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 three (3) temporary positions at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.  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.

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 10 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 4,000 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.  The park encompasses 1,904 square miles, including 277 miles of Colorado River.  South Rim facilities are open year round, but the North Rim is closed from October through April.

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.



Preventative Search and Rescue (PSAR) is a division under the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Branch of the Grand Canyon.  Our main function is to patrol upper corridor trails within the Grand Canyon and educate the public on safe canyon hiking.  This job extends from mid spring to mid fall, encapsulating the main heat months of June through August; heat illnesses, poor planning and inexperience become major factors during these summer months.  The EMS Branch responds on average to 1300 medicals a year, 275 SAR's and 700 Hiker Assists.  Communicating effectively with the public and seeking cooperation is a key facet to the job. Strong customer service skills are required.  Patrol duties include: implementing "Hike Smart" education to visitors; informing the public of park rules and regulations; provides advice on park activities, park history and park natural resources; responds to reports of hikers in distress and provides appropriate treatment and transport decisions within the scope of an EMT-B;  assists with medical evacuations of injured individuals (e.g., litter carry out, helicopter evac...); conducts radio operations during emergency situations and provides communications during routine operational activities.  Patrols are conducted primarily on South rim trails (e.g., Bright Angel, South Kaibab...), but may extend into the canyon's interior.  Patrols range from 3 miles to 15 miles of hiking in extreme heat, elevation and rugged terrain.  PSAR Rangers will also be scheduled for shifts in maintaining and operating the park ambulances.  The Ranger's duties include practicing emergency medicine to the EMT-B level and in most circumstances, will work directly under the supervision of a paramedic. Rangers may also be required to respond to night call outs, active SAR's and other potential duties required within the Visitor and Resource Protection Division.

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

  • 25% or Greater
  • Some travel may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No