Park Ranger I, POST

Job Description

A Job Description
Do you love working outdoors and have always dreamed of being a Park Ranger? NOW is your chance because Utah State Parks is recruiting for law enforcement Park Rangers! Your office can be the great outdoors. As a law enforcement Park Ranger you will enhance the visitor experience and assure a safe recreation environment at one of the many great state parks in Utah.

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 Guidelines at before applying for this position.

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

Principle Duties

  • Patrol and monitor activities and resources at the park, reservoir and park areas of responsibility
  • Enforce applicable State of Utah laws, rules and regulations
  • Host visitors, coordinate group visitor activities and provide visitor services
  • Develop and present interpretive and educational materials
  • Supervise volunteers and seasonal staff
  • Maintain and repair park facilities and grounds
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.
  • is currently a Certified Peace Officer in the State of Utah OR has the ability to become certified within 12 months of hire
  • meets POST requirements, i.e.:
    • is 21 years of age or older
    • is a US citizen
    • can pass physical fitness requirements
  • can pass the following:
    • background investigation
    • drug testing
    • driver license check
    • polygraph
    • physical evaluation
    • psychological evaluation
Preference may be given to applicants with the following:
  • have a directly related degree
  • 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
"Do you really get to do that for a living?" We hear that question all the time. It's fair to say that Utah State Parks and Recreation employees like their jobs and are passionate about their work. There are advancement opportunities within Utah State Parks and Recreation and opportunities to work at different park locations within the state. Additionally, the State of Utah offers great benefits and generous paid time off so you can spend more time with your family and experience a work-life balance.

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

The Division
.Utah State Parks and Recreation manages 44 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 and Recreation, 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
  • Must meet POST requirements:
    • 21 years of age
    • Us Citizenship
    • Pass physical fitness requirements
    • Must maintain 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
  • Must obtain POST certification within 12 months and maintain certification thereafter
  • 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, etc.
  • valid driver license required to drive a motor vehicle on a highway in this state per UCA53-3-202(1)(a).
  • Work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing, recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching or similar activities and recurring lifting.
  • Schedule will be 5 days/8 hours or 4 days/10 hours, weekend, nights and holidays. Schedule may change depending on season and workload