Mounted Ranger, South Rim of the Grand Canyon (Aug-Nov)

Expected Dates
August 11, 2014 to November 2, 2014
Grand Canyon National Park
Position ID

As the South Rim Mounted Ranger Intern you will assist Rangers with day to day operations on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.  A primary focus of the internship is to care for 2 horses on a daily basis and patrol area trails and campground on horseback.  You must have demonstrated experience caring for and riding horses.  Short educational programs about the history of the mounted ranger will also be presented to the public.   

The mission of the intern is three fold: to protect the visitors of the Grand Canyon, to protect park resources, and to educate the public regarding the unique features and special hazards associated with visiting the Grand Canyon.  The Ranger Intern will frequently talk to hikers about their skill level and known hazards in an attempt to prevent mishaps.   The intern may respond to a variety of emergency incidents, and assist with search and rescue operations (SAR). The intern will also assist with resource protection by monitoring area trails on horseback and supporting the horse program on the South Rim. 

In addition, you’ll also assist rangers with a variety of park operations and projects. This is a great opportunity for anyone considering a career with the National Park Service, in Emergency Medicine, or Search and Rescue.   A good attitude and willingness to work hard may substitute for experience but candidates with proven outdoor skills, knowledge and familiarity in caring for horses on a day to day basis, emergency medical training (First Responder or similar), and a high level of physical fitness will be favored. This position is funded through the National Park Service Youth Program Initiative; therefore, applicants must be between 18 and 25 years of age, with applicants over 21 preferred.

  • This internship is located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

    The nearest community with full range of services is located in Kanab, UT which is 80 miles to the North. Zion National Park is about 3 hours away.

    The South Rim Rangers are involved in the full range of visitor and resource protection activities during the busy summer season. Rangers frequently respond to law enforcement calls, emergency medical, structure and wild land fire, and search and rescue incidents. The intern will work in both the front and back country areas and patrol the park by foot, vehicle, and on horseback.

  • You will have the opportunity to meet, work with, and network with the employees of Grand Canyon National Park. Recreational opportunities during your time off abound and include: hiking, backpacking, cycling, photography, and more.
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Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
competent without supervision
competent without supervision
Working with Animals
competent without supervision
Orienteering compass skills
competent without supervision