Laterals and Transfers

California State Parks accepts lateral and transfer peace officer applicants as well as academy graduates, here’s the process:

Step 1: Establish civil service list eligibility by completing the Lateral/Transfer State Park Peace Officer examination on the CalHR’s CalCareers website here:

State Park Peace Officer (Ranger)

State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard)

Step 2: Using a CalCareers profile, submit an application to the specific job posting on the CalCareers website here. If no current SPPOs take the position, the hiring district may consider outside applicants. Upon successful completion of the background investigation, medical, psychological and drug screening, candidates will receive department specific training and field training. 

Ranger on planeLifeguard on yellow boat


OHV RangerRanger in truck

Current County/City or other Municipal Peace Officers

Current peace officers who meet the minimum qualifications and possess a POST Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced Certificate would be eligible to be hired at State Park Peace Officer - Range B.

Academy Graduates

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and have successfully completed a California POST Academy but have not obtained their California POST Basic Certificate are eligible to be hired at State Park Peace Officer - Range A.

Current State Civil Service Peace Officers (P.C. 830.2)

Current State Civil Service Peace Officers listed in Penal Code 830.2: CHP, DFW, etc.) who possesses a POST Basic, intermediate, or Advanced Certificate are eligible to lateral into an open (advertised) State Park Peace Officer (SPPO) position – Range A or Range B regardless of list eligibility.

State Correctional Officers (P.C. 830.5)

Correctional Officers listed in Penal Code 830.5 receive training that is not mandated by POST and, therefore, are not eligible to laterally transfer into State Park Peace Officer (SPPO) positions. Candidates interested in transferring into any of the classifications in the State Park Peace Officer series must apply for and successfully pass the SPPO Cadet Exam, background investigation, medical and psychological evaluations, and a drug screening to attend the Department's academy.

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