National Park Service Rangers
About this Agency
The primary purpose and responsibility of National Park Service Rangers is to preserve and protect the National Park System in the United States. These uniformed employees have many responsibilities, and are stationed all over the country. All employees of the agency are responsible for the preserving nature within the National Parks, but it is the term Park Ranger that is used to describe those in uniform.
There are many duties that Park Rangers are responsible for. To start, park conservation is very important and includes: cultural resource management, development of activities for visitors, fire control, control of traffic by visitors, enforcement of laws and regulations, investigation of complaints and violations, search and rescue missions, and all management activities.
A Protection Ranger is a federal law enforcement officer with the authority to enforce state and federal laws within the National Park system. Within the system, these rangers are the top policing agency.
The first mention of a "Park Ranger" was made in 1899 after a fire broke out in the Adirondack Park. The term was used by the National Park Service for the first time in 1947.
Hiring Process and Eligibility
In most cases, Park Rangers are required to have a bachelor’s degree. That being said, somebody with a high school diploma and the right experience may qualify. Other requirements include good health, physical strength, and excellent eyesight. All law enforcement officers must also complete Law Enforcement training. Before starting their job, each employee must pass training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
U.S. National Park Service
1849 C Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20240