Posted Apr 04

Urban Park Ranger

New York City Full Time

Urban Park Ranger

The Urban Parks Rangers’ (UPR) mission is to link New Yorkers to the natural world through environmental education, outdoor recreation, wildlife management and active conservation.


  • Under supervision, lead educational and recreation based programs for school children, summer camps and adults in natural areas throughout the city.
  • Lead active conservation projects that support wildlife, preserve the urban natural world and promote stewardship of parks and natural resources.
  • Guide new and current Ranger programming. Current programs include canoeing, hiking, seining, fishing, biking, historical tours as well as educational programming.
  • Staff nature centers, greet visitors and disseminate information regarding rules and regulations, health and safety hazards and park events to the public.
  • Patrol parks and natural areas, provide a uniform presence and enforce Parks Rules and Regulations.
  • Provide first aid and emergency response to park patrons.
  • Issue summonses for the violation of park rules and regulations; may detain or arrest violators of city and state laws.
  • May be assigned to work in any borough.


  • An associate degree or completion of 60 college-level semester credits from an accredited college or university, accredited by regional, national, professional or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Educational Accreditation (CHEA); or
  • A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a State’s Department of Education or a recognized accrediting organization and one year of full-time satisfactory experience in one of the following: law or code enforcement; security; ecology; or as an environmental instructor or ranger in a recognized park, recreation or ranger program, cultural institution or accredited school; or
  • A satisfactory combination of education and experience that is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. College education may be substituted for the required experience in “2” above on the basis of 5 semester credits for 1 month of experience. Experience working as a clerk or secretary is not acceptable. At the time of appointment, candidates must qualify for deputization as Special Patrolman by the New York City Police Department. Such individuals must be of good moral character, have U.S. citizenship, be at least 21 years of age, and have no record of conviction for any felony or for any serious offense against public safety as defined in New York State Penal Law.

Special Patrolman Requirement:
At the time of appointment, you must meet the following qualifications for Special Patrolman status (a status given by the New York City Police Department pursuant to Title 38, Chapter 13 of the Rules of the City of New York): must be twenty-one years of age or older; a citizen of the United States; a resident of New York City; have no record of convictions for any felony or for any serious offence against public safety (as defined in the New York State Penal Law); if discharged from military service, the discharge must not have been dishonorable; and be of good moral character.

Driver License Requirement: By the time you are appointed to this position, you must have a motor vehicle driver license valid in the State of New York. If you have moving violations, license suspension(s) or an accident record, you may be disqualified. This license must be maintained for the duration of your employment.

Medical Requirement: Medical guidelines have been established for the position of Urban Park Ranger. Candidates will be examined to determine whether they can perform the essential functions of the position of Urban Park Ranger. Where appropriate, a reasonable accommodation will be provided for a person with a disability to enable him or her to take the examination, and/or to perform the essential functions of the job.

Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service. New York City residency required for all other candidates.


  • Able to work any shift, including weekends and holidays.
  • Able to work outdoors in all kinds of weather; able to walk and/or stand in an assigned area; able to drive or sit in a patrol vehicle while remaining alert.


  • Candidate holds a permanent or non-competitive title.
  • Bachelor’s degree. 60 college credits in Education, Science, Wildlife, Forestry or a related field.
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills.

Potential candidates are encouraged to file for the Urban Park Ranger civil service exam through the Department of Citywide Administrative Services website,, when filing dates become available.

Salary: $41,242 plus excellent benefits

Apply by 4/28/17
For external applicants, please apply through

1) Go to
2) Search for Job ID#: 285701

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References will be required upon request.

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