ProRanger Program Overview

The ProRanger Program allows you to pursue your academic career while also working towards a full-time job as federal career employee within the National Park Service. ProRanger is designed to help you apply classroom knowledge in the field and provides specialized training, scholarship incentives, paid summer internships and paid admission into the NPS Law Enforcement Academy.

The program requires students to be enrolled in an accredited university while participating in the program including a 12-week summer internship. Following the internship, each ProRanger will attend the NPS Law Enforcement Academy at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This accredited academy will provide ProRangers with a Type II law enforcement commission used to be converted into a full time position at one of the many NPS units like Big Bend National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, or Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, to name a few.

After successful completion of the program requirements and graduation from an accredited university; ProRangers are eligible for non-competitive conversion to a position as a law enforcement park ranger within the National Park Service. Students must apply for positons and be selected under the applicable hiring authority. There is no guarantee that a position will be obtained. It is important to note that all previous students who have successfully completed the program have obtained employment within the National Park Service.

Program Timeline:

Program Year 1

  • Fall – Student is selected into the ProRanger Program
  • Spring – Student must participate in Texas A&M University preparation workshop for US Park Rangers. Students will also participate in Temple University‚Äôs online History of the National Park Service course
  • Summer – Student must participate in paid Summer Internship
  • Fall – Students will attend the Temple University Park Ranger Academy in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

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