Worth doing the manual labor for a short time, but it is a very repetitive job. Great learning experience, but hard to get motivated to go back seeing as how in Wisconsin funding for Natural Resources and primarily state parks is being cut. Hard to move up in the working colony of the specific park. Having the right supervisors is key, most of the people in the Park Ranger lifestyle are pretty laid back anyway.
new skills, outdoors, great people
A lot of "back breaking" work for little pay