|Above, the view looking towards Old Faithful Geyser from the sun deck of the Old Faithful Inn. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
One of the first executive orders President Donald J. Trump issued after his inauguration was a federal hiring freeze to deal with the bloated federal bureaucracy. This left the National Park Service wondering if this order also includes the hiring of seasonal workers for the national parks.
According to KPAX out of Missoula, Montana, it does not.
Will Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite and other national parks be closed to visitors this summer?
For the past week, that's been unclear after President Donald Trump announced a federal government hiring freeze that could've affected hires the US National Park Service depends on to serve millions of visitors during the high season.
Now, it seems, they're going to be able to open as usual.
Seasonal and short-term temporary employees "necessary to meet traditionally recurring seasonal workloads," have been given a break under a list of exemptions to the freeze issued Tuesday.
The NPS, which hosted a record-breaking 307.2 million visits in 2015, depends on some 8,000 temporary workers to keep the parks running during the summer high season, a park service spokesman confirmed.
So, if you are thinking about applying for a summer season job at a national park, you can do so.
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