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    This position is located in Mount Rainier National Park, Division of Visitor Services and Resource Protection and supports the Mountaineering program. 

    Career Seasonal Position: This is a CAREER-SEASONAL POSITION, therefore you will be guaranteed at least 36 weeks of work, and it is expected that you will be placed in mandatory non-pay status for 16 weeks each year.

    Mount Rainier National Park is a National Park located in southeast Pierce County and northeast Lewis County in Washington State.  It was established on March 2, 1899 as the fifth national park in the United States. The park encompasses 236,381 acres (369.35 sq mi; 956.60 km2)[1] including all of Mount Rainier, a 14,411-foot (4,392 m) stratovolcano. The mountain rises abruptly from the surrounding land with elevations in the park ranging from 1,600 feet to over 14,000 feet (490 - 4,300 m). The highest point in the Cascade Range, around it are valleys, waterfalls, subalpine meadows, old-growth forest and more than 25 glaciers. The volcano is often shrouded in clouds that dump enormous amounts of rain and snow on the peak every year and hide it from the crowds that head to the park on weekends.  The Carbon Glacier is the largest glacier by volume in the contiguous United States, while Emmons Glacier is the largest glacier by area. About 1.8 million people visit Mount Rainier National Park each year. Mount Rainier is a popular peak for mountaineering with some 10,000 attempts per year with approximately 50% making it to the summit.  Work takes place at all levels in the park from low-country ranger stations to climbing and rescue activities at the summit.  Work is extremely strenuous and often conducted in poor weather.  Backcountry travel is required and subject to primitive conditions and composes up to several weeks each year.

    Position Contact:  Stefan Lofgren (360) 569-6642 or Stefan_lofgren@nps.gov

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    The incumbent will act as a team leader on climbs on routes on Mt. Rainier either to access terrain for operational purposes or during emergency incidents to rescue lost or injured climbers.  Incumbent will lead field search and rescue activities in high altitude, steep, glaciated mountaineering environments, often in poor or winter-like conditions, prepared to lead technical rope rescues, perform short-haul operations and provide patient care.  Incumbent participates in the aviation program at Mt. Rainier as a Helicopter Crewmember and will participate and help lead Search and Rescues (SARs) for lost, overdue, injured and deceased persons throughout the park.  Incumbent will lead responders to emergency incidents and perform scene size-ups, request additional resources and perform medical triage, often after having climbed long hours through technical terrain in poor weather.  Lead a response to avalanche related emergencies.  Schedule and operate a ranger station and/or information center for purposes of preventative search and rescue (PSAR) and climber registration.  Incumbent may staff, lead and operate climbing high camps (Camp Schurman and Camp Muir) for the purposes of maintaining faculties and providing PSAR.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - 6-10 nights per month

    Supervisory status


    Who May Apply

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    United States Citizens

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