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Junior Rangers Youth Jobs

Junior Rangers in the field

What has been your favorite part of being a Junior Ranger?

“(The JR Program) is about friendship, adventure, learning, laughing, leadership, teamwork, and C.U.S.S. (carrying and using tools safely). I am excited to come to work every day and love working with people who are enthusiastic, cooperative, and fun like I am. I like being out in nature and having work to do with the community. It is by far the best job anyone could have.” – Audrey, 1st Year Junior Ranger

Recruitment Closed for 2019; Applications for 2020 positions will open March 1. This page will be updated in February with 2020 position information.

Job Summary

Junior Rangers are passionate and motivated teens who want to work together to make a difference on OSMP lands. Junior Rangers serve for one of two sessions during the summer. The job requires commitment, motivation, teamwork, and enthusiasm for new challenges. Becoming a Junior Ranger is a commitment to a real job. A written application, reference form and personal interview are required for consideration. If you are hired, you will be required to keep regular work hours, adhere to uniform requirements, and receive a pay check by direct deposit (including federal identification and tax requirements). No previous work experience is necessary, but a positive attitude is essential.

*You must be at least 14 and not more than 17 years of age by the job start date.

*You must have a personal (not school or parent) email address to login and apply for this job. Please create one if you do not yet have one. 

Disclaimer: These positions are very competitive. Every year we turn away half of the applicants who apply. In 2019, there will be 4 conservation/trails crews and 1 youth ranger crew.

Junior Ranger Crews

The Junior Ranger Program is now the overarching name for two tracks. Applicants can choose between the Youth Ranger Crew or the Conservation/Trail Crews.  

Conservation/Trail Crews

The Conservation/Trail Crews work on trail maintenance and construction, forestry, vegetation, agriculture, and ecological restoration projects. Crews are led by team leaders who have backgrounds in outdoor education, leadership, and conservation. Team leaders create opportunities for Junior Rangers to learn about the natural world and gain valuable work and life skills. The Conservation/Trail Crews work closely with many OSMP workgroups. This provides Junior Rangers the opportunity to explore careers in natural resources and become confident stewards of public lands and leaders in their community. 

Youth Ranger Crew

The Youth Ranger Crew is an opportunity for Junior Rangers to work closely with law enforcement Ranger Naturalists from OSMP. Junior Rangers participate in skills-based training in natural resource management and customer service while exploring career paths in conservation. Junior Rangers are exposed to various aspects of what it means to be park rangers, and by engaging in experiential trainings, participants develop skills that can be applied to their academic and professional pursuits. The Youth Ranger Crew provides Junior Rangers the opportunity to interact with law enforcement officers on a daily basis to help youth build positive connections with law enforcement and professionals in natural resource protection

2019 Program Dates

Youth Ranger Crew

Session 1: June 4 – 28, 2019 (4 weeks)

Conservation/Trail Crews

Session 1: June 4 – 28, 2019 (4 weeks)

Session 2: July 9 – August 2, 2019 (4 weeks)

Job Requirements

  • Must 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 Tuesday through Friday, 8 am – 3:30 pm.
  • 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 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.

Application and Eligibility

All applicants who complete an application within set deadlines are eligible for hire. A complete application includes a personal (not school or parent) email address, detailed answers to application questions, a reference form submitted on the applicant’s behalf, and attendance at an in-person interview. We understand that government applications can be cumbersome, but do your best to fill it out as thoroughly as possible with the information you have (i.e. if you don’t have a Driver’s License Number because you’re not old enough to drive, that’s ok!). We know that this is the first time many of our Junior Ranger Team Member applicants are applying for a job, and we take that into consideration.


Interviews will be held April 11, 12, and 13, 2019. If you have submitted a complete application (including a reference) by the application deadline, you will be notified by email to self-schedule your exact interview time in early April.

As of 4/3/19, all eligible candidates have been sent an interview invite email from Please check the email you used to apply for this important notice! You must self-schedule an interview time by Wednesday, April 10. 3rd and 4th year candidates do not need to interview as they are evaluated based on previous performance. 3rd and 4th year candidates will be notified of their application status by email on May 1.


Applicants are prioritized based on application completeness, personal motivation and enthusiasm for the job, availability for job dates, previous team performance and applicable experience. Candidates who have completed an in-person interview will be notified via email of their selection status (either “Offered” or “Waitlisted”) by May 1, 2019. 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.

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.


Junior Rangers are paid an hourly wage. The 2019 wage scale is:

First Year $11.10

Second Year $11.35

Third Year $11.60

Fourth Year $11.85

Work Schedule

Junior Rangers are expected to arrive on time for work prepared for the day. Junior Rangers work Tuesday through Friday. Conservation/Trail crews work 8 am – 3:30 pm and Youth Ranger crews work 8 am – 4 pm.  There is a half hour unpaid lunch break during the day.


Junior Rangers make a commitment to work all days of their assigned session. Junior Rangers must get any absences preapproved by the Youth Service Learning Coordinator two weeks in advance (and are allowed no more than two excused absences outside of emergencies). Please plan your vacations and commitments accordingly. Report emergency absences by 7 am via email to [email protected].

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 on the resources page.

Junior Ranger Expectations

Junior Ranger positions are very competitive and very publicly visible. Our crews have lots of fun, but they also work hard. By accepting a position as a Junior Ranger, you agree to follow the Junior Ranger Code of Conduct and demonstrate respect and a positive attitude towards the public, your crew, and yourself.

How to Apply

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“Junior Rangers is a job where you can develop important life skills like time management and discipline. Other things you learn as a Junior Ranger are how to do hard work, while working with a large group. The JR Program also helped me build stronger communication skills. Finally, during my time as a JR I got a greater sense of how many people and hours are needed to create something like a trail. I hope this sense will translate to a greater sense of community with my coworkers at my next job.” – Severin, 2nd Year Junior Ranger