Junior Ranger Program Lead
City of Boulder
 Boulder, CO



POSITION TITLE: (Temporary) Junior Ranger Program Lead


DEPARTMENT/DIVISION: Open Space and Mountain Parks Department (OSMP)/Community Connections and Partnerships (CC&P) Service Area

OVERALL JOB OBJECTIVE: The Junior Ranger Program Lead role provides support and leadership in all aspects of running the Junior Ranger program (an early work experience and stewardship education program for teens ages 14-17) and associated events. They help the Youth Service Learning Coordinator hire, train, and supervise staff. They are responsible for field and project management, team and staff responsiveness, curriculum implementation, skills development, public communications, and administrative and logistical support.

This is approximately a 10-month role with an opportunity to return annually/reapply (approximately Dec – Sept).

A cover letter (or writing sample) and resume are required for your application to be considered complete.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must have a valid drivers' license and the ability to maintain an acceptable motor vehicle record. You will be occasionally responsible for driving minors.
  • Acceptable background information, including criminal history, is required.

Required Competencies:

  • Leading Others with Emotional Intelligence: Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. The ability to notice, interpret, and anticipate others' concerns and feelings, and to communicate this awareness empathetically to others.
  • Teamwork: Working effectively as a member and leader of formal and informal teams. Understanding the interests and concerns of others and able and willing to share and receive information. Demonstrating interest, skill, and success in getting groups to learn to work together. Willing to help out in any capacity. Demonstrates direct, courageous communication by openly sharing successes and challenges to support team learning and individual growth.
  • Instructing or Mentoring: Teaching someone how to do something. Demonstrating commitment to mentoring others, answering questions, and providing a safe space to learn.
  • Initiative: Identifying what needs to be done and doing it before being asked or before the situation requires it. Completes work in a timely and consistent manner.
  • Written and Oral Communication: Speaking or writing to communicate ideas in interviews, recruitment, email coordination, newsletters and reports. Actively listens to concerns and is open to the ideas of colleagues and customers. Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively with the public and coworkers, with excellent customer service skills.
  • Trail Maintenance Techniques: Ability to identify basic trail elements and structures, and understand and explain why the structures are used

Preferred Competencies:

  • Flexibility and Adaptability: Openness to different and new ways of doing things; willingness to modify one's preferred way of doing things. Able to function effectively when directions or priorities change quickly.
  • Project Management: Familiar with coordinating events or projects that involve many variables including time, people, resources, guidelines/specifications, and responding to unexpected or additional elements. Ensuring that information is complete and accurate; and agreements are fulfilled. Attention to detail is crucial.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making: Ability to recognize needs, assess possible methods to meet needs, and act on solutions.
  • Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things, including creative, one-of-a-kind methods.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to hike, carry tools, and move heavy objects (such as large rocks) on uneven terrain for extended periods of time in all weather.
  • Experience working with youth job skill development programs.
  • Previous work experience or education demonstrating an understanding of basic biology, land management, and ecology.
  • Experience supervising or supporting work crews completing natural resource management or land management field tasks.
  • Bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Management, Environmental Studies, Youth Development or a related field
  • Wilderness First Responder or First Aid & CPR Certification

What you will learn on the job:

  • Wilderness First Aid (if you do not already have a higher certification)
  • History & Goals of the Junior Ranger Program
  • Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) trail system & natural resource specialties
  • OSMP's trail maintenance guidelines and protocol
  • Environmental and leadership resources and lesson plans
  • Additional supervision and mentorship strategies, including feedback delivery
  • Best practices for interviewing and hiring staff
  • How to plan a 3-week comprehensive staff training
  • Additional project management and scheduling coordination skills


Hiring & Recruitment (40%)

  • Host outreach and recruitment events to promote the Junior Ranger program and OSMP
  • Cooperatively hire 13 Junior Ranger program staff and 90 youth corps members, ages 14-18, in a 2-month period (90% of your time during March and April)
  • Maintain a database to organize 200+ applicants and keep accurate records of all applicant data

Supervising & Managing (30%)

  • Lead daily work plan meetings, communicate project goals and details, ensure safety and quality, and provide comprehensive performance evaluations to staff
  • Substitute as a crew lead in the field, supporting youth, volunteer or contract crews with hands-on, spontaneous, timely, onsite field solutions.
  • Openly share successes and challenges to support team learning and individual growth.

Training Staff (10%)

  • Plan, organize, schedule, and help facilitate a 3-week staff training which includes tool training, leadership, project management, and team development activities for staff team

Planning (10%)

  • Coordinate timeframes, equipment and materials for all work projects and act as a liaison for six natural resource specialist workgroups (Vegetation Management, Ecological Restoration, Trails, Forestry, Rangers, and Agriculture Management) and four conservation crews
  • Perform office and administrative duties with supervisor including schedules, budgeting, outreach, work planning, entering data into databases, and planning events for annual recognition
  • Explore ideas for extending youth and volunteer program alumni engagement throughout the year and bring ideas to fruition.

Reporting & Communications (10%)

  • Communicate program achievements via website, social media feeds, monthly newsletters, and year-end program report
  • Assist with recruitment events & materials, marketing/advertising, record keeping, and database management


  • Knows and complies with all policies, including safety best practices.
  • Reports and takes personal responsibility for all accidents, damage to city property, and/or policy infractions.


(1) TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Youth Service Learning Coordinator

(2) TITLE(S) OF POSITIONS OVER WHICH THIS POSITION HAS DIRECT SUPERVISION: Junior Ranger Team Leaders, Team Leaders in Training, Members and occasional volunteers

WORKING CONDITIONS: Physical ability to perform tasks in an outdoor environment in all weather conditions including lifting, standing for long periods, walking on rough terrain and kneeling. Work takes place in both an office setting and field setting with continuous interruptions and background noises.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days from 12/03/2019 after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.