How to Become a Yellowstone National Park Ranger


If being a Yellowstone National Park Ranger is your dream career, prepare yourself for the requirements of filling the job. Getting any job is not an easy task to do, working for our government, protecting a national treasure will require even more from you. The National Park Service is not an easy place to join, but the benefits are worth it for someone who desires to protect nature's resources for us all.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access
  • Research your desired position as a Yellowstone National Park Ranger. Being a Park Ranger entails many different aspects of working at Yellowstone National Park. Positions will range from being a protector, to selling permits or participating in a youth program.

  • Fulfill the education requirements for the desired position. As a Yellowstone National Park Ranger (Protection), you will need a "NPS Type II Law Enforcement Commission" in order to qualify for the job. If you don't have this, take the time to get it before applying.

  • Obtain and have ready all necessary paperwork. Besides your certification, you will need proof of U.S. Citizenship and a state issued driver's license. A background and security investigation will also be conducted during the application process, along with a pre-employment medical exam and drug test.

  • Navigate to the website and apply for the job that you are seeking. At the website, type in "Ranger" under "What" and "Yellowstone National Park" under "Where". This will give you a listing of all the currently available ranger jobs for Yellowstone.

  • Click on the job description that fills your desired Ranger job. Read down the overview to make sure that this is the position for you. Click "Apply Online" to begin the application process. Follow through with the application until complete. Forms that can not be submitted through the online process can be faxed in to the agency.

  • Pass other tests required for your position. For Protector, this will include a "Physical Efficiency Battery" (PEB). This is a fitness test consisting of five categories. You will need to pass the "Body Composition," "Illinois Agility Run," "Sit and Reach," "Bench Press" and "1.5 Mile Run."

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