Michigan DNR hiring 1,200 seasonal and park ranger positions

Michigan state park campgrounds, including Straits State Park, are reopening on Monday....
Michigan state park campgrounds, including Straits State Park, are reopening on Monday. (Michigan Department of Natural Resources photo / Tyler Leipprandt) (WJRT)
Published: Jan. 11, 2021 at 11:16 AM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is launching its annual hiring blitz to fill 1,200 seasonal state park jobs and more than 50 park ranger positions.

The seasonal positions involve answering questions from visitors, registering campers, cleaning park buildings and mowing grass. Each of the jobs pays $10 to $11.60 per hour and may qualify for internship credit.

The park ranger positions involve carrying out day-to-day operations and maintenance of state parks and recreation areas. They help direct seasonal staff and volunteers to maintain facilities and equipment.

Rangers are paid $17.75 to $24.95 per hour and are eligible for state of Michigan employment benefits.

“If you love the outdoors, these positions could be your calling,” said Michael Desnoyer, DNR Parks and Recreation Division administrative services section chief. “Not only do you get to spend your workday alongside campers, hikers and boaters, but these jobs can lead to greater opportunity.”

He pointed out that many current full-time DNR parks and recreation employees started out in seasonal jobs before transitioning to become supervisors, accountants, trail coordinators and more.

See the DNR hiring website for more information about the process. Applicants can choose which parks and recreation locations they are most interested in working.

Learn more about these opportunities – and other openings throughout the department – at Applicants are asked to select the work location(s) in which they are most interested.

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