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Junior Ranger Program

Junior Ranger Program

Junior Ranger Teen Positions

Recruitment closed for 2018.
You must be 14-17 years old and apply by April 1, 2018.

Junior Ranger Program Staff

Great youth leaders are at the heart of the Junior Ranger Program. Recruitment closed for 2018.
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Notifications on Junior Ranger teen positions have been sent after 5pm on Friday, May 4. Please check your email and Neogov accounts.


The Junior Ranger Program has included local teens in priority natural resource management projects since 1965. Junior Rangers learn job skills, discover Open Space and Mountain Parks, perform in a team environment, and engage in stewardship building opportunities. Motivated teens work together to make a difference for the land and their community.

Junior Rangers are teens ages 14 to 17 who are selected through a competitive application and interview process. They serve for one of two sessions during the summer completing a variety of trails maintenance, clean-up and land restoration projects.

Junior Rangers join a proud legacy of service to our Open Space and Mountain Parks.

2018 Session Dates

Session 1: June 5-29, 2018
Session 2: July 17-Aug. 10, 2018

Job Requirements

  • Be at least 14 and not more than 17 years of age by the job start date.
  • Successfully complete the application and interview process.
  • Have a genuine desire to participate as a Junior Ranger.
  • Be able to commit to the full work schedule. Junior Rangers work one of two sessions, Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Demonstrate effective team work skills.
  • No previous work experience is necessary but a positive attitude is essential.

All City of Boulder employees must have a social security number before they begin work. Please file for 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. 

Interviews

All candidates who submit a complete application within the deadline will be invited to interview. Interviews will be held  April 19-21, 2018. Invitations have been sent by email on April 12. If you did not receive an email, please contact [email protected]

If you cannot make your scheduled appointment, you must contact us at [email protected] at least 24 hours in advance to reschedule. Arrangements can be made for applicants residing out of state during the school year. Those who do not appear for an interview and have not requested a rescheduling in advance will be disqualified.

Selection

All applicants who complete an application within set deadlines, including interview attendance, are eligible for hire. Applicants are prioritized based on application completeness, personal motivation and enthusiasm for the job, availability for job dates, previous team performance and applicable experience. Each year we receive many more applications than we can accommodate. If you are unable to accept a position offered you for some reason, please inform us promptly so that we may offer your place to someone who can.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by May 4, 2018.

Wait List

Successful applicants who have not been selected will be placed on a waiting list. Candidates from this list will be offered jobs on a space available basis.

Pay (Wages)

Participants are paid an hourly wage. The 2018 wage scale is:
First Year $10.20
Second Year $10.45
Third Year $10.70
Fourth Year $10.95

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

Work Schedule

Junior Rangers are expected to arrive on time for work prepared for the day. Junior Rangers work Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 3:30 pm. There is a half hour unpaid lunch break during the day. Crews meet at the Wonderland Lake Trailhead, 4201 Broadway, Boulder.

Getting to Work

You must have a reliable way of getting to work each day. There is ample parking for bikes in our locked garage. The RTD bus system has a bus stop right in front of the Wonderland Lake Trailhead on Broadway, our meeting place. Seasonal youth bus passes are available through RTD www.rtd-denver.com. The program will reimburse Junior Rangers for passes purchased for the period of employment (monthly pass or ticket books) with receipt. Reimbursement information will be provided at point of hire.

Absences

Junior Rangers make a commitment to work all days of their assigned session. You are allowed no more than two excused absences outside of emergencies. Please plan your vacations and commitments accordingly. Please report absences by 7AM via email to [email protected].

Personal Equipment (recommended clothing list)

You will need a few specific personal items to be comfortable and safe at work. All Junior Rangers wear long pants, approved work/hiking boots (a stipend will be provided), a uniform t-shirt (provided on your first day), and work gloves. You will need to carry with you in a backpack your lunch, water for the day, rain gear and sunscreen. A safety helmet will also be provided for use during your job.

Refer to the Personal Equipment List pdf and Pant and Boot Recommendations pdf to help you prepare for work.

Bad Weather Cancellation Policy

Weather in Colorado can be changeable. Summer conditions are prone to afternoon thunderstorms. If conditions become unsafe for work, crews will secure a safe area in which to wait until the weather clears. If the weather changes such that work will not be able to be continued, crews will be dismissed before 3:30pm. This occurs only rarely. Crews will return to the Foothills Nature Center for dismissal.

Staff can be available to shuttle participants home who rely on a parent or guardian for their transportation. Junior Rangers are paid for hours worked and will not be paid past the dismissal time on bad weather cancellation days.

If weather conditions warrant work being cancelled before the start of the work day, a message will be left on the program field office voicemail by 7 a.m. (303-442-4289).


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