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Junior Rangers FAQs

Junior Rangers


Q. I heard the Junior Ranger Program is cancelled. Is this true? If I can't be a Junior Ranger this year, can I do something else with Open Space and Mountain Parks?

A. Yes, it’s true that the Junior Ranger program is cancelled for 2020 pdf, sadly. We hope to be able to offer online skill building workshops or small-group volunteer projects later in the year. Please take 3 minutes to fill out this form to let us know how we can serve you during this time! 

Q. I don’t have a personal email. Can I use my bvsd school email or a parent’s email to apply?

A. No, a personal email is required so that we can communicate directly with the applicant during the hiring process. Please create a new one if you do not have one.

Q. I don’t live within City of Boulder limits. Is there a residency requirement for the Junior Ranger Program?

A. No, we do not have a residency requirement. Anyone and everyone is welcome to apply.

Q. I’m interested in the Junior Ranger program! When can I apply?

A. The application for Junior Ranger Youth Positions will open March 1, 2020 online. Links will be available on the Youth Jobs page on this website.

Applications for adult Team Leader, Team Leader in Training, and Program Assistant positions will open in late Jan or early Feb. Links available on Staff Jobs page.

Q. What is the Junior Ranger Program’s contact information?

A. Email [email protected] or call 303-441-3440

Or during the season at:
Wonderland Lake Trailhead
4201 Broadway, Boulder CO 80304

Q. How and when are Junior Rangers and program staff paid?

A. All staff are paid on a bi-weekly basis with a one-week delay from their start date. All City of Boulder employees must have a social security number before they begin work. All paychecks will be processed via direct deposit.

Q. Are Junior Ranger Program staff eligible for benefits?

A. Eligibility for benefits is determined on a case by case basis and will be established when a job offer is made. Questions about benefits should be directed to Human Resources (303-441-3388).

Q. What do we do if it is going to rain all day?

A. Crews are expected to work in all-weather if it is safe for the crew and non-detrimental to the trail. If weather is severe and persistent, the program also elects the option to cancel work for the day and notify staff accordingly; however, this is a highly rare occurrence.

Q. If I am late to work due to weather conditions, how is that treated?

A. If staff arrive late to work due to weather conditions, without pre-approval, the late arrival is treated in the same fashion as a late arrival on any other workday. There may be an option to make up the time by flexing hours at the discretion of the Youth Service Learning Coordinator—either by staying late or coming in early another day. Otherwise, the missed hours will come out of reported hours.

Q. How do I know if Junior Rangers has received my application and my reference? When do I find out the status of my application?

A. When you submit your application, you will be redirected to a page that confirms that your application has been successfully submitted. As long as you have provided your reference with your email address, you will get an email notifying you that your reference has been successfully submitted. All applications are reviewed and processed after the application period has closed (March 31, 2020). All applicants who submit a complete application will be invited via email to an interview in early April. Please allow up to 10 days for processing before you inquire about your status.

Q: It’s tax season. Should I be getting a W2 for last year’s work as a Junior Ranger?

A: Yes. All Junior Rangers receive a W2 via email to the email address we have on file from your application. This year, we’ve heard from many people with gmail accounts that the email was sent to their spam folder, and that if you did not rescue it from spam within 30 days, it was automatically deleted. If you have not yet received your W2, please double check your spam folder, and then reach out to us if you still do not see it: [email protected].