Successful completion of two years (60 semester units) of study from a state accredited college or university, including a minimum of 21 semester units of course work satisfying General Education Curriculum standards. Specialization in park administration, natural sciences, social sciences, law enforcement or related fields is desirable.

Rangers must possess a valid California Driver’s License of the appropriate class; be in excellent physical condition and possess a corrected visual acuity of 20/20 or better in each eye; an uncorrected visual acuity of 20/40 or better in each eye; a peripheral visual field of at least 120 degrees horizontally and 100 degrees vertically in each eye; normal color vision, as determined by Ishihara or other color plate tests.

Picture of two California State Park Rangers.
State Park Ranger Cadet is the entry level to the State Park Ranger series. Duties include interpretation of natural, historic and cultural resources, resource protection and management, and patrol. Rangers are trained peace officers and perform a wide variety of law enforcement activities.

Minimum Age

for appointment to a peace officer class is eighteen years old.

Felony Disqualification

Due to the fact that State Park Rangers and Lifeguards are peace officers, an applicant who has been convicted of a felony will not be accepted for this examination.

Salary Range

Ranger Cadet
$ 2,774 - $ 3,289

Range A - $ 2,890 - $ 3,440
Range B - $ 3,440 - $ 4,135