For Immediate Release: 5/30/2018

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Live the Parks Life in the Nation’s Largest State Park System

Seeking Candidates that are Reflective of California’s Diverse Population

Contact: Jorge Moreno I Information Officer I 916.653.1986

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California State Parks recently launched a new recruitment effort encouraging people to “Live the Parks Life” and experience the adventure, excitement and beauty by working within the nation’s largest state park system. Job opportunities are available statewide in the fields of interpretation and education, recreation, law enforcement, cultural or natural resources, administration, operations or facility maintenance.

Parks are essential to the well-being of environments, economies and people. The state parks and the recreational programs supported by California State Parks are a gateway to these benefits and offer opportunities for families, friends and communities to connect. Off-highway motor vehicle recreation, boating activities, horseback riding, on- and off-road cycling, hiking, camping, rock climbing, tours, school group enrichment, and special events are just some of the activities enjoyed in 280 park units organized into 22 field districts throughout the state.

“Working for California State Parks is more than just a job, it’s an opportunity to become a steward of some of the most important historic, beautiful and culturally significant resources in the state,” said California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat. “Our employees work tirelessly to preserve delicate environments, modernize visitor connections through technology, and protect and uphold the law – all the while remaining dedicated to living the parks life throughout California.”

Interested applicants can start the application process by creating a CalCareers online account. Applicants are encouraged to visit to explore careers, view current job vacancies and exam announcements, and learn the process for working in the public sector.

Below you will find information on several current employment opportunities:

Cadet Program for Rangers and Lifeguards: Rangers and lifeguards are sworn peace officers who protect natural/cultural resources and public safety, and manage education/interpretation programs. We are currently recruiting and accepting applications for the cadet program. Applications are due no later than June 14, 2018.

Chief, Information Technology: This is the highest-level authority within the department’s Information Technology and the position’s decisions, policies, processes and practices have a significant impact on both programs and visitors.

Environmental Scientists: Combine your love for science and the outdoors in California State Parks. Our scientists help support a variety of functions, including but not limited to natural and cultural resources, facilities and interpretation.

California State Parks is excited for the opportunity to reach potential candidates that are reflective of California’s diverse population. Please visit for detailed information on the employment opportunities highlighted above and for a full list of careers.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Opportunities to interview current department staff are available. This includes media ride-alongs with rangers and lifeguards.

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California State Parks provides for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high quality outdoor recreation.