Housing shortages complicate NPS hiring push

By Rob Hotakainen | 05/16/2024 01:35 PM EDT

The National Park Service will tap $500 million from the Inflation Reduction Act to hire 1,500 new employees through 2030. But where will they live?

The Yellowstone River

The National Park Service is struggling to find places for its employees to live. A private donation of $40 million will help boost housing for NPS workers near Yellowstone National Park. Matthew Brown/AP

The National Park Service plans to add hundreds of new employees over the next few years, but recruiting so far hasn’t been easy, a top agency official told a Senate panel Wednesday.

To pay for the newcomers, NPS will use $500 million that it received under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, said Michael Caldwell, the NPS associate director of planning, facilities and lands.

“We’ve identified approximately 1,500 positions across parks and trails, and we are in the midst of hiring those positions right now,” Caldwell told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks.


Caldwell said funding for the additional workers will expire in 2030.