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Some Interesting Jobs With The National Park Service


Thoughts about landing a job with the National Park Service might often revolve around being an interpretive ranger or law-enforcement ranger, but there are a lot more careers to be had with the agency.

Archaeologist, perhaps? Or historic ship rigger? Or maybe even a dive ranger! The Interior Department recently released a list of "15 Amazing Jobs At The Interior Department," and the following had ties to the National Park Service.

Dive Ranger Kelly Moore's job keeps her underwater/NPS,Brett Seymour

Dive Ranger

Location: Channel Islands National Park, California

Education requirements: At least a four-year degree in a science-related field of study, such as biology, environmental science, marine ecology, natural resource management or fisheries science -- as well as advanced SCUBA diving training and a Scientific Diver Certification.

Meet a Diver: Kelly Moore

As a dive ranger, Kelly uses her knowledge of the park’s marine resources and SCUBA diving skills in underwater programs in the kelp forests that are streamed into classrooms around the country. These live, interactive broadcasts are a unique way to educate students on the current state of our ocean and why it is so important for us all to do our part in protecting it.

“I feel fortunate to be able to observe and study the park’s marine resources and share those personal experiences with students who are our future ocean stewards.” -Kelly Moore

Sarah Karinen's field crew hiking through Capitol Reef National Park in Utah/NPS, M. Rabinowich

Field Crew Leader in Northern Colorado Plateau Network

Location: Based at Utah’s Arches National Park but with work in 10 amazing park units

Education requirements: A degree in biology, ecology, or natural resources

Meet a field crew leader: Sarah Karinen

For six months of the year, Sarah’s office is outside. She travels from park to park, collecting data on plants in forests, grasslands and shrublands. Analyzing the information gathered in the field helps us to better understand the health of vegetation, water and other natural resources. We share the data with park managers to make sure they have the science needed to preserve America's most special and treasured places.

“Most of the time my job doesn't feel like work, but I guess dream jobs usually don't. I am lucky enough to work in places so breathtaking that they don't always seem real.” -Sarah Karinen

Mariah Gardner tightening a line on a ship/NPS

Historic Ship Rigger

Location: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, California

Experience requirements: Experience sailing and rigging traditionally-rigged vessels, as well as experience in traditional rigging skills such as splicing rope and wire, tying the dozen basic knots used on sailing vessels, worming/parcelling/serving, and clapping on wire and fiber seizings.

Meet a Rigger: Mariah Gardner

Passing on the traditional physical skills to build, use and maintain historic sailing vessels is tough when most people are more interested in computers than ships, but it’s critical to keeping these historic sailing vessels around for future generations to experience. Each of the three large ships at San Francisco Maritime is literally the last of its kind, out of thousands originally built. If we lose the skills to maintain them, we will lose these "critically endangered species.”

“Not only are we preserving West Coast maritime history by keeping these historic ships afloat, but we're doing it in a part of the city that's tied to that history as well, which, for an unapologetic nostalgist, makes being here each day really special. Add to that the camaraderie of a group of people who make me feel useful, necessary, and tremendously capable and there's no question I'll suffer polyester-blend shirts in return. It's hard work and I like it.” -Mariah Gardner

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