Former Interpretive Park Ranger Intern at National Park Service
over 2 years ago
For me, each day was different which I really liked. I worked at Grand Teton National Park which is one of the most visited parks in the country. And on top of that, I worked at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center which is the busiest visitor in Grand Teton. So everyday I would look really different because I had one of 8 possible schedules. Most days I would give some kind of education program- guided hike, campfire talk, etc. and some days I would get to go to different places in the park to interact with the visitors there and answer questions. I also spent a lot of time behind the information desk where I would answer questions for people, provide them with maps, and interact with kids doing the junior ranger program. Each day was interesting because I talked to so many different people. At times the info desk can be tedious if the same three questions are being asked. It also would be a little tedious if I worked at a smaller visitor center or a smaller park that didn't get as much visitation.
Former Seasonal Protection Ranger at National Park Service
over 2 years ago
I personally like the mission. Having a career with the NPS is honorable. You’re educating, preserving, and protecting America’s best idea. You work with great people and meet people from across the world. However the job is just like any other job and includes its downsides. Some may not like how busy the summer can get with thousands of people visiting parks. NPS is also a government agency so you’ll be a federal employee serving the public.