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California State Parks relies on the hard work of park and service aides. These seasonal positions are a great way to begin a career with California State Parks. Año Nuevo State Park hires additional employees in the late fall to work in the busy elephant seal guided walk season during the winter.

For further job information regarding working at Año Nuevo StatePark, contact the State Park Ranger Tiffany Bailie at (650) 879-2027 or






State Park Service Aide

Location: Año Nuevo State Park

Pay Rate: $12.24/ per hour

Hours: This is a seasonal position that can work up to1500 hours per year (3/4 time). Applicant must be available to work weekends and holidays. 

Start Date: Dec 2017

Duties:  This position will be hired through Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, a non-profit cooperating association that was created to help California State Parks fulfill its mission. Those hired will be providing customer service, collecting fees, disseminating park information, explaining park rules and regulations in person and over the phone, using a computer for daily financial accounting, using two way radios, and reporting emergencies to Park Rangers or staff at Año Nuevo State Park. There are also opportunities to help interpret the local natural and cultural history to visitors from all over the world. During the guided walk season, this person will work alongside Rangers, Senior Park Aides, Docent Coordinators, Interpreters, and a large and dedicated well trained group of volunteers to provide world class access and interpretation to one of the worlds largest mainland breeding colonies of the northern elephant seal. This position will work under the supervision of the Año Nuevo Supervising Ranger and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. This is a great entry level position to get familiar with some of the many exciting and rewarding careers available in California State Parks. Many from this position have gone on to become Senior Park Aides, Rangers, Interpreters, Maintenance Professionals, Emergency Dispatchers and Environmental Scientists to name a few.

Experience:Customer service and cash handling experience is preferred.

Qualities: We are looking for applicants who are enthusiastic, organized, responsible, appreciative of nature, and who enjoy working with children and adults. Applicant should be able to communicate well and work as part of a team. Either those who have a knowledge of California’s natural and cultural history or an eagerness to learn.