Urban Park Ranger

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

About the organization

NYC Parks is the steward of more than 30,000 acres of land — 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 1,800 basketball courts, 550 tennis courts, 67 public pools, 51 recreational facilities, 15 nature centers, 14 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches.


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. Employees who work for 6 months or longer are eligible for healthcare benefits. All seasonal employees earn sick and annual leave. All employees receive free membership to our recreation centers.

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


Bachelor’s degree. 60 college credits in Education, Science, Wildlife, Forestry or a related field preffered.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
By the time you are appointed to this position, you must have a motor vehicle driver license valid in the State of New York.
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.


$24.25/hour – 40 hours per week

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