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State Park Peace Officers and Communications Operators

More than 85 million people visit California State Parks each year. The Department employs over 600 peace officers to safeguard both visitors and the resources themselves.  State Park Peace Officer Rangers and Lifeguards provide not only public safety law enforcement and aquatic rescue services; they also provide public education through interpretation.

State Park Communications Operators are a vital link in public safety and operate multi-frequency/channel radio systems giving support not only California State Park Peace Officers, but also in providing dispatch services for the Department of Fish and Game Wardens along with other enforcement and emergency services agencies.

  State Park Peace Officer
Job Duties and Minimum Requirements
State Park Peace Officer - Ranger
State Park Peace Officer - Lifeguard

  Ranger and Lifeguard - Employment Brochure
  State Park Peace Officer Incentive Compensation

  FAQs for Ranger/Lifeguards Candidates

Hiring and Selection Process

Rangers/Lifeguards and Cadets 

For questions regarding the Cadet Selection Process, please contact the below Area Coordinators by county.   (Please only contact the coordinator for your County of residence):
If you reside in the counties of:

Del Norte, Siskiyou, Modoc, Humboldt, Trinity, Shasta, Lassen, Mendocino, Tehama, Plumas, Butte, Glenn, Lake, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Sierra, Nevada, Yolo, Napa, Sonoma or Marin, please contact the following Area Coordinator:

 Bryan Taylor, State Park Peace Officer (Ranger)
 Email -
 Phone - (530) 538-2727

Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento, Amador, Solano, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Calaveras, Alpine, Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara or Santa Cruz, or if you reside outside the State of California, please contact the following Area Coordinator:

 Jennifer Grady, State Park Peace Officer (Ranger)
 Email -
 Phone - (831) 636-2013

Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Fresno, San Benito, Madera, Mono, Mariposa, or Merced, please contact one of the following Area Coordinators:

 Keleigh Apperson, State Park Peace Officer (Ranger)
 Email -
 Phone - (323) 441-9183

 Ian Hoehn, State Park Peace Officer
 Email (Preferred) -
 Phone - (310) 457-4665

 John Conroy, State Park Peace Officer
 Email -
 Phone - (310) 454-8212, ext. 104

Imperial, San Diego, Riverside, Orange, San Bernardino, Inyo, Kern, Tulare or Kings, please contact one of the following Area Coordinators:

 Todd Friedman, State Park Peace Officer Supervisor
 Email -

 Carmen Zone, State Park Peace Officer Supervisor (Ranger)
 Email -
 Phone - (951) 780-6222, ext. 16

 David Elias, State Park Peace Officer (Ranger)
 Email -
 Phone - (951) 940-5647

Or Visit the following Page -

Training Facilities
Currently most cadets attend the academy, which includes Park Operations (Department-specific training) and California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), at the Butte College campus in Oroville. However, it is at the Department's discretion to determine academy location for each class.

  U.S.Veterans - You may be eligible for Preference Points
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Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits may be claimed by eligible veterans for time spent training at our Academy.  For more information, go to:, to see education benefits.

  Law Enforcement Vacancies are only listed in our Career Opportunity Bulletin


 Current State Peace Officers A state civil service peace officer (Under PC830.2: CHP, DFG, etc.) who possesses a POST Basic Certificate can apply for a lateral into an open (advertised) State Park Peace Officer (SPPO) position found in our Career Opportunity Bulletin; however, the priority hire would be to any other SPPO who applies. If no SPPO applies, the position may be filled by a lateral candidate, at the discretion of the park District, pending successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation, psychological and medical evaluations, complete the Field Training Program and attend our 6 - 8 week Park Operations training at our academy.

More info How to Transfer within State Service

 Current County/City or other Municipal Peace Officers

A County/City or other municipal Peace Officer needs to participate in the entire selection/hiring process in order to be eligible for hire. This includes submitting an application during a Cadet Exam open filing period, taking the written exam and physical agility test, followed by oral interview, background investigations, medical/psychological evaluation, and drug screening. At the time of the Background Investigation, our Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Division will assess a candidate's level of POST Certification to determine which portions of the academy he or she must attend. If the candidate meets Basic POST requirements, he or she may not be required to attend the POST portion of State Parks' Academy, but must attend the Park Operations portion, which is approximately 6 - 8 weeks. It may be possible for a candidate to begin working in State Park Peace Officer capacity before completing Park Operations, so that they may begin on-the-job training including, but not limited to: Field Training Program, Emergency Medical Response Training, and Firearms Training.

 Correctional Officers receive training that is not mandated by POST and are not eligible to laterally transfer into State Park Peace Officer (SPPO) positions.  Correctional Officers interested in transferring into any of the classifications in the State Park Peace Officer series must apply for the SPPO Cadet exam, successfully complete the selection process, and attend and pass the Department's full academy, unless the individual has separately completed a POST academy and possesses the appropriate POST - Basic, Intermediate or Advanced Certificate.

Communication Operators (Dispatchers)

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Description and Minimum Qualifications