ProRanger Program

What is the ProRanger Program? 

ProRanger Philadelphia is an academic and technical skills training and internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit and train law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service.

National Park Service law enforcement rangers are sworn, commissioned law enforcement officers whose duties include detection, investigation, and apprehension of persons responsible for criminal activity. Law enforcement rangers are also protecting national parks' natural and cultural resources, educate the public about the parks and provide public safety services.

While the primary duties of the ProRanger graduates are protecting people and property, ProRanger Philadelphia interns do not have to be criminal justice majors, and students from any academic major or background may apply. More importantly, a ProRanger candidate will have an aptitude for working with people with diverse backgrounds, have an interest in the outdoors, history and the environment, and have a high standard of ethical behavior.

After successfully graduating from Temple University and meeting all program requirements and program standards, ProRangers are eligible for non-competitive conversion to a position as a law enforcement ranger within the National Park Service.

Students must apply for positions and be selected under the applicable hiring authority. There is no guarantee that a position will be obtained. It is, however, important to note that all previous students who have successfully completed Temple’s program have obtained employment within the National Park Service. 

Selected ProRangers will become part of an experiential learning cohort of 12 to 20 trainees.

The program consists of the following elements:

  • Complete the Certificate in National Park Service Management, a six-course (15 credit) academic certificate program with a program GPA of 2.75, as part of a Temple University bachelor's degree (with a cumulative  GPA of 2.75).

  • Complete summer internships at a national park.

  • Attend Temple University's Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy, located at the Ambler Campus.

  • Attend all required programs and activities. These may take place off-campus and may be scheduled on weekends and/or during winter and spring breaks.

  • Wear the provided uniform.

  • Achieve physical fitness standards by required deadlines.

  • Adhere to all program performance and conduct standards.