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Park Ranger

State of Utah
Full Time
Salt Lake County, UT
$24.43 - $30.92 an hour
Posted 30 days ago
Job description
Job Description

Job Description
Utah State Parks manages 46 state parks and museums throughout Utah, which are enjoyed by nearly 6.7 million visitors annually, We are proud to protect the history and beauty within these parks, entrusted to us by the people of Utah. Our mission is to preserve and provide natural, cultural and recreational resources for enjoyment, education and inspiration for this and future generations. Come and be a part of our great team.

At this time, we do not know to which park you will be assigned. For locations of Utah State Parks, click here. As you move further into the process, work locations will be discussed with you.

This position will be filled as a Park Ranger I, POST. As a Park Ranger I, after successful completion of the first 12 months, you will be promoted to a Park Ranger II with an increase in pay. DHRM Rules apply for promotions or transfers of current state employees.

This is a law enforcement position. During the first 12 months, you will be required to attend the Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) Academy to obtain Peace Officer certification (if you are not currently POST certified) and successfully complete the division's field training program. POST has strict requirements pertaining to past criminal activity. Please refer to the POST Legal Requirements located at https://post.utah.gov/prospective-officers/legal-requirements/ before applying for this position.

For detailed information about the process to become a Park Ranger after the initial qualification visit stateparks.utah.gov.

Principal Duties
A Park Ranger for Utah State Parks will perform all or some of the following duties at a state park:

  • Foot, vehicles, vessel and OHV patrols in areas of responsibility
  • Participate in boating and OHV search and rescue efforts
  • Patrol and respond to citizen calls for assistance
  • Issue Citations
  • Investigate accidents; incidents; investigate crimes and write incident reports
  • Assist in developing and providing interpretive and educational programs
  • Collect fees
  • Prepare reports and perform basic accounting duties
  • Participate in the general maintenance of park grounds, facilities and buildings as required, ,make emergency field repairs on mechanical equipment
  • Perform wildland fire suppression activities
  • Operate mechanical and recreation vehicles
  • Supervisor seasonal employees, interns and volunteers
  • Perform other related duties as assigned
The Ideal Candidate
  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field such as Parks and Recreation, Parks Recreation and Tourism, Outdoor Recreation, or Natural Resources Management, or have 4 or more years of equivalent work experience in park operations at a State, Federal or comparable park.
  • If currently a Certified Peace Officer in the State of Utah OR has the ability to become certified within 12 months of hire
  • Meets POST standards
  • Strong work ethic
  • Good moral character
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Can pass the following:
    • background investigation
    • drug testing
    • driver license check
    • polygraph
    • physical evaluation
    • psychological evaluation
Preferences
Preference may be given to applicants with the following:
  • have a directly related degree or have 4 or more years of equivalent work experience in park operations at a State, Federal or comparable park.
  • are currently a Certified Peace Officer with the State of Utah
  • who has skills operating:
    • machinery
    • boats
    • ATVs
    • snowcats
    • who have a broad knowledge of park operations
Why you should join our team
Being employed by the State of Utah offers great benefits such as vacation, sick leave, retirement programs available as well as health and life insurance. The work environment is in the outdoors, so if you love the outdoors you will love working for State Parks as a Park Ranger. You will work with and meet people from all walks of life and from all areas of the world. In addition to managing 46 State Parks, our agency is responsible for administering the statewide b

To see the generous benefit package offered by the State of Utah, click here.

The Division
.Utah State Parks manages 46 state parks and museums throughout Utah, which are enjoyed by nearly 6.7 million visitors annually. We are proud to protect the history and beauty within these parks that are entrusted to us by the people of Utah. Our mission is to preserve and provide natural, cultural and recreational resources for enjoyment, education and inspiration for this and future generations.

To learn more about the Division of Parks click here

Typical Qualifications

(includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and trainable after entry into position)

  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field such as:
    • Parks and Recreation
    • Parks Recreation and Tourism
    • Outdoor Recreation
    • Natural Resources Management
    • or have 4 or more years of equivalent work experience in park operations at a State, Federal or comparable park.
  • Must meet POST standards
  • Must obtain POST certification within 12 months and maintain certification thereafter
    • ability to pass:
      • background investigation
      • drug testing
      • driver license check
      • polygraph
      • physical evaluation
      • psychological evaluation
    • knowledge of principles, theories and practices of:
      • law enforcement
      • park, recreation
      • resource management
      • public relations
    • ability to supervise interns, volunteers and/or seasonals, including:
      • hiring
      • termination
      • training
      • assigning and monitoring work
    • skills and ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively in English, both orally and in writing; listen to, and understand information and ideas as presented verbally
    • knowledge of agency programs, business practices, rules, regulations and/or policies and procedures
    • ability to read, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures
    • knowledge of applicable maintenance methods and techniques
    • ability to use computer word processing and spreadsheet software
    • knowledge of educational/interpretive needs and teaching methods
    • ability to deal with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact and professionalism
    • knowledge of past historical events and their causes, indicators and impact on particular civilizations and cultures
    • knowledge of basic accounting/bookkeeping procedures and division practices

Supplemental Information

***Due to a statutory change, effective July 1, 2022, this position may convert from career service to career service exempt. If you are hired into this position, your employee status may become career service exempt, at-will, on July 1, 2022.


  • Must obtain POST certification within 12 months and maintain certification thereafter.
  • Work requires physical exertion such as long periods of standing, recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching or similar activities and recurring lifting.
  • Risks found in potentially dangerous or unusual environmental stress situations, e.g. working in extreme outdoor weather conditions, working in remote wilderness areas and/or boating/OHV areas, working on the water in boats and on docks, patrolling in a truck, ATV and snowmobile, etc.
  • Schedule will be 5 days/8 hours or 4 days/10 hours, weekends, nights and holidays. Schedule may change depending on season and workload.

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