The National Park Service employs around 780 people in Yellowstone. All job opportunities are announced on USAJOBS. Applicants must submit an application for every advertised position they are interested in. There is not a general application for positions, nor is there a “standing file” for positions. Only United States citizens may be considered for government positions with the National Park Service.
There are many different ways you can become involved. Are you looking for a full-time, permanent job? They’ve got those. Or maybe you’d prefer to work in parks for a few months as a seasonal ranger? They’ve got some of those, too. (See USAJOBs for listings of both permanent and seasonal jobs.) Are you a student looking for a meaningful internship or someone with some extra time who’d like to volunteer? You can find internship and volunteer opportunities to suit your needs and interests.
Current Job Opportunities
Interested in working in Yellowstone National Park as a National Park Service employee? Here are the current job opportunities open to the public. clicking here on them will take you to the detailed jobs announcement on the Yellowstone official site.
Tips When Applying to Seasonal Positions
- The park service accepts applications for summer positions between October and February and for winter positions between July and August.
- NPS post all seasonal vacancies on USAJobs. Search “National Park Service” and select “Temporary” in the Work Type field.
- Some of the larger parks receive hundreds of applications for only a handful of openings, so your chances for selection may improve if you apply to a smaller park. Consider volunteering or interning with some of the youth program partners to gain additional experience.
- For more information, see frequently asked questions about seasonal hiring.
Yellowstone’s concessionaires hire more than 3,000 people every year. Applications are accepted year-round, though people who apply before March have the greatest chance of being hired. Positions are available with:
- Yellowstone National Park Lodges
- Delaware North Parks & Resorts
- Medcor at Yellowstone
- Yellowstone Park Service Stations
Student Conservation Association
Each year Yellowstone welcomes full-time volunteers and interns from the Student Conservation Association (SCA). These individuals work on trails, assist with bear management, perform backcountry patrols, assist park visitors, and much more. SCA also places volunteers at hundreds of other national and state parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, and other areas.
Yellowstone participates in the National Park Service’s Volunteers in Parks program. Each year more than 85,000 volunteers donate more than 3,000,000 hours of service in the national parks. The program uses voluntary help in a way that is mutually beneficial to the National Park Service and the volunteer. Learn more about volunteer opportunities in Yellowstone.
Yellowstone Forever is the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park, providing education and philanthropic opportunities to visitors. Yellowstone Forever has employment and volunteerism opportunities for individuals who wish to live and work in Yellowstone. These opportunities include seasonal, year-round, and volunteer positions at our Yellowstone Forever offices and throughout the park.
Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps
The Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer employment program for people ages 15 through 18. This residential program begins in mid-June and continues through mid-August. Crews gain a better understanding of park management by rehabilitating trails, repairing bridges and boardwalks, and working on an assortment of resource management, maintenance, and research-related projects. A wide spectrum of environmental education and outdoor recreation opportunities are offered as part of the program.