Lonely Planet Writer

Dream job available in the US for travel photographer

In a job posting that seems almost too good to be true, the National Parks Service (NPS) in the US is seeking a photographer to travel around America.

Arches National Park in Utah.
Arches National Park in Utah. Image by Lee Coursey / CC BY 2.0

The person will also receive a salary of between $63,000 and $99,000 per year with the expectation of five to ten days of overnight travel a month.

The duties outlined in the posting are that the photographer must produce large-format photographs for the permanent collection at the Library of Congress. They must produce “exhibition quality prints for exhibition, publication and other visual purposes”, and make presentations about the collection or programs to public and private groups.

Sequoia National Park in California.
Sequoia National Park in California. Image by Indrik myneur / CC BY 2.0

The applicant must know the “principles and techniques of large format, black and white photography” and have knowledge of film and digital photography.

But there are some stipulations – the applicant must be an American citizen and have some experience. While the posting doesn’t explicitly state what the person would be photographing, it notes the job will require long periods of standing, walking over rough and rocky surfaces and bending, crouching and lifting heavy material, meaning it will likely involve getting out into the great outdoors.

Yosemite National Park in California.
Yosemite National Park in California. Image by edward stojakovic / CC BY 2.0

But the NPS has publicly noted that the job may not be quite as glamorous as it seems, and will involve photographing railroads and buildings along with landscapes, according to The Christian Science Monitor. An NPS staff member also told The Monitor that the position is not all that unusual for the service.

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