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Park Ranger 1966 (b)

The City of Los Angeles
Westchester, California, US
Closing date
Jun 21, 2024

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Aquarium / Zoo / Botanical garden, Government
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time


$64,122 to $84,126


Annual salary is at the start of the pay range. The current salary range is subject to change. Please confirm the starting salary with the hiring department before accepting a job offer.


A Park Ranger provides public assistance and emergency services, including first aid, crowd and traffic control, firefighting, and search and rescue; patrols City parks, beaches, and other facilities to ensure park security; interprets and enforces City regulations and Municipal and Penal Code sections regarding park use; prepares and presents interpretive nature and environmental programs; and may provide radio communication to ranger units.


1. U.S. citizenship, or must have applied for U.S. citizenship before the date of the Park Ranger application; and

2. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university, with a major in Park Administration, Recreation, Botany, Zoology, Biology, Fire Science, Criminal Justice, or other field-oriented Natural, Social or Behavioral Science, or a closely related field.

The following experience may be substituted for the education lacking on a year-for-year basis for each year of education lacking:

(a) Full-time experience, as a Park Ranger or other law enforcement officer with a recognized peace officer organization;

(b) Full-time experience, in the protection (or preparation and presentation of scientific information related to vegetation, wildlife, ecosystems or historical significance) of a park, forest, or public recreational or historical area or facility;

(c) Full-time experience as a Security Officer with the City of Los Angeles;

(d) Full-time experience as a firefighter, paramedic, or EMT;

(e) Full-time experience as a lifeguard with a governmental agency.


1. Non-citizens must indicate in the Special Licenses Box of the on-line City employment application the date they applied for U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens must obtain U.S. citizenship as soon as possible after being hired for continued employment.

2. See Job Preview for additional information regarding the duties and requirements of a Park Ranger. In addition to the regular City application, all applicants must complete the Job Preview Questionnaire (JPQ), the Preliminary Background Application (PBA) and the Training and Experience (T&E) Questionnaire at the time of filing. Applicants who fail to submit the application, JPQ, PBA, and T&E Questionnaire at the time of filing will not be considered candidates in this examination and their application will not be processed.

3. Applicants wishing to substitute experience for the required education who did not receive a degree as described in Requirement #2 must indicate the required course information, including the course title, the number of units (semester or quarter), date completed, and the name of the school in the Supplemental Questions section of the on-line application at the time of filing. Applicants who fail to do so will not be considered further in this examination and their applications will not be processed. General education courses and elective units taken outside of the specified major/areas need not be listed. We recommend that you have your course work information with you before you go on-line to file your application.

4. Please note that qualifying education must be from a college or university accredited by a City of Los Angeles recognized agency. A list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at

5. Candidates must be at least 20 ½ years of age at the time of hire.

6. Successful candidates in the examination process who qualified with a degree as described under Requirement #2 will be contacted by the Personnel Department to provide required proof of qualifying degree. Applicants who wish to expedite this process may attach a copy of their qualifying degree to their on-line application at the time of filing in the Attachments section.

7. Candidates will be asked to complete and submit a Personal History Statement (PHS) on-line at a later date. Certification by a Department is subject to a candidate's completion of the PHS. Any candidate who does not submit this information by the specified date will be ineligible for certification at that time. The information provided in your PHS will be used during the Background Investigation.

8. A Standard First Aid and CPR or EMT-1 certificate is desired, but not required.


All applications, Job Preview Questionnaires, Preliminary Background Application Forms, and Training and Experience Questionnaires WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ON-LINE. When you are viewing the on-line job bulletin of your choice, simply scroll to the top of the page and select the "Apply" icon. On-line job bulletins are available at for Open Competitive Examinations.


Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure you have time to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.


Filing may be closed without prior notice after a sufficient number of applications are received. For administrative purposes, filing will close periodically and reopen the following day. Candidates will be notified later by email of the exact date, time, and location of the test.

In accordance with Civil Service Rule 4.2, all applicants who apply may not be tested in this examination. To meet anticipated hiring needs, only a limited number of qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the written test in the following order: 1) Los Angeles City Promotional applicants who meet the minimum requirements. You must have received a regular appointment to a City position or be on a reserve list to apply for this examination as a promotional candidate; 2) Applicants currently employed by the City of Los Angeles on a part-time or exempt basis who meet the minimum requirements; 3) Remaining applicants who meet the minimum requirements in sufficient numbers to meet hiring needs in the order that applications were received. Applications submitted during the filing period will be kept on file for two years in the event that additional applicants need to be tested to meet hiring needs.



