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Seasonal Commissioned Park Ranger

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$8.00 $22.08 $1,386.64 $3,827.13 $16,640.00 $45,926.00


Performs as a peace officer; enforces Colorado Revised Statutes and park rules and regulations; contacts violators and issues warning or citation; conducts investigations and arrests. Performs a variety of professional work in providing ranger services to the public, including ranger natural resource management and interpretation, ranger and volunteer operations, enforcement of park regulations.


The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.

  • Contact violators and issue warnings or citations; check for appropriate permits; conduct investigations.
  • Effect arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints, subdue resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self defense.
  • Prepare investigative and other reports, sketches, and drawings using appropriate grammar and symbols.
  • Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when force may be used and to what degree.
  • Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  • Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statement of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informers.
  • Perform and/or supervise rescue operations.
  • Load, unload, aim, and fire handguns, shotguns, and other agency firearms under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.
  • Perform searches of people, including juveniles, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes, and advising of rights and processes.
  • Demonstrate communication skills in court and other formal settings.
  • Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions and that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.
  • Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies, and disasters to include directing traffic, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging, and carrying people away from dangerous situations, and securing and evacuating people from particular areas.
  • Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in antagonistic environments.
  • Process and transport prisoners using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.
  • Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits, and warrants.
  • Contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of offenders.
  • Provide information and directions to the public; investigate and resolve visitor complaints; ensure public safety and the enjoyment of park areas.
  • Explain applicable rules and regulations to visitors for the purpose of protecting and preserving natural, historic, and cultural features, sites, and structures.
  • Perform regulation enforcement in an assigned park(s) by foot, by vehicle, ATV, mountain bike, other off road transportation, and by boat.
  • Issue warnings and citations to violators; conduct investigations of reported criminal and/or non-criminal offenses/incidents to collect evidence, statements, and other relevant information; may be required to provide testimony in court regarding investigations and/or citations.
  • Comply with the policies and procedures of the Department of Natural Resources.
  • Respond to and perform effectively in emergency situations until relieved by appropriate agency or appropriate supervisor; respond to problem situations after normal scheduled hours as required.
  • Prepare and maintain records and reports for the Parks and Open Lands Department.
  • Issue permits to other staff for purposes of sale to the public; account for collected monies incoming from the sale of permits; sell permits.
  • Work under varying degrees of stress for extended periods of time in an outdoor environment.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Basic principles and procedures in law enforcement.
  • A variety of major and minor provisions in criminal and civil law procedures.
  • Colorado statutory law and constitutional law.
  • A variety of techniques used in law enforcement in patrol, investigation, and crime prevention.
  • Operation and care of firearms.
  • First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques.
  • Recreational activities of the user including boating, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, nature study, etc.
  • Record keeping and reporting procedures including principles and practices of basic accounting and record keeping required to supervise and direct revenue collections and accounting at a county park.
  • Regulations and enforcement procedures, protocol, and appropriate corrective actions.
  • County, Sheriff Office, and state laws, rules, regulations, and policies regarding park operations.
  • Basic principles of First Aid and CPR to the First Responder level.
  • Hazards associated with park operations work, safe work practices, and precautions.
  • Observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places.
  • Think and act quickly in emergencies. 
  • Judge situations and people accurately.
  • Learn, understand, and interpret laws and regulations.
  • Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.
  • Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a radio system.
  • Understand and carry out verbal and written directives.
  • Carry out a variety of assignments independently using sound judgment.
  • Make immediate, important, and critical decisions related to enforcement and emergency situations in the absence of supervision.
  • Evaluate unusual situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Learn to use safety equipment in a safe and appropriate manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Address audiences effectively and prepare written materials for reports and publications.
  • Effectively respond to conflict situations and people in conflict.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.


  • POST Certification Level One Peace Officer.
  • Possession of valid First Responder and CPR certifications.
  • Possession of a valid Colorado Driver's License.

Physical Requirements:

  • Lift, kneel, carry, push, stoop, squat, crawl, twist, grasp, walk, run, and balance in the performance of park regulation enforcement and other assigned tasks.

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