Seasonal Park Ranger -NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation

Relevant CTE Program:

Government and Public Administration

Job Description:

Come work with us, and…
• Be a part of the premier park system in the United States – with more than 250 state parks, historic sites, golf courses, swimming pools, beaches, campgrounds, marinas, trails, and museums and nature centers.
• Work in some of the most beautiful, scenic, and historic places New York State has to offer.
• Make a tangible impact on your community. Parks are for everyone, and all are welcome here: People of every age, ability, color, or creed belong here – without exceptions – yourself included! People of every kind come visit us in order to have experiences – and at OPRHP, we get to be part of these special times in truly meaningful ways. See how you can make a difference as a part of Team OPRHP!

Park Rangers serve as ambassadors of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. They are located in parks across the state and job duties range from enforcing park rules and regulations to interacting with guests in their assigned park(s). If you have a passion for State Parks and love to talk to people, this could be the job for you!

Duties & Responsibilities
Park Rangers assist Park Managers by protecting patrons and park property; their duties are wide-ranging in scope including patrolling campgrounds, beaches, cabin areas, marinas, trails, and park buildings; assisting with camping and boater registration and permits; confirming park entrances and exits are secure; helping with general security services for large events such as concerts, fairs, including monitoring and screening attendees or providing traffic and crowd control; and assisting with traffic management during peak periods.

Park Rangers respond to calls for assistance, summon emergency responders as needed and ensure that patrons and property are safe and secure until police arrive. In addition, Rangers would administer basic First Aid as trained and assist police with search and rescue efforts and fire prevention and suppression activities. In addition to their regular duties, Park Rangers may periodically assist staff at toll booths and perform bank runs and audits. Rangers also assist site staff in maintaining and closing facilities, swim facility safety, and similar.

Park Rangers are subject to the provisions of the Security Guard Act of 1993, are unarmed, and have neither peace nor police officer status. Park Rangers are generally hired to work from mid-May through Labor Day; some jobs may be extended beyond Labor Day at select locations.

Positions Available:

Positions for Park Rangers exist in all eleven regions of the NY State Park system: Allegany, Central, Finger Lakes, Genesee, Long Island, New York City, Niagara, Palisades, Saratoga, Taconic, and Thousand Islands.

Company Name:

New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Application Deadline:

December 31.2023



Questions? Contact:
NY State Parks, Human Resources/Employment
Albany, New York 12238

Skills Needed:

Candidates Must:
• be at least age 18 at time of appointment
• have a High School Diploma or its equivalent
• have a valid driver’s license when expected to drive state vehicles
• meet certain physical and medical requirements
• be of good moral character and successfully complete a background investigation
• successfully complete 24 hours of Security Guard training provided by Parks
• possess basic computer and smartphone skills
• have a valid New York State issued ID.
Please note: A New York State Driver License meets this requirement. Those with a driver license issued by another state, or those who do not have a driver license are required to have a valid NY State Non Driver ID to meet the qualifications to apply for a NY State Security Guard License.
Fees Apply: Candidates are required to pay for background fingerprinting ($101.75) and NYS Security Guard License Application Fee ($36).

Age Requirement:


Certification Or Education Required:

Must have a High School Diploma or its equivalent

Hourly Wage:



not stated



Full Time or Part Time:

Full Time