Job Overview


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information about the National Park Service, click National Park Service.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified U.S. citizens. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: This is a temporary position that is based on a work schedule of not to exceed 1039 hours.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work performed requires the exertion of very heavy physical effort in operating large riding movers; or lawn and garden tractors on grades and in areas with bushes, trees, and other visible obstacles that require significant maneuvering and lever control. The work involves lifting and moving objects over 50 pounds, and in some cases, carrying 80 to 100 pounds (or more) with assistance.


WORK ENVIRONMENT: Outside work is usually performed under all kinds of weather conditions. Indoor work is often accomplished in office buildings or in well-lighted, heated, and ventilated areas such as warehouses, loading docks, or trade shops. Frequently exposed to weather and temperature extremes, drafts, noise, dust and dirt and the possibility of bruises, muscle strains, cuts and scrapes. The equipment, tools and tasks involved frequently require extreme care and use of safety gloves, ear plugs, safety glasses, or respirators to avoid severe injuries.


AREA INFORMATION: This position is stationed at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park located in Northwest Arizona, approximately 60 miles north of Williams and 85 miles Northwest of Flagstaff at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Temperatures range from approximately 85 degrees in the summer to 17 degrees in the winter. Grand Canyon Village has schools K-12, a daycare center, post office, general store, banking facilities, churches, a recreation center, a clinic with resident physicians and several restaurants. The park community consists of some 2,000 people, including employees of the NPS and concessionaires and their family members. There are often employment opportunities for family members in the park and surrounding areas. The park community is small enough that many employees choose to walk or bike from their homes to work. Complete shopping, educational, medical and professional services are available in Williams and Flagstaff. Recreational opportunities include hiking, river rafting, fishing, cross-country and downhill skiing, and golfing in nearby communities.

Permanent employees obtain housing either through a bid system or by assignment into shared furnished quarters.   Because of limited housing, when an employees is assigned shared quarters, the park is not able to provide accommodations for family member and pets.   For additional housing information contact the park Housing Office at 928-638-7796.


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For position specific information contact Chris Brothers (928) 638-7729.



Laborers will be required to operate and perform routine maintenance to snow plowing equipment, skid steers, truck/trailer combos, multi-passenger vans, 4WD vehicles, etc. In addition, laborers will be expected to operate and maintain other types of mechanized equipment such as, gas powered jack-hammers, gas powered drills, generators, and chainsaws.  Employees will be expected to operate rigging equipment such as, grip-hoists, come-a-longs, and high lines. Laborers must be knowledgeable in the use of hand tools such as, shovels, picks, mclouds, and rock-bars. Laborers will construct and maintain water diversion structures (waterbars, drainage ditches), check/steps, walls, rip-rap, and trail tread in both front and back-country locations. Employees will be expected to mix and pour concrete, and work with both hot and cold mix asphalt. Laborers will move heavily loaded wheelbarrows and hand trucks; stack heavy logs, rocks and sacks of cement, etc. or perform other duties requiring comparable heavy physical effort.   Additional duties to this position include, under supervision; the installation and repair of ADA asphalt surfaced trails in developed and congested areas. Laborers may be required to assist in operating related asphalt equipment. Duties also include wet and dry-retaining wall repair and construction. Knowledge of mortar mixes andre-pointing techniques is beneficial. Dry-laid masonry construction is a predominant feature at Grand Canyon National Park. Employees will be required to build and repair dry-laid stone masonry on a regular basis.
Retaining wall repair will often require employees to work with fall protection equipment (climbing gear) to mitigate potential falls. At times, employees will be required to reconstruct walls on ledges that are exposed and precarious, often near cliffedges in excess of 400 vertical feet. All employees will be required to work away from duty stations in bunkhouse or backcountry (camping) environments for periods of no less than 9 days and frequently for periods of up to 30 days. In these situations employees are required to cook for other crew members, sleep in tents, maintain personal cleanliness and a sanitary living environment, cooperate with fellow employees, and camp in adverse weather conditions. All employees are required to hike up to 10 miles per day on steep, narrow, and congested trails often carrying heavy packs and equipment (50lbs). Employees are required to perform these tasks with minimal supervision in areas where the ambient temperature can exceed 100 degrees in the summer and dip below 0 degrees in the winter.

Laborers will also often be required to work around or beneath helicopters, sweep, mop, and clean compost toilet stalls, and assist with livestock operations when necessary.