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Junior Ranger Program Staff

Junior Ranger Staff in field

 “I honed all sorts of social skills, problem-solving skills, and learned a great deal about the environment and why we protect it. I’ve also made friends and memories I’ll never forget.”

Now Hiring for 2020: Program Lead (other position information will be updated in mid-January)

Program Lead

The Junior Ranger Program Lead role provides support and leadership in all aspects of running the Junior Ranger and associated events. They help the Youth Service Learning Coordinator hire, train, and supervise staff. They are responsible for field and project management, team and staff responsiveness, curriculum implementation, skills development, public communications, and administrative and logistical support.


This is a full-time temporary position; it is approximately a 10-month role with an opportunity to return annually/reapply (approximately Dec – Sept).
A cover letter (or writing sample) and resume are required for your application to be considered complete.

2020 Position Dates

Position Starts: Early January, 2020

Possible unpaid holiday break: July 3 - 5

Position Ends: September or October, 2020 (dependent on work load and budget)

Program Lead

Apply for Junior Ranger Program Lead here

Team Leader and Team Leader in Training

Job Description

Each year the program seeks Team Leaders (over 21) and Team Leaders in Training (under 21) to build functional teams, complete trail maintenance and other natural resource projects, and support youth stewardship and job skills development. Team Leaders in Training are graduates of the Junior Ranger Program and assist Team Leaders in the overall functioning of the Conservation/Trail Crews. Team Leaders come from a variety of backgrounds in leadership, education, and conservation. Both Team Leaders and Team Leaders in Training supervise the Conservation/Trail Crews, integrate learning opportunities into their project timelines, facilitate environmental education lessons, support program and department goals, and receive career and leadership development themselves as they work beside project sponsors and attend organized talks and trainings from OSMP department staff.


There are four crews that make up the Conservation/Trail Crews. Each crew consists of 2 Team Leaders, 1 Team Leader in Training, and 10 Junior Rangers. There are 8 full-time seasonal positions available for Team Leaders and 5 full-time seasonal positions available for Team Leaders in Training.

2019 Position Dates

Position Starts: May 13, 2019

Unpaid holiday Break: July 1 - 4

Position Ends: August 9, 2019

Team Leader (over 21)

Recruitment closed for 2019.

Team Leader in Training (18-21)

Recruitment closed for 2019.

Program Assistant

Program Assistants work as part of a leadership team that oversees field and project management, program operations, leadership, administrative and logistical support. Program assistants are responsible for successful project completion and project sponsor coordination, team and staff responsiveness, curriculum implementation, and skills development. Trails or natural resource management knowledge and project management skills required.


There are 2 full-time temporary positions available for Program Assistants. Prior experience with the Junior Ranger program is preferred

2019 Position Dates

Position Starts: May 6, 2019

Unpaid holiday Break: July 1 – 4

Position Ends: August 23, 2019

Program Assistant

Recruitment closed for 2019.

All City of Boulder employees must have a social security number before they begin work. Please file a number if you do not already have one. Cards may be obtained from the Social Security administration office (1-800-772-1213 FREE). Paychecks are issued by direct deposit. Participants must have a valid account at a financial institution to register.

Junior Ranger staff in field

“My experiences as a Junior Ranger were fundamental in developing my appreciation for the outdoors. Beyond that, I build an understanding of professionalism and work ethic that has allowed me to continue following my passions no matter where they take me.”