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.

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  • Junior Ranger youth positions are opening in mid-February - check back then!
  • Tax season is coming up! Make sure we have the correct email on file so that you receive your W2 for last year’s work as a Junior Ranger on time.

    All Junior Rangers receive a W2 via email to the email address we have on file from your application. 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. Remember to double check your spam folder in February, and then reach out to us if you still do not see it: juniorrangers@bouldercolorado.gov.

What do Junior Rangers do?

Work outside

We spend every day outside on trails and open spaces in Boulder

Earn a paycheck (this is a real job!)

Junior Ranger pay starts at $14 per hour

Develop important work skills

Junior Rangers build work skills like teamwork, leadership, patience, punctuality, and more

Explore nature together

Our crews learn about topics like climate change, bears, ecosystems, native plants, history of Boulder, bats, wildflowers, bilingual nature hikes, and more every week

Work on teams & make lifelong friendships

Each Junior Ranger works with 9 other team members and 2 leaders - developing close connections, friendships, and mentorships that keep us coming back to the program year after year

Give back to the land & our community

We do work projects that take care of the land and create opportunities for people in our community

There are two very different types of crew. Which one is right for you?

Trail Crews

On Junior Ranger Trail Crews, we do hands-on and outdoors work on building trails, pulling weeds, building fences, and lots more! Each crew has 10 Junior Rangers and 2 Crew Leaders, so you'll build close friendships with your small crew during the summer. As a part of this crew, you'll learn about the natural world and gain valuable work and life skills. Your Crew Leads will give you the chance to explore careers in natural resources, become more confident in your skills, be a steward of our public lands, and lead in your community. There are 100 spots available on the Trail crews this year.

Youth Ranger Crew

On our Youth Ranger crew, you’ll work alongside law enforcement Ranger Naturalists from OSMP and explore a variety of career paths in conservation. Each day as a Youth Ranger is different. You’ll learn about what it means to be a Park Ranger - constantly learning and exploring new ideas. Youth Rangers learn skills like bird banding, CPR and First Aid, Search and Rescue, and build positive connections with law enforcement. There are 12 spots available on the Youth Ranger crew this year.

Learn more about the Youth Ranger crew here!

Summer Youth Jobs

Thinking about working with us? Here's what you need to know:

  1. Must be at least 14 and not more than 17 years of age by June 6th, 2022.
  2. No previous work experience is necessary, but a positive attitude is essential!
  3. Strong interest in being a team player; willing to help with less-fun tasks.
  4. Demonstrates excitement, commitment, and determination to learn, work, and behave to the best of their ability if chosen for the program.
  5. Able to learn safe practices and make good judgments related to safety.
  6. Able to follow through on commitments.
  7. Successfully complete the application and interview process.
  8. Have a genuine desire to participate as a Junior Ranger.
  9. Be able to commit to the full work schedule, without missing any days. This is a real job!

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

Junior Rangers serve for one of two sessions during the summer. They make a commitment to work all days of their assigned session. Junior Rangers must get any absences preapproved. Please plan your vacations and commitments accordingly.

Conservation/Trail Crews

Session I: June 7th - July 1st (4 weeks) or

Session II: July 12th – August 12th (5 weeks)

Work Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 8 am - 3:30 pm, with 30 min. unpaid lunch (28 hours paid time per week)

Meet-up location: Wonderland Lake Trailhead, 4201 Broadway, Boulder CO 80301

Youth Ranger Crew

Session I: June 6th - June 30th (4 weeks) only

Work Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, with 30 min. unpaid lunch (30 hours paid time per week)

Meet-up location: Wonderland Lake Trailhead, 4201 Broadway, Boulder CO 80301

Junior Rangers are paid an hourly wage. The 2022 wage scale is:

First Year $14.00

Second Year $14.25

Third Year $14.75

Fourth Year $15.50

Check out these specialized crew types for 2022:

The Leadership Development crew primarily works on trail projects, with a unique leadership and career focused curriculum throughout their session. This will include workshops, education, OSMP speakers, and more.

