Smokies to offer glimpse of park careers

out rescueAnyone who’s wondered what a day in the life of a National Park Service employee looks like will get a chance to see at National Park Career Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 10 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Park employees will lead hands-on activities to demonstrate their job duties and dispense career-planning advice. Careers include wildlife management, law enforcement, archeology and more. Participants will also have a chance to Skype with employees at Grand Canyon National Park to hear their perspective. 

The event is open to middle, high school and college students, though middle school students must be accompanied by a parent. Participants should meet on the front porch of park headquarters, located behind Sugarlands Visitor Center on Newfound Gap Road, at 9:30 a.m. Long pants, sturdy shoes, layered clothing, rain gear, lunch and a notebook will all be necessary. Monthly student volunteer days offer another option for interested students unable to make the May 10 event. 


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