The National Park Service Is Hiring for the Next Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams photographs on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles in 2014. Ansel Adams photographs on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles in 2014. Nick Ut/AP

Ansel Adams may soon have a successor.

The National Park Service, an agency within the Interior Department, is hiring for a new in-house photographer. The job calls for someone to produce “large-format photographic documentation” of U.S. buildings, bridges, and landscapes for the Library of Congress.

Legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams was instrumental in bringing the U.S.’ sweeping natural beauty into the national consciousness—and he, too, did a brief stint with the Park Service.

In 1941, the Interior Department commissioned Adams to photograph the parks for a mural that would be shown in the department’s office. The project was canceled in the wake of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, but Adams’ photographs were finally displayed in an exhibit in 2010.

Kings River Canyon in California, 1936(Ansel Adams)

Adams was technically a contractor for the agency. Since the 1950s, only two photographers have held this full-time position, which is part of the agency’s Heritage Documentation Programs. One retired in 2008 after 50 years with the agency, and the other worked for 35 years before retiring in 2013.

“We’d love to get great candidates with similar skills to Adams—and some of what they document could become something really treasured,” a Park Service representative told Quartz. But, he stresses, the candidate will be asked to focus on architecture and bridges, in addition to landscapes. There will also be desk work.

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