Junior Ranger Team Leader

City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Junior Ranger Program
Job Overview

Overall Job Objective

The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Junior Ranger Program seeks 8 dedicated outdoor educators to lead teams of youth ages 14-17 on OSMP lands this summer. Junior Ranger Program Team Leaders build functional teams, complete trail maintenance and land restoration projects, and support youth stewardship and job skill development. Position is full-time seasonal.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Co-leads a 10-member Junior Ranger youth conservation team, completing natural resource projects such as trail maintenance and construction, forestry, vegetation management, and ecological restoration.
  • Responsible for the transportation and general management of the team including safety, supervision, project management, discipline and evaluation.
  • Coordinates team tasks and daily operations with co-leader and team leader in training.
  • Provides opportunities for team leader in training to facilitate activities and work projects and develop leadership skills.
  • Supervises youth and develops team environment.
  • Works cooperatively with OSMP staff project sponsors to carry out site-specific work plans.
  • Organizes work within the work group to maximize safety, project completion, team development, and individual contribution.
  • Integrates learning opportunities into project timeline to help youth members develop stewardship awareness.
  • Plans and facilitates environmental education lessons and team building activities.
  • Provides task instruction as needed.
  • Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances, acts accordingly to prevent accidents and injuries. Uses all proper safety equipment. Reports all accidents and damage to city property.
  • Keeps accurate records on each Junior Ranger team member, which includes documentation of hours worked, incident reports, progress reports and evaluations.
  • Works as part of a team, attending training, orientation and/or staff meetings as needed.
  • Openly shares successes and challenges to support team learning and individual growth.
  • Responsible for knowing and complying with all city and department policies; participating in professional trainings and development; and adhering to attendance and workplace attire policies.

The City of Boulder is committed to hiring employees who provide excellent customer service. Our employees act with a high level of integrity and take responsibility for their words and actions.
City of Boulder employees strive to respect and appreciate each individual’s differences, and to work effectively with all people and their diverse backgrounds. We support candid and honest interactions, which respect other points of view, and are sensitive to communication differences. We achieve organizational goals through inclusive problem solving, planning, and decision-making. Community partnerships are included in this effort.

PLEASE NOTE: When submitting your application be sure to include all relevant education and prior work experience. Resumes cannot be used in lieu of a completed application. Applications are screened based on the qualifications listed in the position announcement. Applications that do not meet the qualifications, will not be considered.


  • Minimum age: 21 years old by program start date.
  • A high school diploma, or equivalent, and a combination of at least two years of college coursework and/or field experience.
  • At least one full season of experience supervising youth or teaching a comparable size of middle school or high school youth.
  • Valid Colorado Driver’s License (or state of residency), driving skill, and a good driving record.
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to evaluate conditions in assigned area and make judgments related to safety.
  • Ability to provide information, instruct and supervise individual team members and groups.
  • Ability to organize information and follow established procedures.
  • Ability to perform a wide range of physical and manual tasks in an outdoor environment under a variety of weather conditions.
  • Ability to plan activities, organize materials and tasks, and maintain accurate records.
  • Basic problem-solving skills and ability to think creatively.
  • Effective leadership and interpersonal skills, including conflict resolution skills.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS – in addition to the required minimum qualifications:

  • Trail maintenance or natural resource management experience.
  • Environmental education experience.
  • Knowledge of positive youth development principles.

Standard First Aid and Adult CPR certification required. (Free Wilderness First Aid (WFA) class offered during Team Leader training). Supplemental Information

Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. May 13-August 9 at Wonderland Lake Foothills Nature Center (4201 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304)

Team Leader staff training begins Monday, May 13
Junior Ranger Program Session 1: June 4 – June 28
Unpaid holiday break July 1 – 4
Team Leader preparation days July 5 & 8
Junior Ranger Program Session 2: July 9 -August 2
Team Leader wrap-up August 5 – 9

Apply here! https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cityofboulder/jobs/2319583/junior-ranger-team-leader