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Seasonal Employment in Idaho State Parks

Why spend the summer indoors when you can work outside in a beautiful state park? Idaho State Parks offers a variety of seasonal employment opportunities


How to Apply

You can apply and submit your application online, or print and mail a paper application, found here.

  1. If you use the paper application, please mail the completed form directly to the park you interested in working for. Park name and addresses are listed below.
  2. If you encounter problems submitting this application please contact our Human Resources office at 208-514-2493 to receive an application packet by mail.
  3. For questions specific to seasonal positions available within each park, please contact your desired park. Contacts are listed below.

Types of Seasonal Jobs

Building and Grounds Maintenance General cleaning of visitor center and office facilities; daily cleaning of public rest rooms, washing windows, vacuuming, dusting, and scrubbing floors; collecting and disposing of garbage and litter; minor repair of facilities and equipment; lawn mowing, trimming and irrigation.

Public Relations Greeting visitors; maintaining park publication inventory and displays; responding to information requests from management, staff and visitors; providing information in person and via email, phone, and fax.

Retail Maintaining retail displays of resale inventory, ordering replacement inventory, operating a cash register and making change for item sales; handling money including balancing and closing cash register; completing sales transmittals and making bank deposits.

Clerical Keeping required records and files, preparing correspondence and reports, or filing and compiling data for reports as directed.

Interpretive Program Presenting outdoor campfire programs and Junior Ranger programs for children. In addition you may be building wayside exhibits and interpretive signing, interior interpretive exhibits at park visitor centers, or producing brochures, and trail guides.

Resource Management Inventorying and monitoring plants and wildlife, treating noxious weeds, serving on a wildfire suppression crew, repairing fences, working on trails and restoring disturbed landscapes.

Marina Duties Fueling Boats and providing other assistance to boaters.


Minimum Wage: $10.00 | Maximum Wage at Park Mgr. Discretion: $14.00

Length of Employment

The length of employment differs among the parks, but typically lasts 15 weeks from the latter part of May to the first part of September.  However, there are jobs that begin as early as March and may last into November. Because the need varies, return to school needs and travel schedules can often be taken into consideration.  If you have any questions, please contact the specific park.


You should be able to perform routine maintenance tasks such as cleaning rest rooms, operate a variety of equipment, follow written and oral instructions, perform moderately heavy labor, work under adverse weather conditions, and deal appropriately and tactfully with others. Some positions require a valid driver’s license, standard First-Aid and CPR certifications. You may also be required to wear a uniform.

Work and Stay

Some parks have housing available for the seasonal staff.  For more information about housing availability, seasonal vacancies or other information you may contact the park at the address and phone numbers below.

State Park Address

Phone Number


Bear Lake P.O. Box 297, Paris, ID 83261

(208) 945-2325


Bruneau Dunes State Park, 27608 Sand Dunes Rd, Mountain Home, ID 83647

(208) 366-7919


City of Rocks National Reserve P.O. Box 169 Almo, ID 83312

(208) 824-5901


Coeur d'Alene Parkway 13550 E. Highway 54 Athol, ID 83801

(208) 699-2224


Dworshak State Park P.O. Box 2028 Orofino, ID 83544



Eagle Island State Park 4000 W. Hatchery Rd Eagle, ID 83616

(208) 939-0696


Farragut State Park 13550 E. Highway 54 Athol, ID 83801

(208) 683-2425


Harriman State Park 3489 Green Canyon Rd Island Park, ID 83429



Hells Gate State Park 5100 Hells Gate Rd Lewiston, ID 83501

(208) 799-5015


Henrys Lake State Park 3917 E 5100 N Island Park, ID 83429

(208) 558-7532


Heyburn State Park 57 Chatcolet Rd Plummer, ID 83851



Lake Cascade State Park P.O. Box 709 Cascade, ID 83611



Lake Walcott 959 E. Minidoka Dam, Rupert, ID 83350

(208) 436-1258


Land of the Yankee Fork Historic Area P.O. Box 1086 Challis, ID 83226

(208) 879-5244


Lucky Peak State Park 9725 E. Highway 21 Boise, ID 83716

(208) 334-2432


Massacre Rocks 3592 N. Park Lane, American Falls, ID 83211

(208) 548-2672


McCroskey State Park 1291 Chatcolet Rd Plummer, ID 83851

(208) 686-1308


Old Mission State Park / Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes P.O. Box 30 Cataldo, ID 83810

(208) 682-3814


Ponderosa State Park P.O. Box 89 McCall, ID 83638

(208) 634-2164


Priest Lake State Park 314 Indian Creek Park Rd. Coolin, ID 83821

(208) 443-2200


Ritter Island State Park, P.O. Box 149
Hagerman, ID 83332

(208) 837-4505


Round Lake State Park P.O. Box 170 Sagle, ID 83860

(208) 263-3489


Spring Shores Unit, Lucky Peak State Park 9725 E. Highway 21 Boise, ID 83716

(208) 336-9505


Thousand Springs State Park District P.O. Box 149 Hagerman, ID 83332

(208) 837-4505


Winchester Lake State Park, P.O. Box 186, Winchester, ID 83555

Three Island Crossing State Park P.O. Box 609 Glenns Ferry, ID 83623

(208) 924-7563

(208) 366-2394








Trail Rangers

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Trail Ranger Program, funded by the registration fee for off-highway motorcycles and ATV's, maintains thousands of miles of Idaho trails annually. The program is organized into three two-man crews. Each person carries a chainsaw, pulaski, and shovel along with tank bags that carry gas, oil, and tools for the saws mounted on a trail bike.

If you would like to become an Idaho Trail Ranger, contact your Regional Trails Specialist. Their contact information is listed below.  Applications are generally accepted January-March of each year. If a vacancy becomes available during the year, an additional announcement will be posted.

Click here to download a IDPR Trail Ranger application.

Interested in learning more about what it means to be a trail ranger? Contact the Regional Trails Specialist nearest you!

Southwest Idaho

Michael Robinson
michael.robinson@idpr.idaho.gov or call (208)514-2413

North Idaho

Nathan Sparks
nathan.sparks@idpr.idaho.gov or call (208) 769-1511

East Idaho

Brian Dilenge
brian.dilenge@idpr.idaho.gov or call (208) 525-7121