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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking for our next generation of park, people and resource protectors.



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Park Rangers: What we do & Why we do it

Our State Park Rangers have been helping to provide safe and enjoyable recreation for visitors in Colorado since 1959. State Park rangers wear many diverse hats, and take pride in helping others discover the wonder of nature and outdoor recreation. It’s not an easy job, between our varied geography, conditions, and recreational opportunities, but it’s one that matters to the future of Colorado.

As state peace officers, the general duties of a State Park Ranger are to provide public safety, natural resource protection and administrative management of those areas. 

  • Patrol land and water, enforce park rules and regulations
  • Issue warnings or citations, check for appropriate fishing, hunting and park permits, and conduct investigations
  • Provide visitor Educational programs and interpretive services
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate temporary workers or volunteers
  • Administrative duties related to park activities and enforcement proceedings
  • Make a difference for the future of Colorado
  • Inspire an appreciation and passion in others for outdoor recreation and natural resources stewardship

What You Need to Apply

If you have an unyielding love of the outdoors, are a natural leader and quick thinker, we might have a career for you! Park ranger jobs are very competitive, and a college education or experience in the field is important.

Relevant education and experience

  • Most competitive applicants have a bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, earth sciences, environmental science, forestry, geology, natural resource management, outdoor recreation management, range management, parks administration, wildlife biology, zoology or a closely related field.
  • A combination of appropriate 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.

Visit or volunteer in our parks

  • Familiarizing yourself with our parks and their work gives you an edge over less-prepared candidates, so visit or volunteer.
  • Most state parks have seasonal jobs and volunteer positions available for those interested in working as rangers or park staff.

​Stay physically fit and pass the testing procedures

  • ​Keep yourself in shape with a dedicated fitness program.
  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado driver’s license at time of hire; submit to a drug screening;be willing to be fingerprinted and successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Employees offered a conditional employment must 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.

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