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.

The Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal Careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed.

Who should apply: All qualified U.S. citizens who meet the eligibility requirements for the Pathways Internship Program as described below. You must be at least 21 years of age.

You may select a maximum of 4 duty locations. If you select more than 4 locations, you will not be considered.

What are the Eligibility Requirements? In order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Internship Program:

·         You must be a student accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program on at least a half-time basis and in good standing (certificate programs are post-high school programs equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum and the certificate must be a requirement for the position); enrollment must be with an accredited educational institution or state-approved home school including high schools, colleges, universities, technical, trade, vocational, or business schools.

·         Educational institutions must be accredited by organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To verify accreditation, please visit:

·         You must be in good academic standing maintaining a 2.0 grade point average on a cumulative basis; and

·         The duties of this position should be related to your academic or career goals


Upon completion of requirements for graduation and successful completion of the educational program, the appointee may become eligible for non-competitive conversion, at the agency's discretion, to a term or permanent position in the competitive service within 120 days following successful completion of all their education and work experience requirements. For more information on the Pathways Internship Program, visit

There is NO promotion potential for this position.

This job announcement is open for 90 days. The first cutoff for consideration will be 14 days from the opening date or receipt of 100 applications.


Position Information: These appointments are Pathways Internships. The work schedule is part-time or full-time, to be determined upon student availability and the needs of the office.

Duties: The intern will perform a variety of Park Ranger-Protection functions including but not limited to:

·         Providing resource protection and public use management of a National Park Service Unit and performing a broad range of resource and visitor protection responsibilities.

·         Law enforcement teams are responsible for the full span of criminal activity ranging from crimes against people and property, drug and alcohol crimes, all traffic enforcement, criminal mischief, and natural and cultural resource protection crimes.

·         Emergency Medical Service Incidents, and Search and Rescue

·         Protect and preserve park resources using a broad variety of techniques including: law enforcement, resource knowledge, and education.

·         Work varying shifts, to include weekends, holidays, emergency call outs, etc.

The fundamental objectives of the work are:

·         Resource Protection - preserving the natural, cultural and human resources of the park by preventing the degradation, deterioration and destruction of the ecosystems, scenery wildlife, historical structures and artifacts and by preventing the loss and theft of objects, flora, and wildlife

·         Resource Education - educating and informing visitors about the significance of the resources of the park and about the laws, rules and regulations relating to the protection of the resources and to the operations of the park and the safe use of its resources

·         Public Use Management - managing public use and enjoyment of park resources by such means as will assure the integrity and perpetuation of resources, thereby sustaining the availability and quality of visitor experiences: managing and controlling NPS-cooperative entities

Special Key Requirements for Park Rangers-Protection Positions

·         Full-Field Background Investigation Required (MBI)

·         Must pass pre-employment physical examination

·         Designated and/or Random Drug Test required

·         You must carry a firearm while on duty

·         Must possess or be immediately eligible for a full (Level I or II) NPS Law Enforcement commission by entrance on duty; please provide your commission number with expiration date or your anticipated graduation date in your résumé

·         Must possess or be able to successfully complete the National Registry Basic Emergency Medical Technician training; please provide a copy of your current certification(s), if any, (i.e. Standard First Aid, CPR, EMT, etc.)

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: The duties of this position require some considerable physical exertion, especially during emergencies. You must be able to spend many hours on foot and be able to handle heavy equipment including rescue extrication equipment. In emergencies you must endure extreme physical exhaustion during structure fires, water rescues or long searches in difficult terrain.

Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB): This position requires arduous physical exertion involving walking, running, lifting, standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. The Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) is a fitness test consisting of five different components: 1) agility run – measures the ability to get up from the ground and sprint while changing directions; 2) bench press – measures the upper body strength for one repetition; 3) 1.5 mile run – measures cardio/respiratory fitness; 4) sit and reach – measures the flexibility in the lower back, legs and shoulders; and 5) body composition – measures the body fat. Prior to appointment, applicants will be tested in all five components, but only the agility run, bench press and 1.5 mile run will be measured for a passing score in the 25th percentile (age and gender adjusted) of these components. These procedures ensure that law enforcement officers are capable of performing strenuous physical training and law enforcement duties. Applicants shall be disqualified for appointment if they fail to meet any physical requirements. Employment is subject to termination for failure to meet the 25th percentile in each of the identified components being measured.

Physical Examination (Medical Screening): This position comes under the scope and requirements of the park’s Health and Fitness Program. Prior to appointment the person selected for this position must be determined physically fit by an authorized government physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties; and also pass a medical examination (which includes vision, hearing, cardiovascular, and mobility of extremities) given by an authorized government physician. This is not required if a comparable examination was required for placement in your current position and was completed within the last year.

Drug Testing: Position is subject to drug testing including pre-employment and random and reasonable suspicion testing thereafter during course of employment. In accordance with Executive Order 12564, if you are selected for this position, you will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment.

Area/Housing Information: Grand Canyon National Park, Flagstaff Area National Monuments, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Page), Petrified Forest National Park, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument (Flagstaff), Wupatki National Monument (Flagstaff), Tuzigoot National Monument (Camp Verde), Montezuma Castle National Monument (Camp Verde), Tonto National Monument (Roosevelt), Casa Grande Ruins National Monument (Coolidge), Saguaro National Park (Tucson), Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (Ajo), Tumacácori National Historic Park, Chiricahua National Memorial (Wilcox). You can find Arizona Park information at Arizona National Parks. Park housing may be available in some locations.

Travel Required

  • Not Required
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    Few vacancies in the following locations

    • Ajo, AZ
    • Camp Verde, AZ
    • Casa Grande, AZ
    • Flagstaff, AZ
    • Grand Canyon, AZ
    • Hereford, AZ
    • Page, AZ
    • Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
    • Phoenix, AZ
    • Roosevelt, AZ
    • Tucson, AZ
    • Tumacacori, AZ
    • Willcox, AZ