SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The Salt Lake City Public Lands Department has begun the recruiting process to hire 16 new Park Rangers who will promote the city’s parks and serve as friendly representatives to help park visitors, establish relationships and create community.
“As our capital experiences all of the changes that naturally come with a rapidly growing city, now is the time for us to create a better level of park stewardship to ensure they are welcoming, safe and positive places for the fun for everyone,” said Erin Mendenhall, Mayor of Salt Lake City. “Other major cities across the country rely on Rangers to create a welcoming place for residents and to watch over these precious public open spaces. We look forward to that work beginning this summer right here in Salt Lake City.
The city is looking for candidates who are “extroverted, outdoorsy, personable and enthusiastic about taking on this inspiring new role for our parks and natural spaces.”
Salt Lake City Park Rangers will be available seven days a week to help provide educational services and increased safety in parks, urban trails and natural areas.
The Park Rangers will not enforce the city’s municipal code with citations or arrests, but will instead encourage voluntary compliance by educating the public about the city’s code and park rules.
They will support the positive use of downtown parks and natural areas, maintenance, and participate in and lead community programs.
“This new Park Ranger program will significantly improve the user experience in our municipal parks. The friendly and reliable presence of the Park Rangers will help ensure that our parks are vibrant and active spaces for all to enjoy. When you meet a Park Ranger this summer, be sure to say hello,” said Carmen Bailey, assistant director of the city’s public lands department.
The Park Rangers will have docking stations at Fisher Carriage House, adjacent to Jordan Trail, Pioneer Park, Liberty Park and Fairmont Park. They will hike, bike and walk to nearby parks in assigned areas and will have a direct line of communication with the Salt Lake City Police Department if code enforcement is needed.
Offers for the positions of Park Ranger Manager and Park Ranger Supervisor have already been accepted from qualified candidates who will start in these positions in early April. These two facilitators will supervise the 16 rangers who will work in teams of two.
Online application for positions is available here.