The Weather & Climate – Data Science crew primarily works on trail projects, with a special focus on Junior Ranger research projects related to climate and sound pollution in Boulder. In Session 1, they will place instruments, collect data, learn about the process of research, and teach other crews about climate and/or sound pollution in Boulder. In Session 2, the crew will continue collecting data and teaching other crews. During their 5th week of work, the crew will complete a “data science sprint” with OSMP experts to analyze data, organize their findings, and present their conclusions.

If you're interested in exploring one of these crew types, select it in the "questions" section of your Junior Ranger application!

Ready to Apply?

Apply!

Applications will be available from mid-February until March 31st 2022.

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 (including the fact that you may not have a Driver’s License!). Make sure that you continue clicking next until you see a confirmation page that your application has been submitted.

  1. Make sure you apply using a personal (not school or parent) email address.

    All communication regarding your application, employment, pay and tax information will be sent to you via email. Please make sure to use a personal (not school or parent) email address (that you will check regularly) to log in and apply for this job. Please create one if you do not yet have one.

  2. Confirm your Social Security Number (or get one if you don't have one)

    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).

  3. Set up or confirm your own Bank Account

    Paychecks are issued by direct deposit. Participants must have a valid account at a financial institution to receive their paychecks. For the smoothest payroll experience, we strongly encourage youth to set up their own bank accounts for direct deposit rather than depositing into a parent/guardian’s account.

  4. Ask for help!

    Please reach out to Marly or Natasha if you have ANY questions about the job or the application. Email juniorrangers@bouldercolorado.gov or text 303-345-8508.

    Applying to be a Junior Ranger means you are applying to be a City of Boulder employee, which means we must follow City government hiring protocols. We know the application process is long, and there are a lot of questions to answer on the city hiring portal, but you must complete the application to be considered. Think of it as an endurance test. We hope to see you at the finish line!

    If you've applied before, please apply again as we keep track of motivated individuals who apply multiple years in a row.

  5. Check Your Email

    Once you Submit your application and arrive at the "confirmation page", check your email every day for important application & program information. We will need you to stay in communication with us in order to be hired as a Junior Ranger.

Schedule your interview!

  • Look for an email with a link to schedule your interview through NeoGov (the same login you used to apply).
  • Within 3 days of getting this email, choose a timeslot between March 31st - April 5th for a 30 minute in-person or Zoom interview.
  • Please reach out to juniorrangers@bouldercolorado.gov or 720-607-3480 if you need help scheduling your interview.
  1. Practice and Prepare for your Interview!

    Once you've scheduled your interview... make some time to practice! You can use the questions below to prepare.

    If you feel more confident in your writing skills, you can submit written answers to the interview questions by email to JuniorRangers@bouldercolorado.gov before or immediately after your interview, and we will take the higher of your two scores (the written score and the verbal interview score).

    1. Please write a short paragraph on why you want to be a Junior Ranger. What excites you about a job working and learning outside with a team?
    2. What is one team experience that is important to you? In 3-5 sentences, please describe how you helped your team succeed. (Think sports, school, family, religious groups, friends, any team situation)
    3. Please share an example that demonstrates your respect for people and their differences. How did you work to understand the perspectives of others?
    4. In what ways will you benefit from working as a Junior Ranger? What do you want out of this job?

Attend your interview!

  • Showing up to your interview is perhaps the most important part! Be on time (which means arrive 5 minutes early), and this will show us that you are serious about the job and will likely be on time to work too. :)
  • Everyone who applies gets an interview! And, everyone is required to interview to be considered for a job.
  • Email or text us in advance if you need to reschedule your interview.

Accept or decline your job offer!

  • In early May, we will email to tell you if you got the job or not.
  • If you are offered the Junior Ranger job, let us know WITHIN 5 DAYS if you would like to accept, or decline.
  • You can always follow up with more questions if you are unsure.

Complete City of Boulder paperwork!

  • If you accept your Junior Ranger job offer, you’ll need to complete hiring paperwork for the City of Boulder. There’s a lot of it – but we are here to help you.
    • First-year Junior Rangers will need to attend a 1-hr employment paperwork training on May 4th between 5-8 pm and/or May 6th between 5-8 pm in person.
    • Returning Junior Rangers will need to attend a 15-min paperwork check-out on May 4th between 4-5pm, and/or May 6th between 4-5pm online via Zoom. This will require a stable internet connection.

