Get Involved

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Support Military and Veteran Staff

Today the National Park Service employs over 5,800 active-duty military and veterans in a wide array of careers.

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Volunteer With Us

Veterans and groups who serve as volunteers preserve the national park mission and find meaning in their own.

Work With Us

Looking for a career? Would you like to share your skills? Want to make a difference?

The National Park Service employs over 4,000 veterans which accounts for more than 20 percent of the paid workforce. We are committed to increasing this number and actively recruit veterans. Match your skills to our mission. Law enforcement and wildland fire are two places to start. Visits USAJOBs to search for more jobs.

Veterans Preference

If you’re a Veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veterans’ preference, as well as other veteran specific hiring options. Find out more about veterans preference, veterans recruitment appointment, and other hiring options as well as search jobs.

Military Spouse Non-Competitive Appointment Authority

The Office of Personnel Management has dropped the geographical and relocation requirements spouses needed to use the Military Spouse Non-Competitive Appointment Authority in the past. This means spouses will no longer need relocation (PCS) orders to a specific area to be eligible for non-competitive federal employment consideration. Find out more about veteran and other hiring authorities.

Military & Veteran Engagement Strategy and More

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Military & Veteran Engagement Strategy

This strategic plan describes seven focus areas to engage service members and veterans at a scale not seen before on public lands and waters

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Past Use of Military Parks

In the modern era, national parks answered the call by providing recreation and training areas for troops.

Last updated: December 1, 2023