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  • National Park Service Summer Seasonal 2012

    Hello, fellow NPS people! I was just checking in to see who has heard anything about summer jobs with the NPS. With all the budget turmoil going on right now, I have been curious to see how it will affect employment this season (especially for seasonals). Any availability checks or offers yet?

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    Well no surprise but seasonal positions will be the first personnel cut. Followed by moving permanent full time positions into furlough positions. I think you will see a lot of seasonals returning to the parks they were at in 2012. It will probably be very hard for newer or less experienced seasonals to get a gig.

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    • #3
      Not surprised at all, unfortunately. I do have at least one position tentatively lined up, so I don't think I'll be too picky this year. Fortunately, I have over 4 seasons experience at 4 different parks, so hopefully that will help. I'm also an EMT which is always a plus. I'm trying to remain as optimistic as possible at this point.

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      • #4
        I'm tired of worrying if I should attend a seasonal academy or keep my federal job. Part of me wants to be an NPS seasonal and part of me is saying that I will be waiting around for a job that will never materialize.

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        • #5
          Well, I have received 2 availability checks this week! I still have a few dozen applications out, so things aren't looking too bad right now! I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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          • #6
            Regarding the PEB:

            It seems like different parks do theirs in a different way. My first (and only) park did the bench press test in a power rack. The safety bars were a couple inches above the chest. The bar was on the safety bars and you just had to push the bar to extension.

            I have also heard parks use a smith machine, others a more traditional bench machine, others use free weights where the bar was lowered to the chest by spotters, and others which most people would call a "normal" freeweight bench press.

            What is the most common technique for the PEB?

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            • #7
              Yep. Different parks will do it different ways. I've heard varying rules regarding the bench press, but I believe as long as you can demonstrate that you can lift the required weight from near chest level, that is what counts. I've worked at 4 parks and one other job that required a PEB and we have done it all of the above ways you mentioned. I wish there was a more consistent way because I know that some of the machines are horribly inaccurate. Depending on the machine used, my bench press has varied 30+ lbs! lol

              Originally posted by wildlife97 View Post
              Regarding the PEB:

              It seems like different parks do theirs in a different way. My first (and only) park did the bench press test in a power rack. The safety bars were a couple inches above the chest. The bar was on the safety bars and you just had to push the bar to extension.

              I have also heard parks use a smith machine, others a more traditional bench machine, others use free weights where the bar was lowered to the chest by spotters, and others which most people would call a "normal" freeweight bench press.

              What is the most common technique for the PEB?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by wildlife97 View Post
                Regarding the PEB:

                It seems like different parks do theirs in a different way. My first (and only) park did the bench press test in a power rack. The safety bars were a couple inches above the chest. The bar was on the safety bars and you just had to push the bar to extension.

                I have also heard parks use a smith machine, others a more traditional bench machine, others use free weights where the bar was lowered to the chest by spotters, and others which most people would call a "normal" freeweight bench press.

                What is the most common technique for the PEB?
                You have heard correctly (from an NPS Fitness Coordinator). It varies a lot, but it is supposed to be a universal machine at chest level.

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