The National Park Service Speaks with NPR About Its Search for a Full-Time Photographer

A few months ago the photo world was abuzz with the news that the U.S. National Park Service was looking to hire a full-time large-format photographer to document America’s national parks. The position, which many called a “photographer’s dream job,” also came with a very nice compensation package—the original listing mentioned a salary range from $63,722 to $99,296 annually.

The application period for this lucrative and rewarding position has since closed, but Rich O’Connor, who works with the National Park Service photography program, recently spoke with NPR‘s Audie Cornish and Kainaz Amaria about all the excitement for this particular position and why a smartphone photographer wouldn’t make the cut.

“Large format is important for several reasons,” O’Connor explains to Cornish in the segment. “It captures a huge amount of information on each photograph. That allows those photographs to be blown up to huge proportions and retain all of their visual clarity—you’re not going to get it on your iPhone.”

Check out the full interview with O’Connor below.