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Junior Ranger Program

"Before I came to the Junior Ranger program, I wasn’t excited to go on hikes and be out in nature; however, after working hard with my fellow crewmembers on and off trail, I’ve gained an appreciation for the ecosystem and the trails and how much work it takes to maintain their beauty. I’m proud to have worked on such a great crew to do something that everyone can appreciate, and I hope to be back again." – Brennen, 1st Year Junior Ranger

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2021 JOB OFFERS SENT: All Junior Ranger applicants who showed up for their interview have been sent either a job offer or a waitlist email. Please check both your primary (non-school) email and whatever email you used to log in and submit your application. Double check your spam folder! Contact [email protected] with any questions. Thank you for your interest in working with the Junior Ranger Program!

2021 Junior Rangers is tentatively a GO!

Of course, anything can happen between now and the planned start of the season, but we are optimistically planning for a full 2021 Junior Ranger season!

We have a detailed COVID-19 Action Plan to mitigate exposure risk. If you have any concerns or questions about safety protocol for the season before applying, please contact [email protected]. We hope to see you apply!

Who We Are

The Junior Ranger Program is an opportunity for teens ages 14 to 17 years old to be employed by the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) department to work on a variety of natural resource projects. Established in 1965 to create jobs for young people and help them develop work skills while maintaining Boulder’s public lands, the Junior Ranger Program has now employed over 4,000 youth. Since then, the program has built a legacy of community stewards who have a personal investment in the future of OSMP and all public lands.

The Junior Ranger Program is the program name for two crew types. Applicants can choose between the Youth Ranger Crew or the Conservation/Trail Crews

What We Do

Since 1965, hardworking and dedicated Junior Rangers complete trail maintenance and construction, forestry, vegetation, and ecological restoration projects across OSMP lands. Junior Rangers are led by exceptional, well-trained support staff, learn critical work skills, explore OSMP, support department goals, and serve the Boulder community. Through the Junior Ranger Program, employees also receive career and leadership development as they work beside project sponsors and natural resource professionals and attend organized talks and trainings with department staff. Exposure to these management practices combined with environmental educational presentations, develop lifelong stewards.

A Day in the Life of a Junior Ranger

“This program teaches youth the skills necessary to be effective, responsible leaders and stewards of our natural resources.”

Be a Junior Ranger

Recruitment for 2021 Junior Ranger positions is closed. Please check back in Feb. 2022.

Lead a Junior Ranger

Recruitment for 2021 Team Leader positions has closed. Please check back in Feb. 2022.