Show up to your first day of work!

Congrats! You made it through your first government job application process!

Now the REAL fun begins... click here to get more information about what you'll need to know for your first day.

FAQs

The application for Junior Ranger Youth Positions will open in late February and close March 31, 2022. Links will be available in the Youth Jobs section (above) on this website.

Applications for adult Team Leader and Program Assistant positions are now open, and close when the positions are filled. Links available in the Staff Jobs section (below).

No, we do not have a residency requirement. Anyone and everyone, regardless of where they live, is welcome to apply.

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.

Before emailing us to see if we received your application, please check your Junk and Spam folders for a confirmation email. Additionally, you can add “juniorrangers@bouldercolorado.gov”, “info@governmentjobs.com” and “donotreply@neogov.com” to your Safe Senders List to ensure you get future communication from us about your application. Different steps in the application process create auto emails from the above different email addresses.

When you submit your application, you will be redirected to a page that confirms that your application has been successfully submitted. All applications are reviewed and processed after the application period has closed (March 31, 2022). 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.

  • Email JuniorRangers@bouldercolorado.gov
  • Call/text Natasha at 303-345-8508.
  • Or find us during the season at:
    • Wonderland Lake Trailhead
    • 4201 Broadway, Boulder CO 80304

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).

Staff Jobs

Crew Leaders

Job Description

Each year the program seeks crew leaders (age 18+) to build functional teams, complete trail maintenance and other natural resource projects, and support youth stewardship and job skills development. Crew Leaders come from a variety of backgrounds in leadership, education, and conservation. They supervise Trail Crews, integrate learning opportunities into their project timelines, facilitate environmental education lessons, support program and department goals, and receive career and leadership development themselves as they work beside project sponsors and attend organized talks and trainings from OSMP department staff.

Details

In 2022, crews will likely consist of 2 Crew Leaders and 10 Junior Rangers (subject to change based on COVID-19 protocol). There are 13 full-time seasonal Crew Leaders (age 18+) positions available.

2022 Position Dates

Position runs May 16th -August 18th, 2022

Unpaid holiday break: July 2nd - July 6th

Crew Leader (ages 18+)

Apply here!

Program Coordinators

Program Coordinators work as part of a leadership team that oversees field and project management, program operations, leadership, administrative and logistical support.

Details

There are two full-time temporary Program Coordinator positions available, each with a different focus. Both positions provide support and leadership in all aspects of running the Junior Ranger program and associated events.

  • Program Coordinator: Field Support and Education

    This position will primarily focus on visiting crews in the field, supporting technical work projects, substituting as a Team Leader when someone is absent, and providing education to crews. They will oversee field and project management, skills development, and program operations; as well as provide public communications, administrative and logistical support to Program Coordinator. They will also manage media and photos, schedule work projects with project sponsors, and coordinate formal educational opportunities with the Education and Outreach team.

    2022 Position Dates

    Mid-April - Late August 2022

    Unpaid holiday break: July 2nd - July 6th

    This is approximately a four month role with an opportunity to return annually/reapply.

    Apply here!

  • Bilingual Program Coordinator

    The Bilingual Junior Ranger Program Coordinator role is for someone who is organized, team-oriented, passionate about teaching others, proactive with communication, and fluent in English and Spanish. In this position, you will learn valuable career skills such as leadership, communication, self-confidence, teaching others, hands-on skills to care for our public lands, and how to manage a large summer program like the Junior Rangers.

    2022 Position Dates

    Late February - Late August 2022

    Unpaid holiday break: July 2nd - July 6th

    This is approximately a 6 month role with an opportunity to return annually/reapply.

    Apply here!

Employment Requirements

  • Personal Email Address: All communication regarding your application, employment, pay and tax information will be sent to you via email. Please make sure to use a personal email address (that you will check regularly) to log in and apply for this job. Please create one if you do not yet have one.
  • Social Security Number: 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).
  • Valid Bank Account: Paychecks are issued by direct deposit. Participants must have a valid account at a financial institution to receive their paychecks.