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'Tough but rewarding': Temporary jobs with Park Service can lead to full-time work – Alamogordo Daily News

by Arifa Rana

White Sands National Park Chief of Interpretation Kelly Carroll spent one summer as a seasonal worker with the National Park Service when he was working on his master’s degree.
Carroll spent six-months in a temporary position at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska.
“I had enjoyed my time as a seasonal Park Ranger so much that I kept just thinking about it and eventually I just decided I wanted to try and get a position with the National Park Service and I did,” Carroll said.
Carroll has been a full-time National Park Service employee for 13 years. He has been at White Sands National Park for four years.
Carroll, who hails from Georgia, has worked at Great Basin National Park in Nevada where he becamup to being the lead Park Ranger.
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Carroll initially wanted to be a chief of interpretation, which is the position he now holds at White Sands National Park.
“I’m basically supervisor of visitor services,” Carroll said. “While at Great Basin, I knew I needed more experience, so I went to another park: War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam.”
Carroll has some advice for those wanting to pursue a career with the National Park Service or to try it through a temporary or seasonal position.
“It’s a tough position to get but it is rewarding and so I would say ‘stick with it,'” Carroll said. “Another piece of advice I have is to do some studying on the different ways people can get hired into different federal jobs.”
Federal employees, both seasonal and permanent, are hired through federal hiring system usajobs.gov
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White Sands National Park can have four to eight seasonal or temporary employees depending on funding and eligible candidates’ abilities, White Sands National Park Superintendent Marie Frías Sauter said.
Temporary seasonal employees’ duties include helping visitors plan their visit to White Sands National Park, delivering programs about the park to the public, providing protective services, search and rescue, maintenance and custodial work and resources management, Sauter said.
There are no statistics on how many seasonal White Sands National Park employees move to permanent positions, Sauter said.
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“However, many permanent National Park Service employees start their careers as temporary (seasonal) employees, interns or as volunteers,” Sauter said.
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White Sands National Park also works with programs, such as Student Conservation Association, Youth Conservation Corps, schools and universities and colleges to host interns
“National park units around the country hire seasonal (temporary) employees and there are many opportunities to explore,” Sauter said.
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