Posted by: rmorrisey | June 16, 2007

3,000 New Seasonal Jobs!

I’m not a big fan of Dubbya but I was pleasantly surprised by his recent budget proposal for the National Park Service.  As part of the Centennial Challenge initiative aimed at getting parks in better shape for the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, the President has proposed a $3 billion investment in national parks over the course of the next ten years.

In addition, the proposed budget for fiscal year 2008 (October 1, 2007 thru September 30, 2008) includes funding for 3,000 new seasonal positions.

A press release issued by the National Park Service says that the President’s budget proposal will provide a solid foundation for park base funding.  “With $140 million in increases at the park base level, this budget supports core mission responsibilities like interpretation and education programs, staff at visitor centers, park safety, and maintaining resources and facilities in good condition.”

This is good news for you Park Ranger Wannabees.  In fact, it’s some of the most positive NPS news I’ve heard in the last ten years. 

For more information about the NPS Centennial Challenge, go to:

For more information about how to get a Park Ranger job with the National Park Service, go to


UPDATE:  Just came across this Federal Times article with more info about this budget initiative.


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