ProRanger: Application Process

Before you apply

Participation in the ProRanger Program is a serious commitment. It requires a significant investment of time and effort during your academic studies that will pay off in a rich and rewarding career as a U.S. Park Ranger.

Please review the program timelines. Attendance at all activities is mandatory. If you have a conflict with any of the scheduled dates, please notify Adrian Fernandez or Vicki McGarvey during the application process to determine if accommodations are possible.

Program requirements include:

  • Completing the Certificate in National Park Service Management, as part of a Temple University bachelor's degree. (with a GPA of 2.75)
  • Completing a summer internship at a national park.
  • Attending all required activities which may be scheduled on weekends and during winter and spring breaks.
  • Achieving physical fitness standards by required deadlines. 
  • Attending Temple University's federally accredited Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy, 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 and driving experience prior to beginning first summer internship).
  • Provide proof of private health insurance.
  • Meet NPS medical and physical fitness standards 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