UTSA students can prepare for park ranger jobs in free SAC program

Park Ranger

National Park Service ranger at Lake Mead National Recreation Area (Photo courtesy of NPS)

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(Feb. 2, 2010)--The National Park Service (NPS) and San Antonio College are co-sponsoring the tuition-free ProRanger program, a two-year academic program that prepares college students for jobs in law enforcement in national parks. The application deadline is Feb. 12 and classes begin in March.

To be eligible for the program, you must be:

  • A U.S citizen or national
  • A college student accepted and enrolled in an accredited school (technical or vocational school, or two- or four-year college or university)
  • Taking at least a half-time course load as defined by their programs
  • At least age 21 at the completion of the program and no older than age 37. Veterans may be exempt from the age requirements (contact the ProRanger manager to discuss your situation)
  • Able to pass security clearance, criminal history and drug checks

The ProRanger program provides training and professional development during the school year and paid NPS summer internships. Applicants must be dedicated, serious individuals who can demonstrate potential in and outside of the classroom.

ProRanger enhances and complements the student's undergraduate degree program. The curriculum and professional development are developed to work with course schedules and time requirements.

Law enforcement park rangers are part of the NPS Visitor and Resource Protection Division. Their duties vary depending upon which of the nearly 400 national parks they are assigned. The salary for qualified rangers begins at $30,000 per year.

For more information, contact Lavell Merritt, ProRanger manager, at 210-486-1701 or visit the SAC ProRanger Web site.