Even if you don’t want to be a backcountry ranger, there are plenty of other opportunities. The National Park Service is also looking for custodians, traffic controllers, administrative assistants, entrance station rangers, forestry technicians, utility systems operators, and other roles. And the pay ranges from $16 to $22 an hour depending on the job.
You’ll get to explore all 1200 square miles of wilderness that the park has to offer, and for some jobs, there may even be housing available. Just be warned that there’s a chance you’ll end up being evacuated for a few days during one of California’s notorious wildfires. Lightning regularly sparks fires in Yosemite over the summer.
Look out for listings on the USAJOBS website between now and January 2018. Unfortunately, there’s no way to predict when the applications will go live, and they’ll only be up for five days each, so make sure to lurk regularly.