Too many college graduates automatically begin applying for office-centered positions when they begin their job hunt. Sure, there are more jobs available inside buildings than there are outside, but not everyone is cut out for a life behind a desk. Take the challenge and begin thinking outside the cubicle. This may be right up your alley if you crave physical activity and fresh air.
The National Park Service is facing the retirement of huge numbers of park rangers, and is stepping up their efforts to recruit new ones. The job combines aspects of police investigative work, firefighting, emergency medicine, and search & rescue. No weekly, hours-long staff meetings that leave you comatose with this job!
The Washington Post reports that about half the park ranger force in that region (Maine to Virginia) are set to retire, and they’re having a tough time finding new recruits. New internship programs are in place for students, but if you’ve already graduated and have an interest in moving East (why, I can’t imagine), then the NPS would love to hear from you — ask about a returnship, if you want to give it a try rather than apply now for a full-time job.
The National Park Service posts its jobs on USAJOBs. If you love Colorado as much as I do and can’t bear the thought of moving to the humid, crowded East Coast, take a look at the positions available right here in Colorado. Salaries range all the way from the $20Ks to over six figures. As of this writing, there are 33 full-time jobs listed throughout Colorado, including park rangers, revenue officers, recreation aids, financial management analysts, research hydrologists, and safety & occupational health specialists.
So if you love Colorado’s beautiful scenery and want to work in it rather than just gaze at it through the breakroom window, consider working for the National Park Service.
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