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National Park Service opens more than 250 jobs in Pacific Northwest


Last updated 12/28/2016 at Noon

The National Park Service has more than 250 seasonal job openings for the summer of 2017 in more than 10 parks Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

These openings are for a wide variety of positions, including backcountry rangers, entrance station fee collectors, archeologists, motor vehicle operators, carpenters and more. Many jobs range in pay from $14 to $20 an hour.

“What better way to spend a summer than getting paid to work and live in a national park?” said Pacific West Regional Director Laura Joss. “Seasonal jobs are a great way to get your start with the National Park Service, whether you are beginning your career or looking for a change.”

Applications must be submitted on the website The site can be easily searched from the home page by entering “National Park Service” in the keywords field and any state name, such as Washington, in the location field. Applicants may create a profile on the website in advance to save time once the hiring process begins, which is recommended.

Application timelines vary depending on the specific position, and some are open for only a short period. Those interested in finding more information about a specific position are encouraged to contact the national park hosting the position.

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 413 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.

Learn more about the National Park Service at


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