Bring a valid State or Federal issued photo identification card with your signature.


Examination Weights:

Multiple-Choice Test . . . . Qualifying

Physical Abilities Test (PAT). . . . Qualifying

Training and Experience (T&E) Questionnaire . . . . 100%

The examination will consist of three parts: 1) a qualifying (pass/fail) multiple-choice written test, 2) a qualifying (pass/fail) physical abilities test, and 3) a training and experience (T&E) questionnaire.

QUALIFYING MULTIPLE-CHOICE TEST: Candidates must pass a qualifying test, consisting of multiple-choice questions, which may examine for candidate's knowledge of interpersonal and public relations skills, English usage and grammar, reading comprehension, and other necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.

The multiple-choice test will may take place in-person or on-line. Candidates will be notified at a later date with further instructions. For on-line tests, candidates will be able to take the test from a remote location using a computer with a webcam and a reliable internet connection. Candidates will receive an email from the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department outlining the specific steps on how to take the test on-line. For in-person tests, the test will take place in Los Angeles and candidates will receive an e-mail from the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department regarding the time and location of the test.

Passing Score for the Qualifying Multiple-Choice Test

The passing score for the multiple-choice test will be determined by Personnel Department staff after the qualifying multiple-choice test is administered. Consideration will be given to the number of candidates taking the test and the existing and anticipated number of vacancies, such that there are a sufficient number of eligibles on the list to satisfy current and future vacancies for the next two years. Therefore, the passing score for the qualifying multiple-choice test may be set either above or below 70%.

QUALIFYING PHYSICAL ABILITIES TEST: Candidates must pass a qualifying a Physical Abilities Test designed to measure coordination, strength, and endurance.

The physical abilities test will be held in Los Angeles. Applicants will be notified by e-mail of the exact date and time of the examination. Candidates who do not complete both the on-line multiple-choice test and physical abilities test will be considered to have failed the examination. Only those candidates who pass the qualifying physical abilities test and the qualifying multiple-choice test will have their T&E scored.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE QUESTIONNAIRE: This evaluation will take place only for candidates who achieve a passing score on both the Qualifying Multiple-Choice Test and Physical Abilities Test. The Park Ranger Training and Experience Questionnaires and City employment applications of these candidates will be submitted to an expert review panel for evaluation. The expert review panel will assign a numeric score to each candidate based on an assessment of each candidate's qualifications, as described on the candidate's City application and Training and Experience Questionnaire. In the T&E, applicants may be examined for their written communication as well as their judgment and decision making, ability to keep composed under stressful circumstances, and their ability to effectively communicate with members of the public.

Additional information can be obtained by going to and clicking on Competencies under Park Ranger.


* Possession of a valid California driver's license, AND
* Passing a thorough and comprehensive background investigation, AND
* Completion of a thorough medical examination, including a psychological inventory which includes a written test and may include a clinical interview, AND
* Based on City Policy, before being hired, candidates may be required to undergo a DRUG and ALCOHOL screening test.
* Signing the Acknowledgment of Reimbursement of Park Ranger Training Costs.


A Park Ranger's initial assignment will be in a position that has been designated as a temporary training position by the Civil Service Commission. Employment in such positions may be up to six months in which the trainee is expected to successfully complete a law enforcement training program approved by the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Failure to successfully complete this training will lead to termination. Upon completion of the training program, employees will receive a regular appointment to the class of Park Ranger and begin a twelve-month probationary period in the Department of Recreation and Parks. Park Rangers are subject to reassignment of work locations, rotating work shifts, and changing days off.


* As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at
* Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.
* This examination is based on a validation study, and as provided by Civil Service Commission Rule 4.20, the written test will not be subject to candidate inspection.
* City Ordinance #171665 requires that the costs of Park Ranger training are subject to repayment to the City by the Park Ranger, on a pro-rated basis, if the Park Ranger leaves City employment within 60 months of completing training, and if, within one year of leaving the City, accepts an equivalent position with an enforcement agency.
* You may take this examination every six months. Your name may be removed from the open competitive eligible list after six months.
* A final average score of 70% in the evaluation of overall qualifications and a passing score on the multiple-choice test and physical abilities test portions of the examination are required to be placed on the eligible list.
* For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at:


If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position. All City employees are required to be Disaster Service Workers.


The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

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