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For Nature Lovers: U.S. National Parks Are On A Hiring Spree Right Now

For those who want to get away from it all and earn a little bit of coin in the process, the National Park Service wants to talk to you. With the summer season comes tourists, not only those who want to explore their own backyards, but also those from elsewhere on the planet wanting to check out the natural wonders of the 50 states. And while some positions are summer temp postings, others are more permanent.

Park ranger positions are prime on the list and are priority, given that most job application deadlines are in May. Glacier, Theodore Roosevelt, and Death Valley national parks have set deadlines for this month, although one job opening in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is accepting applications until June 1.

Other jobs include cutting, preserving and studying trees in Yosemite National Park, while positions involving student outreach and engagement programs are up for grabs in Yosemite National Park.

At this writing more than 200 jobs are available through NPS, including visitor service attendants, lifeguards, environmental protection specialists, maintenance workers and guides. Pay scales vary widely as well with some as low as $14.59 an hour to more than $130,000 a year. Student jobs are most prominent on the NPS postings. Most of the application deadlines take place in June.

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Although NPS didn't have a record year in attendance in 2017, falling short of 2016's all time high by nearly 90,000 visits, it still recorded more than 330 million visits. This summer is expected to be busy, especially with initiatives like Every Kid In A Park, which enables fourth-grade kids to get a free pass to all NPS services if accompanied with their families.

NPS is especially planning to fill jobs at the most popular parks in the U.S., given that half the visits in recent years have been to the top 25 spots under the federal organization's jurisdiction. Road traffic congestion, and crowded parking lots and trails will receive additional attention and may involve hiring extra bodies in those areas.

With tourists hitting more popular parks, the potential for forest fires occurring is also a concern for NPS. To that end, the organization's website has plenty of postings for firefighters.

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