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    My career goal is to be in natural resources law enforcement. I am planning on working for my state fish & wildlife agency, however due to budget cuts they are actually cutting positions. I will be getting my AA this June and BA in summer or fall 2010. I have a community college in my state that has the NPS ranger academy. I was just wondering how many non-summer seasonal law enforcement ranger jobs are there? I know there are quite a few of summer seasonal gig's but when the summer is over are there fall, winter, and spring seasonal LE gigs? I don't want to become a fulltime LE ranger I am just seeing this as a job that I can do for a couple years till my state fish & wildlife agency budget turns around.. Thanks!!!

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    These have some info on winter seasonals. There saying that its more competitive to get a winter seasonal job and less parks are hiring in the winter.

    http://www.angelfire.com/mo/parkranger/jobinfo.html

    http://www.parkranger.com/phpBB2/vie...4b2f79b085aceb

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      I believe most of Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades are shut down due to snow/weather closures over the winter, so you may be hard-pressed to find a winter seasonal position in a park in WA.
      "Sir, does this mean that Ann Margaret's not coming?"

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      • #4
        Originally posted by GreenLine View Post
        I believe most of Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades are shut down due to snow/weather closures over the winter, so you may be hard-pressed to find a winter seasonal position in a park in WA.
        Ya I was thinking that too. But I know I would most likely be going all over the country for these seasonal gigs. I am 100% mobile so I don't really care where the seasonal gig is, just as long as it is a LE ranger position.

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        • #5
          I am 100% mobile so I don't really care where the seasonal gig is, just as long as it is a LE ranger position.
          Well, if you're willing to move/go anywhere, that's a huge advantage for you. Seems like too many people don't want to relocate, want to stay at home, whatever. Nothing wrong with that, but it narrows one's chances quite a bit.

          Have you tried looking for Forest Service LEO vacancies and/or USFWS Refuge Officer slots? I know there are only like 3 Refuge Officers to cover most of the National Wildlife Refuges in Eastern WA. Beautiful country and a cool job, often overlooked.

          There is a NPS message board for park rangers where they often talk about vacancies. You might pick the collective brain there:

          http://www.rangerfop.com/

          Another good NPS hiring source is on the Morning Report, which tells you what's going on in different parks around the country crime-wise.

          http://home.nps.gov/applications/morningreport/

          Apologies if you've already found this stuff.

          Once the state budget is out of the crapper, I'm sure WDFW will be hiring again. The state game wardens I know are forever bit$%ing about not having enough qualified applicants who meet all the state requirements AND would rather be GW's instead of WSP or another local agency.
          "Sir, does this mean that Ann Margaret's not coming?"

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