The main responsibility of a park ranger intern at Yellowstone National Park is to assist in many different areas including bear management, resource management, law enforcement, and backcountry. All of the different fields require a strong work ethic and the ability to do strenuous physical labor outside in the heat for many hours at a time.
A basic knowledge of the natural resources
- A basic understanding of backcountry hiking and camping
- The ability to lift 50+ pounds
- The ability to work long hours in the heat of the day while doing strenuous labor
- A class C driver's license
- Ability to Interpret and act on instructions in a timely manner
Benefits and Opportunities
This is a paid internship with housing provided and travel and food included with an $800 stipend for the summer. This internship is only available through the Proranger Program at Texas A&M and is a precursor to working as a Law Enforcement Park Ranger for the National Park Service. Yellowstone offers a plethora of outdoor recreation activities and an adaptable schedule to allow for these activities.
During my time at Yellowstone I was able to work with many different groups and gain many different tidbits of knowledge from all of them. I gained experience working with telemetry units while working with the bear management team, and gained knowledge of backcountry trail clearing from the backcountry crew. These skills as well as many others were gained this summer during my time at Yellowstone National Park.