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Park Ranger
Park Ranger

​​​​​​Choose Your Own Adventure... Become a State Park Ranger!

Benefits  ​

  • Promotional opportunities 
  • Outstanding benefits packages 
  • Stable salary 
  • Professional development training 
  • Paid time off and sick leave 
  • Statewide transfer opportunities 

Job Description

Female park range next to truckOur State Park Rangers have been helping to provide safe and enjoyable recreation for visitors in Colorado since 1959. “A Jack of all trades in the outdoors,”​ State Park Rangers wear many hats because of the diversity of the state’s geography, visitors, and recreational opportunities. The general duties of a ranger are to provide public safety, natural resource protection and administrative management of those areas. 

State Park Rangers perform as state peace officers; patrol land and water, enforce park rules and regulations; issue warnings or citations; check for appropriate fishing, hunting and park permits; and conduct investigations. Certain positions may be responsible for development, implementation and operation of visitor/user programs, providing interpretive services; or other natural resources management work. Some positions may supervise temporary workers, assigning and overseeing work projects, training and evaluating workers; or may prepare and maintain records pertaining to park activities and enforcement proceedings.

Download the Park Ranger Brochure​ (1.5 MB).

Why we do it

  • Work outdoors in an exciting and rewarding career as caretakers of Colorado’s natural resources

  • We make a difference for the future of Colorado

  • Work closely with top-quality staff in our agency “family”

  • Inspire an appreciation and passion in others for outdoor recreation and natural resources stewardship

  • We work where everyone comes to play!

Education or Experience you will need 

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, natural resource management, outdoor recreation, parks management, wildlife biology, wildlife management, or zoology.

Substitutions - A combination of work experience in parks enforcement, natural resource management in a park or outdoor recreation setting, outdoor recreation management or parks administration may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

People Skills - Good skills working with the public and interacting with people of all ages, interests, viewpoints and backgrounds.

Six park rangers next to ATVs, golf cart in the fallAdditional Information - Applicants must currently possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado driver’s license; submit to a drug screening; be willing to be fingerprinted and successfully pass a background investigation. The candidate must also successfully complete a medical physical examination, physical agility test and a psychological examination. Employees will be required to successfully complete the Colorado Parks and Wildlife training program including successful completion of the basic training program (POST) for certification as a Peace Officer. NOTE: If you have used marijuana in the past year, used other illegal drugs in the past three years, been convicted of a felony, been convicted of any domestic violence charge, or been convicted of any misdemeanors which preclude POST certification as a Colorado Peace Officer, you will be disqualified and will not be hired.

Temporary Job Opportunities

Temporary employment can only last up to six months. Specific parks advertise job opportunities throughout the year. Typically parks begin the bulk of hiring in March and April to fill positions during the busy summer months. This is a good way to gain experience sometimes necessary for full-time employment and to apply to a park that you are interested in.

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