ProRanger Program

Recruitment Timeline for Fall 2018

Monday, October 1 - Preview Day, part 1.  You will have an in-depth opportunity to meet with current U.S. Park Rangers and learn more about their jobs.  We will also hold the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB).

Tuesday, October 16 - Preview Day, part 2.  You will have an opportunity to hear from a panel of rangers and participate in selected activities.  We will also hold a PEB for those we were not able to participate on October 1.

  • Monday, October 1 - Preview Day (pt. 1)

  • Friday, October 12 - Preliminary application deadline (EXTENDED)

  • Tuesday, October 16 - Preview Day (pt. 2)

  • Wednesday, October 17 (and Thursday, October 18th) - Individual Interviews

  • Friday, October 19 - Supplemental application deadline (EXTENDED)

  • Wednesday, October 31 - Selection decision will be announced

  • Wednesday, November 7 - Orientation

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 protect national parks' natural and cultural resources, educate the public about the parks and provide public safety services.

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:

  • 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 summer internships at a national park.

  • Attending Temple University's federally accredited seasonal law enforcement training program, located at the Ambler Campus.

  • Participating in all required monthly programs and activities.

  • Attending all required activities that may be scheduled on weekends and during winter and spring breaks.

  • Wearing the provided uniform.

  • Achieving physical fitness standards by required deadlines.