Park Ranger Training Program
Northern Arizona University
The Park Ranger Training Program is part of a national network where quality instruction and current technology provide extensive professional knowledge and skill development. While successful completion of the 430 plus-hour program does not guarantee employment, it does give students the competitive edge when applying for positions with federal and state land management agencies. Seasonal Park Rangers average $16 per hour and can earn between $9,600 and $16,000 depending on the length of their season.
The Park Ranger Training program is also valued by other law enforcement agencies. Students have used the Park Ranger Training program to gain experience and enhance their marketability with the U.S. Marshals Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs and the U.S. Border Patrol.
There are many national parks, monuments, and recreation areas throughout the United States that hire seasonal park rangers. A partial list of parks that typically hire a number of seasonal law enforcement rangers in the southwest and intermountain regions include:
|Southwest & Intermountain National Parks, Recreation Areas and Monuments which hire seasonal park rangers include:||
Blaine Gillan on patrol in Glacier National Park. Class of Spring 2004.
|Bryce Canyon National Park (UT)|
|Canyonlands National Park (UT)|
|Curecanti National Recreation Area (CO)|
|Black Canyon National Monument (CO)|
|Dinosaur National Monument (UT)|
|Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (AZ)|
|Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)|
|Grand Tetons National Park (WY)|
|Yellowstone National Park (WY)|
|Zion National Park (UT)||
Shannon Schmitt on patrol in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Class of Fall 2003.
|Drug Enforcement Administration|
|Federal Bureau of Investigation|
|U.S. Border Patrol|
|U.S. Customs Service|
|U.S. Marshals Service|
|U.S. Army Corps of Engineers|
|Many other state and local agencies|
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