you know how to work the application, you are probably not going to get in If you're only a seasonal employee, it makes the rest of the year unstable Pretty low pay

    National Park Service2019-11-25
  4. "Good job."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lakewood, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free travel to national parks, flexible schedule, great benefits, nice office.

    Cons

    Low pay, no opportunities for advancement or performance based compensation

    National Park Service2019-10-21
  5. "GS-04 Lifeguard"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    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

    National Park Service2018-10-31
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Loved working here"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    Good people, great parks, nice to have a "mission"

    Cons

    Low pay, some of the management is clueless and should retire

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    National Park Service2017-11-30
  7. "Ranger"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    work outdoors in beautiful places

    Cons

    low pay for the type of work required

    National Park Service2017-10-11
  8. "Good environment but lots of bureaucracy"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    Great to be able to enjoy the outdoors while working and while not working.

    Cons

    Low pay, few benefits, and few prospects for job advancement within the park service.

    National Park Service2017-09-04
  9. "JOBZ"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits for all concerned

    Cons

    Low pay for expectations of job.

    National Park Service2017-06-29
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Happy but Poor"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Employee - Visitor Use Assistant 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most beautiful work setting you can have Interact with generally happy people from across the country and world Part of team with a long and proud legacy Big hat

    Cons

    Low pay Difficult to attain permanent status Bureaucracy Self-paid training needed for certain positions

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    National Park Service2017-03-18
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