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Hiring seasonal park positions for spring, summer and fall

thumbnail play button image from DNR video about hiring seasonal park workers, showing a worker helping a customer at park entranceWhether you want to spend more time in some of Michigan's most beautiful destinations, keep busy in retirement or lay the foundation for a career in natural resources, one of hundreds of positions as a seasonal park worker or ranger with the DNR Parks and Recreation Division may be right for you.

Watch this brief video to hear from past and current seasonal park workers about what they gained from these opportunities.

There are approximately 1,300 seasonal park worker positions available in state parks, state forest campgrounds, boating access sites and harbors. These frontline staff help answer visitor questions, register campers, clean park buildings, mow grass, maintain trails and more. The positions start at an hourly rate of $10.20 or $11 (depending on region) and offer flexible scheduling (up to 1,040 hours between April and October) and may qualify for academic or internship credit.

More than 50 seasonal park rangers also will be hired throughout the state. A park ranger helps carry out day-to-day operations and maintenance and other essential duties. Positions are paid between $18.29 and $25.70 an hour and receive state employment benefits.

a young woman with dark hair, her arms leaned on the window sill, smiles from inside the welcome window at Belle IsleTo apply, visit

  • Seasonal park worker positions: Should be 18 or older and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Provide your name, email, phone number and desired work location(s) on the interest form. Applying should take less than five minutes. Interested applicants also can text "Hire" to 80888 and receive a link to the interest form.
  • Seasonal park ranger positions: Must be 18 or older and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Complete a State of Michigan employment application.

"If you love Michigan's great outdoors and are looking for a seasonal position with flexible hours, come work where you like to spend time the most," said Michael Desnoyer, administrative services chief for the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. "These positions are also ideal for college students, teachers and retirees."

Learn more about these and other openings at Questions? Contact Michael Desnoyer at 517-242-2194.