To see if the Civil Service Exam for Park Ranger positions with the
City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and
Parks, is open:
call (213) 847-9424, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Salary:$45,936 - $57,085
DUTIES:A Park Ranger provides public assistance and emergency services, including first aid, crowd and traffic control, firefighting, and search and rescue; patrols City parks, beaches, and other facilities to ensure park security; interprets and enforces City regulations and Municipal and Penal Code sections regarding park use; prepares and presents interpretive nature and environmental programs; and may provide radio communication to ranger units.
REQUIREMENTS:U.S. citizenship, or must have applied for U.S. citizenship before the date of the Park Ranger application. Non-citizens must indicate in Box 37 of the paper application or in the Special Licenses Box of the online City employment application the date they applied for U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens must obtain U.S. citizenship as soon as possible after being hired for continued employment; and
Graduation from a recognized four-year college or university, with a major in Park Administration, Recreation, Botany, Zoology, Biology, Fire Science, Criminal Justice, or other field-oriented Natural, Social or Behavioral Science, or a closely related field;
The following experience may be substituted for the education lacking on a year-for-year basis:
Full-time experience, as a Park Ranger or other law enforcement officer with a recognized peace officer organization.
Full-time paid experience, in the protection (or preparation and presentation of scientific information related to vegetation, wildlife, ecosystems or historical significance) of a park, forest, or public recreational or historical area or facility;
Full-time experience as a Security Officer with the Department of Recreation and Parks;
Full-time experience as a firefighter, paramedic, or EMT;
Full-time experience as a lifeguard with a governmental agency; and
A qualifying score on the Park Ranger Qualifying Multiple-Choice Test.
See Job Preview for additional information regarding the duties and requirements of a Park Ranger. Copies of the Job Preview may be obtained at all locations where City job applications are available and is also available on the City website at http://www.lacity.org/PER/
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.
A Standard First Aid and CPR or EMT-1 certificate is desired, but not required.
PARK RANGER JOB PREVIEW
The City of Los Angeles strives to hire the best candidate for every position. Our goal is
to fill each job with a person who is well qualified, has an interest in the job, and who will
be committed to a career in that field. To do this, we feel it is important for applicants to
have a realistic understanding of the job so they can decide if the job is truly one in which
they have an interest and the ability to do well.
The job factors listed below are features of the Park Ranger position about which
applicants may not be aware. If any of these factors present a problem for you, we
suggest you consider alternative employment choices which may better fit your career