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National Park Service Employee Reviews about "visitors"

Updated Feb 9, 2020

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National Park Service Acting Director  Michael T. Reynolds (no image)
Michael T. Reynolds
49 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. "Great place to start career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at National Park Service part-time

    Pros

    Get to work outdoors and do work you are passionate about.

    Cons

    Visitors Can be disrespectful

    National Park Service2020-02-09
  2. Helpful (1)

    "You have to love the mission"

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    Current Employee - Park Guide in Big Bend National Park, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You work in beautiful places and at some parks even live inside the park. Housing can sometimes be sub par but at Big Bend National Park its pretty great and super affordable. You get to work with people on vacation so usually all the visitors are in a good mood.

    Cons

    As with probably and federal career, it can be super tricky to actually start working and sometimes even when you think you are hired you aren't which is really frustrating when moving to a new place for a job.

    National Park Service2019-09-15
  3. "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
  4. 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 must sacrifice weekends, be single, and speak multiple languages. Pay is not enough to afford living near the parks and not all park sites offer housing to employees. Not enough ethnic and age diversity. Majority of employees agency-wide are white males over 40 years old. If you're a young person of color your culture and age is not always welcome, you're even seen as a threat. Although there is a Diversity and Inclusion Committee comprised of majority of white employees.

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    National Park Service2019-05-15
  5. "Put that BA in History to good use!"

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    Current Employee - Park Ranger in Lowell, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interpreting history utilizing collections, archival material, exhibits and displays Developing interpretive programs, tours, and events Engaging and inspiring visitors to appreciate natural and cultural resources within the National Parks

    Cons

    Government shutdowns Furlough USA Jobs application process

    National Park Service2019-01-21
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful landscape and help maintain cultural, historical, and natural resources by getting dirty with hard work. Visitors are so grateful for the work you do. Very safety oriented, in practice, not just on paper.

    Cons

    It's the federal government so even necessary things take time. Constantly being asked to do more with less. Last 5 years with the budget fiascos has made every year worrisome. And lately, every month if will have a job.

    National Park Service2018-03-13
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    "Great Park to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Maintenance Worker in Mineral, CA

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

    Pros

    Working in the mountains Reasonable pay Diversity of work projects

    Cons

    Lack on projects to keep the maintenance division busy Lots of messy park visitors to clean up after Long commute from the nearest city

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    National Park Service2018-03-05
  8. "There are Perks to Volunteering in Remote Parks"

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    Former Freelancer - Volunteer in Juneau, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Park Service

    Pros

    While volunteering I was able to perform fun duties such as boat patrol which allowed for overnights in a historic cabin with trail cleanup in the morning. I was also required to monitor visitors safety and close animal viewing areas. It was a once in a lifetime experience that offered me many many unique stories to tell.

    Cons

    Getting food to remote areas takes some advance planning before your volunteering sessions begin.

    National Park Service2018-01-21
  9. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at National Park Service full-time

    Pros

    Really enjoyed working here. Fun coworkers, reasonable supervisors, friendly visitors

    Cons

    It gets busy in the high summer

    National Park Service2017-11-07
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Paid in Sunsets and Rainbows"

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Park Ranger 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    I loved feeling like I was making a difference. I was able to connect visitors of many backgrounds to the resource and give them the tools to care for their public lands. Most people working for the NPS have a sincere passion for their work.

    Cons

    Housing is usually dismal. I've lived in quarters that have active mice and/or ant infestations and management's answer is to use a trap or poison. It is easy to get burned out by the end of the summer, especially if you work at a high use park. The NPS often treats their employees as easily replaceable. Due to their hiring practices, veterans with no experience often are hired over people with years of experience and schooling.

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    National Park Service2017-09-13
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