Job Overview


***Closing date amended to Tuesday, January 07, 2014

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 12 temporary positions at Mount Rainier National Park. 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 rehire and/or extension (when initial appointment is less than 1039 hours) if workload and funding allow. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years.  Anticipated Entry on Duty: April, 2014

The park is located approximately 2 hours south of Seattle, near the communities of Ashford and Elbe.  Both are very small rural communities of several hundred people, with some housing available for rent or purchase, convenience stores, gas, church, and an elementary school (K-6).  Eatonville (32 miles from Longmire) and Morton are both larger rural communities of several thousand people and  have a wider variety of services; kindergarten through high school, licensed childcare, doctor, dentist, banks, grocery stores, pharmacy, movie theater, etc. as well as greater availability of housing for rent or purchase. Complete shopping, hospitals, and post- high school education options are available in Puyallup or Tacoma, approximately 60 miles.  For more information you may visit our website 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 central theme to this position is experience and involvement in an alpine environment.  The incumbent will participate as a team leader or member on patrols to climb any of the 25 main routes on Mount Rainier.  Terrain consists of trails, sub-alpine meadows, rocky slopes, snow fields, and glaciers from 1,800 to above 14,400 feet. Planning, and coordinating other climbing rangers on patrols will be required. Camping and climbing at high altitude, on glaciers, in storm conditions will be required.  Initiating resource monitoring, concession monitoring, and visitor interactions will also be the responsibility of the incumbent.  Climber registration, safety education, route reports, weather forecast, avalanche conditions, and general information are a part of the operation.

Employee will participate and help lead in search and rescues (SARs) for lost, overdue, injured, and deceased persons throughout the park.  SARs can last for up to fourteen days or longer.  The incumbent shall maintain a high state of readiness to respond to a variety of EMS calls.  The incumbent shall also monitor and help maintain their team's high state of readiness.   Employee will participate in emergency medial services (EMS) throughout the park. Initial patient assessment, treatment, splinting, packaging, drugs, vital signs, and transport are done at the EMT-B level following Mount Rainier Protocol.  Employee transports and/or leads a small team to transport patients via wheeled litters, toboggans, technical rope systems, ambulance, and helicopter.  Technical rope rescues in high angle terrain are another necessary duty.  Employee will help with aviation operations on SAR and EMS missions as well.

Employee will lead responses to avalanche related emergencies.  Following guidelines, the incumbent must be able to recognize avalanche terrain, conditions, and human factors surrounding avalanche phenomena. Incumbent must also be able to conduct simple snow-pit tests. Skill in beacon searching for single and multiple buried victims is required.

Employee will also be tasked with general upkeep, cleaning, and sanitation of back country facilities, including restroom sanitation, human waste storage and removal, and minor construction or repairs on buildings in the back country.

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

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is performed in setting in which there is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness, e.g., high or low temperatures, confined spaces or adverse weather conditions.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No