Job Overview


Experience your America by building a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. The National Park Service preserves unimpaired, the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

The Seasonal Recruitment Operations Center is currently accepting applications to fill up to thirty (30) temporary positions at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.  Appointments made under this announcement are limited to 1039 hours (six months) in a service year and may be terminated at any time. Appointments under this announcement are eligible for extension if workload and funding allow.  Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years.  Anticipated Entry on Duty: May 2014

Yellowstone National Park: Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America's first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Information on Yellowstone National Park is available at

This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.



The incumbent serves as a Park Ranger assigned to Mammoth, Tower, Norris, Canyon, Lake, Grant, Old Faithful, Madison, West Yellowstone, or other location within Yellowstone 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. The Division of Interpretation operates nine visitor centers and museums and provides more than 8,000 interpretive programs annually.  Yellowstone National Park receives more than three million visits per year.  The incumbent researches, develops, writes, and presents formal interpretive talks, walks, hikes, and multi-media (PowerPoint) evening campfire programs using current accepted interpretive techniques and provides these programs on the parks rich cultural and natural history and on resource management issues; provides informal interpretive services – roves and impromptu talks at critical resource locations; assists with traffic control (wildlife jams), search and rescue, fire suppression activities, and minor/light maintenance duties; operates an information desk in one of the Park visitor centers; greets and assists visitors, providing specific information and detailed orientation relating to the park; responds to visitor questions in person and by telephone that are repetitive in nature and draw upon basic information readily available to the incumbent; assists with the administrative duties – property inventories, fleet management, brochure ordering and stocking, and requests for supplies; serves as a park fee collector.  Issues/sells Federal Passports, fishing permits, and Junior Ranger newspapers upon request; accurately maintains passport records and funds according to guidelines and appropriate training; uses Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and other computer programs to keep statistical data and to prepare interpretive programs and reports; provides for the safety of visitors, coworkers, and self; uses and maintains audio/visual equipment; performs minor trouble-shooting and repair of audio/visual equipment and reports malfunctions to the supervisor; and works on special projects such fleet management, exhibit maintenance, copying, data entry, and statistical reports.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work involves extensive periods of standing and walking, in some cases over rough surfaces or inclines, carrying backpacks, tools, rescue equipment, etc.

Work Environment

Duties require both indoor and outdoor activities in a wide range of temperatures and climatic conditions during all seasons of the year. Outdoor conditions may include temperature extremes from 0 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit at higher altitudes with low relative humidity. Inclement weather may be expected during much of the year. Work is performed at altitudes of 5,500 feet to over 11,000 feet. The work environment is often one of high stress caused by long hours, heavy workloads, short deadlines. Work is in bear and other large mammal habitats.

Relocation Authorized

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