Changing Aspen Leaves - RMNP

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Seasonal Park Ranger

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$13.12 $39.36 $2,274.09 $6,822.27 $27,289.00 $81,868.00


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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.

  • Provide information and directions to the public; investigate and resolve visitor complaints; ensure public safety, protection of natural resources, and the enjoyment of parks and open space areas.
  • Explain and/or enforce applicable rules and regulations to park visitors for the purpose of protecting and preserving natural, historic, and cultural features, sites, and structures.
  • Effectively patrol front and back country areas by foot, vehicle, boat, horse, and mountain bike as needed.
  • Issue warnings and citations to violators; conduct investigations of reported offenses/incidents to collect evidence, statements, and other relevant information as needed; may be required to provide testimony in court regarding investigations and/or citations.
  • Prepare and maintain records and reports. Keep daily records of observations, activities, incidents, public contacts, unusual wildlife and plant sightings, resource damage, safety hazards, etc. 
  • Sell and issue permits as required and account for collected monies and/or collect and handle donations from donation vaults.
  • Perform maintenance and repairs to amenities such as fences, gates, signs, trails, restrooms (including occasional cleaning), and other structures as required.
  • Work under varying degrees of stress for extended periods of time in an outdoor environment.
  • Participate in interpretive educational and public outreach programs as needed.
  • Work with and lead groups of volunteers.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Principles and practices of effective natural resource management, ranger services, and implementation of natural resources management.
  • Area ecosystems and related native plants and wildlife; biology, wildlife management, geology, environmental sciences, local and state history, and related subjects.
  • Principles and practices of basic accounting and record keeping.
  • Park regulations and enforcement procedures, protocol, and appropriate corrective actions.
  • Park maintenance practices and safe use of power tools.
  • Strong public relations and communication skills.
  • County and state laws, rules, regulations, and policies regarding operations.
  • Basic recreational activities of the park user including boating, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, nature study, etc.
  • Basic principles of First Aid and CPR. First Responder level or higher desired.
  • Organize tasks and paperwork efficiently.
  • Make immediate, important, and critical decisions related to enforcement and emergency situations.
  • Work in partnership with area managers, department staff, and other resource agencies to complete management objectives.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Operate personal computers including standard office applications.
  • Complete light maintenance and use hand and power tools.
  • Work a variety of weekends, weekdays, holidays, and evenings as assigned.
  • Observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places.
  • Basic swimming ability required.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.  


  • Six months experience in park, natural resources, law enforcement, or a directly related field desired.
  • Some experience in customer service, public relations, general maintenance, boating, and mountain biking desired.
  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade required.
  • Some college courses in Natural Resources Management, Park and Visitor Services Management, General Ecology and Biology, Wildlife Biology, or a related field desired.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain by starting date, a valid Colorado Driver's License. 
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain by starting date, a valid CPR and First Aid certifications.
  • EMT or 1st Responder Certification is strongly desired.

Physical Requirements:

  • Work outside in all weather conditions including temperature extremes.
  • Lift up to 50 lbs, kneel, carry (including a backpack and gear up to 25 lbs), push, stoop, squat, crawl, twist, grasp, walk, run, ride a mountain bike, and balance in the performance of assigned tasks. Walking or Mountain Biking may occur over long distances and uneven terrain.

Background Image: Changing Aspen Leaves in Rocky Mountain National Park by Jeremy Hollis. All rights reserved.