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Junior Ranger Resources

Junior Rangers in field

Before You Arrive

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and 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.

Getting to Work

Junior Rangers 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 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 or below.

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) and those who have opted in to text message notification will receive a text message.

During Employment

  • Bus Pass Reimbursement Form pdf
  • Contact Information for Absences
    Please report absences by 7AM via email to [email protected].
  • Junior Ranger Code of Conduct
    As a Junior Ranger for the City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks, I agree to:

    • Be prepared for work by arriving on time with everything I need. Working well with others, seeking to help others on my team, keeping myself motivated, remaining on the job site until the workday is over.
    • Give my best effort every day so I can participate in all authorized team activities, follow all program rules and not use any electronic device at work except with my team leader’s permission.
    • Keep a positive attitude and be fully engaged. If I am a returning junior ranger, with the guidance of my team leader, I will help motivate and inspire new program participants so that my team can learn from my prior junior ranger experience.
    • Be a strong team member and follow directions of my team leader and other program supervisors. I will support their decisions and respond to their constructive feedback about my job performance so that I can learn how to improve. I will keep my mid-term and final evaluations confidential by not discussing them with my teammates.   
    • Contribute in creating a healthy and safe work environment by being aware of safety hazards, wearing required personal protective equipment, using tools in a safe manner, wearing a seat belt while in a vehicle and following all other safety rules.
    • Speak and act respectfully to everyone.  Look for things to appreciate about the people I work with and not judge them because they are different from me. Resolve conflicts in an appropriate manner and not bully, harass, embarrass or use violence, threats or inappropriate or hurtful language at work or in social media while discussing work.
    • Respect the environment by not littering and leaving the work or lunch site looking better than when I arrived. Respect and take care of Open Space & Mountain Parks property, vehicles, tools and equipment.
    • Communicate clearly and accept responsibility for my actions by being truthful with others and myself. Recognize that although I may make "mistakes," that is how I learn who I am and who I can become.  I will ask for help when I need it to do my job.

After Your Summer Ends