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Colorado Parks and Wildlife seeking wildlife manager trainees, park rangers

By Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications for new district wildlife manager trainees.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 2.

District wildlife managers are multipurpose wildlife professionals. They are some of the public faces of the agency, living in the communities where they work. The wildlife manager’s role includes law enforcement, resource management, public education and applying biological expertise to benefit wildlife and people.

Trainees undergo a nearly year-long training process that includes Colorado law enforcement certification through a police academy. They will work under the guidance of a commissioned officer to enforce wildlife laws and regulations, and investigate alleged violations, among other responsibilities. They will receive training in the proper use of ATVs, snowmobiles and boats, as well as defensive driving, and much more. Following successful completion of all training elements, district wildlife managers are assigned to one of the 135 districts around the state.

This entry-level position is open to Colorado residents who have a college degree in wildlife management, biology or a closely related field. Applications are also accepted from existing, experienced natural resource professionals seeking a career change.

For a full list of requirements about the job and to apply, see the listing for “District Wildlife Manager” on the official Colorado state jobs website.

Park rangers

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting applications for new park rangers. Applications will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 2.

State park rangers hold a diverse range of responsibilities due to the state’s geography, visitors and recreational opportunities. Rangers provide public safety, and assist in natural resource protection and management of the 42 parks throughout the state. In addition to the daily general duties of a ranger, some also specialize in areas such as river rafting, boating education and enforcement, trails, camping and law enforcement.

This entry level position will require trainees to complete the parks and wildlife training program, including the completion of the basic training program for certification as a Peace Officer, in addition to successful medical, physical and psychological examinations.

The position is open to college graduates with a bachelor’s degree in outdoor recreation, natural resources management or a closely related field. Applications will also be accepted from candidates with a combination of work experience in parks enforcement, natural resource management in a park or outdoor recreation setting. Outdoor recreation management or parks administration may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

For a full list of requirements about the job and to apply, see the listing for “Park Ranger” on the official Colorado state jobs website.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado’s wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information, go to cpw.state.co.us.

This story was posted on July 3, 2013.