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 Apply: Students within the Browning, Montana commuting area. Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student in an accredited technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, undergraduate, graduate or professional school in the Browning, Montana area.
These positions are being filled under the Pathway's NTE Internship Program and are expected to last 2 years. Appointments may be extended based on continued need/funds and the student's continued eligibility in the Pathways Internship Program. Interns may be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term appointment without further competition upon satisfactory completion of the program requirements. If converted to a term or permanent position, these positions will have a full performance level of a GS-09. Conversion is not guaranteed.

The incumbents will be placed in the NPS ProRanger Program located in San Antonio, Texas. The ProRanger Program is an academic and technical skills training as well as a paid internship. A ProRanger Cadet will become part of a learning cohort made up of 16 fellow cadets. Positions will be hired at the GS-4 and GS-5 level. The cohort will annually participate in a ProRanger course that focuses on learning about the mission and functions of the NPS, the role of law enforcement in National Parks and the reflective National Park experiences of the cohort group. As well, the ProRanger Program San Antonio Cadet will be assigned to a National Park area and will be employed as a seasonal NPS Park Ranger during select summers. Upon successful completion of the summer internship(s), the ProRanger cadet will be enrolled in a 15 week Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP) for NPS Park Rangers.


During the summer months, the students will work full-time, 40 hours per week as follows: During the first non-academic summer period the ProRanger Cadet will be employed at a National Park Service area as a full-time seasonal general Park Ranger. Duties will include performing some backcountry patrols; informing visitors about park facilities and resources; learning park resources by reviewing published maps, park research materials, and other documents; reviewing visitor use patterns and their effect on the resource; may serve as a member of the park incident management team; assisting with the monitoring of the activities of the concessionaires, special permit holders and commercial use licensees to ensure compliance; operates vehicles and equipments used in general park operation.
During the second non-academic summer period the ProRanger Cadet will be employed at a National Park Service area as a full-time seasonal Park Ranger-Protection only if the cadet has completed the requirements below for the Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP). Duties will include assisting in preliminary investigations of felonies and other crimes and violations of park rules and public use and safety requirements, and in crowd control; working with other law enforcement personnel in investigating crimes and accidents, interviewing witnesses, interrogating suspects, and gathering evidence at minor crime and accident scenes; informing visitors about park facilities and resources.
Before enrolling in the SLETP the following requirements must be met:
*Submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test.
*Must pass a medical test - the Agency will pay for this exam.
*Pass the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) fitness test.
*Must be at least 21 years old before enrolling into SLETP.
*Must be free of any domestic violence convictions.
*Must pass a higher level Background Investigation.

If the Cadet has not completed the requirements for the SLETP, the second season will be performing general Park Ranger duties as described above. NOTE: The cadet must successfully complete the SLETP program as this is a condition of employment under the ProRanger program.

For additional job and/or duty location information, please call Lavell Merritt at 210-486-1701 or email at For questions on the application process, please call Rebecca Snavley at 303-969-2630.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel for summer work assignments.

Relocation Authorized

  • No