Junior Ranger Program
Junior Ranger Teen Positions
Recruitment closed for 2018.
You must be 14-17 years old and apply by April 1, 2018.
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
- 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.
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.
Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by May 4, 2018.
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.
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.
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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