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

Step 1 - Create a CalCareers Account

With your CalCareers account you can create your official state application (STD) template and upload important documents you need for your application package.

You can also take an assessment and apply to a position online through your account!

Step 2 - Establish civil service list eligibility by completing the Lateral/Transfer State Park Peace Office online assessment on the CalHR CalCareers website here:

State Park Peace Officer (Ranger)

State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard)

Note: Remember to read the Classification Specifications to ensure you qualify.

Step 3 - Apply to a rewarding career in law enforcement as a State Park Peace Officer Ranger or Lifeguard. Start your search here CalCareers.

If no vacancies are available, join the Parks Jobs mailing list. You will be notified when opportunities become available.

Tip! If you are a veteran, establish your Veterans Preference Benefit before you take the State Park Peace Officer online assessment. Find out more here.

Connect with a Recruiter for any questions at

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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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