Programs

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:

  • Completion of the Certificate in National Park Service Management, five course (15 credit) academic certificate program as part of the Temple University bachelor's degree
  • Completing two summer internships at parks (housing & stipend provided)
  • Graduating from Temple University's federally accredited seasonal law enforcement training program (tuition & stipend provided)
  • Completion of an identified conservation project to an eligible national park
  • Participation in monthly programs and activities
  • Wearing provided uniform

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 GPA of 2.75
  • Must be able to complete all program requirements prior to age 26
  • 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

Medical Standards

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 Better (PEB), as will members of ProRanger Philadelphia. More information about the PEB can be found on the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers' 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." [view NPS HR Bulletin 10-04]

Program Timeline

Freshman Year

Fall:
n/a

Spring:
Participate in events

Summer:
Prospective ProRangers encouraged to volunteer at a park.

Sophmore Year

Fall:
Application and selection

Spring:
Certificate Course #1
Participate in requirement monthly activites

Summer:
Internship #1
Certificate Course #2 (PRAN1577)
Formal evaluation & program renewal

Junior Year

Fall:
Certificate Course #3
Participate in requirement monthly activities

Spring:
Certificate Course #4
Participate in requirement monthly activities

Summer:
Internship #2
Formal evaluation & program renewal

Senior Year

Fall:
Certificate Course #5

Spring:
Graduate

Summer:
Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program
PLC conservation project
Eligible for hire

Admission Process

Application Deadline
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Applications due

Invitations Issued
Through Tuesday March 17, 2015
Invitations to participate in a ProRanger preview day and interview will be issued

Preview Day
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Invited students will participate in a day of observation and activities with NPS rangers and staff

Interviews
Monday, March 23, 2015
Interviews with panel

Offers Extended
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Offers will be extended

Orientation Meeting
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Meeting with selected students to review paperwork and all other requirements

Deadline for Acceptance
Friday, April 10, 2015
All materials due

Application Procedure

Contact Matt Roland, NPS Program Manager (matt_roland@nps.gov) for more information.

2015 Application

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