Employment Information

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.

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Harry Yount
First NPS ranger 1873

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There are many type of National Park Service parks. These include national parks, national preserve, national monument, national memorial, national historic site, national seashore, national battlefield park, national parkway, national lakeshore 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 inter-mountain regions include:

Southwest & Inter-mountain National Parks, Recreation Areas and Monuments, which hire seasonal park rangers include:

Arches National Park (UT)

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)
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site (AZ)
Lake Meade National Recreation Area (NV & AZ)
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (AZ)
Petrified Forest National Park (AZ)
Saguaro National Park (AZ)
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument (AZ)
Yellowstone National Park (WY)
Zion National Park (UT)
Other Agencies
Drug Enforcement Administration

Shannon Schmitt on patrol in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Class of Fall 2003

Federal Bureau of Investigation
U.S. Border Patrol
U.S. Customs Service
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Marshals Service

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

State parks and local law enforcement agencies.