Applications for park ranger and laborer positions for the summer season at Bryce Canyon National Park will be accepted until Jan. 15.

"Seasonal positions are extremely competitive and, unfortunately, available positions are greatly outnumbered by the amount of applications received," said Park Superintendent Bob Reynolds. "However, the opportunity and rewarding experience received from working in a national park is worth the effort of applying."Special application forms are required. These are available at any national park office in the Rocky Mountain region or from the regional office in Denver.

Reynolds said park ranger duties include interpreting the park environment, providing information, planning and implementing resource management programs, law enforcement, search and rescue operations, fee collection and fire protection.

Laborer positions entail outdoor work on trails, fence construction and repair, maintenance on campgrounds and comfort stations, and other park maintenance activities. The work may require light to heavy physical effort.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Bryce Canyon's administrative office at 834-5322.

Reynolds also announced that Roger W. Parsons has been appointed administrative officer for the park. He and his staff will be responsible for personnel and hiring, purchasing, property management, budget, finance, computer operations, mailing and filing, telephones and general clerical support.

Parsons is a graduate of Tufts University in Massachusetts.