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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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Junior Ranger Team Member application is NOW OPEN and accepting applications until March 31! Apply Now!

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!

Are you having trouble finishing your application?

Do you have questions before you apply? Have you finished your application but would like some support to prepare for your interview? Join us for an application help session online webinar on Monday, March 29, or Tuesday, March 30, between 4 to 6 p.m. Click this link to access the meetings:

You can drop in to the session for five minutes to ask a question, stay for a while and walk through the application process with us, or anything in between! Let us know that you may want to drop into one of these sessions by filling out this super quick form, texting us at 720-607-3480 or emailing us at [email protected] We’ll send you a link to a Zoom meeting for you to join on Monday or Tuesday.

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

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Lead a Junior Ranger

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