Wolves

Mickey
How do you become a ranger?
This question relates to the items listed below. Click each link for more information
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Bears, Bird Watching, Deer, Guided Tours, Elk, Gear, Ranger-led Programs, Moose, Wolves, Camping, Kids Activities, Safety, Volcanology
8 years ago
0
Answers
Expert Answer
85 Answers
31Helpful Answer Rating

Your question is a popular one! For more about becoming a National Park ranger, check out this answer from our partners at the Association of National Park Rangers.

 For more about becoming at sate park ranger, check out this answer.

8 years ago
00
Expert Answer
85 Answers
31Helpful Answer Rating

This answer come to you from our partners at the Association of National Park Rangers. We hope you find it helpful:

The National Park Service (NPS) employs people in all kinds of job titles (20,000 year-round and another 7,000 - 10,000 during the summer) even though the general public often thinks that everyone that works for the NPS is a "park ranger."  Of these 30,000 employees, perhaps 7,000 are in positions that are titled park ranger.  I'll concentrate on those for now, but folks interested in maintenance jobs, or administrative jobs, or research and science related jobs should know that those jobs are there too.
 
Park ranger jobs are divided into 2 groups.  First, there are park rangers that primarily perform park interpretation.  These employees work in the park visitors' center, lead guided walks and talks, give off-site programs at local schools, establish and/or modify the park's website, write site-specific brochures and other materials, and design visitor center displays or movies, etc.  In short, this group of park rangers is the parks' primary link between the park resources and park visitors and neighbors.  By explaining the national significance of the individual park and the resources it preserves, interpretive park rangers hope to establish or strengthen visitors' understanding and support for parks, the environment, history, etc.
 
The second group of park rangers are those that primarily perform park protection.  These employees perform law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical services, fire management, etc.  They are more likely to be working outside, in all kinds of weather conditions, and they might be doing this in all kinds of modes of transportation, i.e. on foot, on horseback, in vehicles, in boats, on skis, in small planes, etc.  Like interpretive rangers, protection rangers have a great responsibility to be knowledgeable about the parks' resources and threats (from human behavior) to them.  While they have many friendly, informational contacts with visitors, they also have visitor contacts that are sometimes confrontational and can be stressful.
 
For either type of ranger job, a bachelor's degree from a 4-year college or university with a heavy emphasis in the natural sciences or U.S. history is generally required to be competitive.  Any public speaking experience one can gain is also very helpful.  First aid training is available in most communities and having some level of certification in first aid and CPR is helpful.  There is also free online training to anyone at the Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Lands at Indiana University. Such training helps one understand the NPS mission and culture and shows prospective hiring officials that you are truly interested in becoming an NPS employee.
 
Many folks that hope to be interpretive park rangers often start out working as park volunteers while they are in school or are in some other full-time career.  These opportunities are available at all NPS sites including Lake Mead National Recreation Area just outside Las Vegas.
 
For protection rangers there are a few additional requirements.  You must be at least 21 years old.  You also must be a graduate of one of the NPS-approved Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Academies.  A list of these schools and more information is available online. One can also pursue similar opportunities in your home community to gain experience that might make you more competitive.  Become an ambulance attendant in your community, become a volunteer firefighter with your local fire department or your state forestry department, or become a member of your local community search and rescue squad.
 
Finally, the Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR) is a membership organization open to anyone.  One does not have to be a park ranger or an NPS employee to become an ANPR member.  There are networking and informational opportunities within ANPR that can help one be competitive for NPS jobs, and it is important to understand that it is not just what you know, but also who you know that will help one get their foot in the door with the NPS.  ANPR also offers a publication for sale titled, "Live the Adventure: Join the National Park Service" that can be helpful in understanding the requirements for park ranger jobs.  

For more information about ANPR visit their website.

7 years ago
00
Park Love...
Where is the major trail head at the foot of Mt. Olympus near Salt Lake City Utah?
This question relates to the items listed below. Click each link for more information
Wasatch Mountain State Park, Utah, Bird Watching, Mountaineering, Mountain Lions, Wildflowers, Wolves
8 years ago
0
Answers
Expert Answer
2 Answers
3Helpful Answer Rating
The trailhead is located east of Salt Lake City on Wasatch Boulevard. If you are traveling north on I-215, take the 3900 South exit to Wasatch Boulevard, then turn south and drive for 2.3 miles. If you are driving south on I-215, take the 4500 South exit to Wasatch Boulevard, than continue south for 1.6 miles. There is a paved parking lot on the east side of Wasatch Boulevard, which is marked the "Mt. Olympus Trailhead.” The trail climbs 4,200 feet over 3.5 miles from the trailhead at 5800 S. and Wasatch Blvd. Mount Olympus offers many challenging routes and we hope you’ll share your experiences with everyone at OhRanger.com.
8 years ago
00
Park Love...
Where in Yellowstone is the best place to see wolves? Tiime of day? What is the likelyhood?
This question relates to the items listed below. Click each link for more information
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Ranger-led Programs, Wolves
8 years ago
0
Answers
Expert Answer
85 Answers
31Helpful Answer Rating
In general, the best place to see wolves in Yellowstone National Park is the Lamar Valley. Early morning is best. For some great feedback from area experts, check out the comments on this page: http://www.ohranger.com/yellowstone/oh-ranger.
8 years ago
00
Park Love...
Is the pass in Glacier cleared of snow yet? Can we hike in the Bridge Bay aera of Yellowstone yet?
This question relates to the items listed below. Click each link for more information
Glacier National Park, Auto/Motorcycle, Bears, Bicycle Touring, Health & Fitness, Moose, Mountain Lions, Wolves, Camping
8 years ago
0
Answers
Expert Answer
85 Answers
31Helpful Answer Rating

Real-time information about Glacier National Park road status is available online or by calling 406-888-7800 (Glacier National Park) or 800-226-7623 (Montana Department of Transportation Traveler Information System).

Check the list of facility opening and closing dates for information about visiting Yellowstone. A list of Yellowstone road conditions is also available. You can also read more about Bay Bridge Campground online.

8 years ago
00
The Wolves of Yellowstone

Following an absence of more than 70 years, wolves once again run beneath the ample skies of Yellowstone National Park.  Northern Rocky Mountain wolves, a subspecies of the gray wolf (Canis lupus), were native to Yellowstone when the park was established in 1872. Predator control was practiced in the park ...

READ MORE
Syndicate content