Eligibility Requirements and Program Standards
Student accepted as ProRangers will be expected to meet the program's personal, academic, physical fitness and technical training requirements and to participate in associated activities.
Program requirements include:
- Completing the Certificate in National Park Service Management, a six-course (15 credit) academic certificate program, as part of a Temple University bachelor's degree.
- Completing a summer internship at a national park.
- Participating in all required monthly programs and activities.
- Attending all required activities that may be scheduled on weekends and during winter and spring breaks.
- Achieving physical fitness standards by required deadlines.
- Attending Temple University's federally accredited seasonal law enforcement training program, located at the Ambler Campus.
Eligibility Requirements include:
- Must be a U.S. Citizen; males must be registered with the selective service
- Must be a Temple student and maintain a cumulative and program GPA of 2.75
- Must hold a valid driver's license (or agree to obtain a valid driver's license prior to beginning first summer internship)
- Provide proof of private health insurance
- Meet NPS medical and physical fitness standards (see below) and provide proof of medical clearance to participate in physical fitness activities.
- Adhere to all program performance and conduct standards, including
- Federal background investigation
- Criminal, driver's and credit history checks
- Drug screening tests
United States Park Rangers must comply with applicable medical standards throughout their career. Consequently, they periodically undergo medical examinations to determine if they are medically qualified to fulfill the duties of their position. The standards may be found in Appendix B of the National Park Service Reference Manual 57A, pages 36-55.
Physical Fitness Standards
United States Park Rangers regularly complete the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB), as will members of ProRanger Philadelphia. More information about the PEB can be found on the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's website.
Although applicants do not have to meet the physical fitness standards upon acceptance into the program they must be motivated to meet those standards prior to the completion of the program. Position announcements for NPS law enforcement positions state the following:
"The duties of this position require arduous physical exertion involving walking, running, lifting, standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. The Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB) is a fitness test consisting of five different components: 1) agility run - measures the ability to get up from the ground and sprint while changing directions; 2) bench press - measures the upper body strength for one repetition; 3) 1.5 mile run - measures cardio/respiratory fitness; 4) sit and reach - measures the flexibility in the lower back, legs and shoulders; and 5) body composition - measures the body fat.
Prior to appointment, applicants will be tested in all five components, but only the agility run, bench press and 1.5 mile run will be measured for a passing score in the 25th percentile (age and gender adjusted) of these components. These procedures will ensure that law enforcement officers are capable of performing strenuous physical training and law enforcement duties.
Applicants shall be disqualified for appointment if they fail to meet any physical requirements. Probationary or seasonal employment is subject to termination for failure to meet the 25th percentile in each of the identified components being measured."