Student Trainee (Park Ranger)

  • National Park Service
  • West Glacier, MT, United States
  • Mar 20, 2017
Temporary Communication/Public Outreach Natural Resources

Job Description

his is a Temporary  Intern  appointment within the Excepted service. Appointments under this Pathways Internship position will be made in not-to-exceed one year increments, with anticipated full time work during the summer season. These appointments may be extended based on funding, work levels and employee performance.

The purpose of the Pathways Internship Program is to provide interns with exposure to public service, enhance educational experience, and support educational goals.  The program is formally structured to give interns the opportunity to work in positions related to their academic or career goals.

For more information on the Pathways Program, please visit:  Pathways


Walton Ranger Station: This position has a post of duty of Walton RS. Walton is located 25 miles east of West Glacier and 30 miles west of East Glacier, is 48 miles from most services in Columbia Falls, and 45 miles from most services in Browning.

Government housing is available. Payment for government quarters is through payroll deduction. Seasonal employees occupying government housing are not permitted to have pets. Additional information on Glacier National Park is available at 


This is a unique opportunity to work within Glacier National Park's recommended wilderness as a backcountry ranger intern. This position is designed to expose a student to a full range of duties to include conducting extended backcountry patrols, responding to a variety of emergencies, monitoring resource and visitor use impacts, conducting minor campground and trail maintenance, and providing for safe visitor enjoyment. The ranger is based out of the Walton Ranger Station and will primarily work to assist the Walton backcountry ranger. On occasion, work may entail assisting other backcountry rangers from across the park as well as to help with various trail-crew and volunteer group projects. The Walton area is one of the more rugged and remote areas of Glacier National Park where conditions can be challenging with inclement weather, swift water, and snow crossings. 

Physical Demands: The incumbent must be in excellent physical condition and able to hike, backpack, or ride stock long distances through rugged terrain in the park's backcountry. Project work may involve lifting moderately heavy loads and strenuous physical exertion. Incumbent may be exposed to very strenuous exertion by assisting with one or more of the following emergency services: search and rescue, emergency medical services, wildland fire, and bear management. The incumbent will be required to pass an arduous duty physical examination prior to entry on duty. Incumbent will be required to operate a non-commercial government vehicle (less than 10,000 GVW) in order to transport people, equipment and/or materials as part of their assigned duties; thus they will be required to possess a valid state driver's license.

Work Environment: Work is performed primarily outdoors in a remote backcountry setting. Incumbent will be exposed to a variety of temperature extremes and climatic conditions common to the Northern Rockies. Elevation will range from 3500 feet to over 10000 feet above sea level. Extreme elevation gains or losses will be common while patrolling the backcountry on steep, rocky trails, hazardous snow fields, loose scree and talus, thick brush and blow down. Other terrain features may make backcountry travel hazardous and strenuous. Incumbent will be required to camp overnight in the backcountry for extended periods of time, and should be both mentally and physically prepared to cope with the inherent potential hazards associated with hiking and camping in bear country. Incumbent may be required to paddle/row non-motorized water craft on Class II swiftwater or greater.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional backcountry travel may be required

Closes Thursday 3/23/2017

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Job Level

Entry-level, Intern (Paid)


Government- Federal


$12.53 / Per Hour Series & Grade GS-0099-03

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