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National Park Service

Cleaning and Maintenance Worker

May - August 2019 • Estes Park, CO

What I liked

Working in the National Park

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Amazing
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Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Yosemite National Park, CA

What I liked

Living right outside of Yosemite National Park was an experience of a life time. Learned so much during work along with enjoying the park. Great overall learning experience.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

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Entomology Research Intern

June - September 2019 • Denali National Park and Preserve, AK

What I liked

Supervisors and our projects, opportunity to recreate on the job (why I love field work), daily happenings and scenery, free entertainment activities each week, housing provided, witnessing seasonal changes, viewing wildlife, opportunities to try out experiences with other scientists for a day or so, paid environmental STEAM internship, experiential learning, getting outside the park, getting to interact with local Alaska youth from various backgrounds, community science

What I wish was different

More opportunities to practice taxonomy skills, opportunity to learn more about the data analysis portion of the research, more field work, more racial/ethnic and socioeconomic diversity in NPS staff and partner NPOs working in the park, higher stipend, safety day training and related materials being shared with interns at the start of their experience, knowing about the staff recreational rentals at the start of my position

Advice

Look at opportunities through Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Programs, Mosaics in Science, Geoscientists in the Parks, and Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change for paid National Park Service STEM/STEAM educational opportunities
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Trail Maintenance Worker

March - August 2018 • Alaska, Prince Edward Island

What I liked

This experience was amazing. I loved being able to mix my love for the outdoors in addition to understanding how the federal govt and national park service work on the inside.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Education intern

May - August 2019 • Zion National Park, UT

What I liked

I really enjoyed working with the education department in Zion National park. Everyone was so kind and willing to share their knowledge. I also loved meeting people from all over the world who came to experience Zion for the first time.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more experience working with other departments in the park service. I would have loved to work with vegetation or fire crews there as well as the education department.

Advice

That you get what you put into an internship. At the first of the season I was very nervous and didn’t put in my best effort in teaching. But once I got out of my comfort zone and got involved in the work, it was so fulfilling.
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Restoration Biotech

June - August 2019 • Point Reyes Station, CA

What I liked

All of the staff are extremely intelligent and kind. They care deeply about the work they do and they helped me understand all aspects of the internship and work they do for the environment.

What I wish was different

Honestly, nothing. Everything aspect was an amazing learning experience and even the toughest days of manual labor.

Advice

Be prepared to get dirty and work hard. A lot of the work is outdoors, and being in good physical shape is extremely helpful.
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Trail Maintenance Worker

May - August 2019 • Estes Park, CO

What I liked

The people!! We all have very similar values and interests that made working in a team environment incredibly fun and beneficial. I also really love the work that I do, which involves hiking around and maintaining trails. This can include digging drains, building bridges, walls, fishing piers, fences, etc., and maintaining trails. The mountains are an incredibly plus as well!

What I wish was different

Nothing. There's a lot of interaction between new employees and more experienced employees, which helps everyone learn the skills necessary to do well at the job. The expectations are always clear and fair.

Advice

Be willing to put in the hard work, even on days where you don't really feel like it. This contributes to a postive working atmosphere, and shows your coworkers that you care! Be excited to learn and experience something new - the world is full of awesome opportunities, and the work environment can open up those opportunities. Meet new people and make friends - this really makes or breaks the experience in the work field.
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Vegetation Intern

June - September 2018 • Grand Canyon, AZ

What I liked

It was amazing working completely by myself. I was given a lot of responsibility and learned a lot.

What I wish was different

I wish I had a little more direction going into the internship. I wasn't quite sure what to expect.

Advice

Working for a big organization like the National Park Service really gives you a lot of amazing connections and can open a lot of doors. It is interesting to see how organizations like this work from the inside.
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Seasonal Park Ranger

May 2019 • Porter, IN

What I liked

I was able to network with scientists and educators to help inform visitors about the ecology, culture, and history of the Indiana Dunes National Park. I was able to apply the skills I learned in the classroom to real world scenarios in order to educate others. I was part of the Pathways program which will allow me to continue to work full-time every summer and part-time throughout the rest of the year until I graduate. Once I graduate, I will have priority access to other jobs in the National Park Service or related branches if I wish to apply.

What I wish was different

Advice

This is a great opportunity for people across a variety of interests and majors. Whether you're interested in biology, education, or history, you will have something to gain from this experience. The amount of networking you will be able to do is unrivaled compared to many other workplaces. Also, working for the federal government is something potential employers take seriously when they see it on a resume.
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Intepretation Intern

May - August 2019 • Berlin, MD

What I liked

I enjoyed the beauty of the park, as well as the guidance from my coworkers.

What I wish was different

I wish I was payed more.

Advice

The role is very enjoyable. However, you do have to talk to and interact with a lot of people. If this bothers you than this position would be more difficult.
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Park ranger

May 2018 • Baker, CA

What I liked

Excellent coworkers, rewarding work, flexibility

What I wish was different

Isolated location

Advice

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Tour Guide

June - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I worked at the African Burial Ground National Monument. It was a wonderful experience. I got to give tours of the full site and assist with the running of the indoor museum part of the park. My coworkers were amazing and I got to learn a lot about the site and the history of NYC in regards to slavery.

What I wish was different

I wish it had been a paid experience as I put in over 200 hours worth of work over the course of the summer.

Advice

Investigate the internship possibilities of the park. They do exist, they can just be difficult to track down. Reach out to them directly if you are interested.
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Interpreter

June - August 2018 • Empire, MI

What I liked

Educating the public through programming I created myself.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time to prepare my programs.

Advice

Use your time wisely, and get thin socks if you are working in the summer.
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Laborer

July - August 2018 • Browning, MT

What I liked

Like working in the park and enjoying the outdoors

What I wish was different

Wish I would have started early and stayed a little longer with the job.

Advice

Great experience and opportunity to succeed
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Wilderness Ranger Intern

May - August 2018 • Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

What I liked

Got to spend time outside backpacking and interact with backcountry visitors to the park.

What I wish was different

My training wasn't very well thought out. The employee (fellow Ranger) who trained me didn't realize he was going to do it until the day we both showed up for the job.

Advice

If you are looking to get a job in the National Park Service, absolutely look at internship opportunities first.
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INTERPRETIVE RANGER

May - October 2018 • Cedar City, UT

What I liked

Great people , environment and job.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Beach Lifeguard

June 2017 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Working on the beach

What I wish was different

Better hours

Advice

always be on time and dilligent
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Public and Legislative Affairs Intern

May - August 2018 • Denver, CO

What I liked

Opportunity to learn about the wide range of jobs within the NPS

What I wish was different

I wanted it to be longer

Advice

Know what you want to get out of the experience before you start. Don't let yourself be spread too thin by random tasks. Pursue the work that will challenge you and help you grow.
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Social Service Aid

May - August 2018 • Yellowstone National Park, WY

What I liked

I like working with teenagers and giving them one of a kind recreational experiences in Yellowstone.

What I wish was different

Bureaucracy within the federal government prevented me and all my co-workers from starting on our established start dates and was a complete hassle to deal with.

Advice

You need to know how to be professional but still fun in this job.
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Beach Lifeguard

May 2017 • Highlands, NJ

What I liked

Positive and encouraging work environment and sense of community between employees.

What I wish was different

Advice

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