The ProRanger Philadelphia program is an academic, technical skills training, and internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service.
Students take coursework during the academic year at Temple University and participate in internships at National Park Service sites during the summer. Follow their experiences here.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
Concessions, IT, and Budget Oh My!
Booklet of The Centennial Programs
four of my internship was spent with administration, learning about everything
that each person does in a normal work week. I had more information come my way
than I had in my first week of college. Every day I was with someone new
learning about what their job was and how they accomplished their task for the
week. With such a small department most people have more than one
responsibility and that just made my task of trying to learn even more
The Boat Ride Over
my first day with our budget guy learning about the software and how to add and
manage transactions on the parks credit cards. The park has a very strict
budget and most of the day was spent making sure all of the divisions are
within budget and are not looking like they will be low on money for the
remainder of the year. The second day there was an emergency trip to Sagamore
hill with the IT guy in an attempt to fix the phone system and some of the
computers which would not allow anyone to log on. We then drove back to Fire
Island National Seashore (FIIS) and worked on some of the computers there along
with a copier. Day three was spent doing concessions and learning about the
other side of the intricate permitted driving allowed on the island. The
morning was spent at a meeting with different officials from the communities on
the island and also Suffolk county PD and the Superintendent and chief ranger
from FIIS. This was an interesting meeting and really allowed me to see what
the communities’ biggest concerns were. In the afternoon we took a trip out to sailor’s
haven to visit with owner of the concession company to talk about the next
ten-year plan. My fourth day was with the chief of administration which was a
day filled with many different roles and left my head hurting. We went over
housing, special projects, payroll, and many other things in just eight hours.
The chief also has to keep an eye on everyone in his department on top of doing
all of these jobs. We also went over what the park was doing in honor of the centennial this year. The final day with admin was spent at the all employee
meeting learning about all the different divisions…learning more about all of
the different divisions. This was a lot to take in over the course of one week
and I am lucky to have another week with them to continue learning.
is with interpretation; after this week I will be hallway done with my