Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  IntegrityRespect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces

Department Information
The Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Department's vision is to connect with the community and be acknowledged as an essential service defining the quality of life in Aurora by encouraging active lifestyles and creating healthy environments for people, nature, and the community.  The Open Space & Natural Resources (OSNR) Division develops environmental education programs at our nature centers; maintaining open space and trails; manages outdoor recreation at 2 reservoirs and manages citywide special events.

**This posting will remain open until a sufficient pool of qualified applicants are obtained; however, it is subject to close at any time without prior notice.** 


The Park Ranger provides for public safety, natural resource management, and community outreach primarily at sites and facilities assigned to the Open Space and Natural Resources Division of the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department.

  • Provides for operations including public safety, natural resource protection, and community outreach at sites and facilities assigned to the Open Space and Natural Resources Division
  • Enforces City adopted rules and regulations, investigates violations, issues summons, and appears in court; patrols and provides for the security of City assets
  • Supports and or manages PROS community outreach programs including special events, volunteer service, and interpretive programs
  • Prepares for, responds to, and coordinates emergency response and rescue operations
  • Provides customer service and communicates effectively with members of the public and City personnel
  • Adheres to policies and procedures
  • Completes required financial transactions and record keeping
  • Resolves complex problems and conflicts
  • Produces reports
  • Manages files and records
  • Performs routine maintenance operations
  • Assists with the hiring and supervision of contingent employees and volunteers
  • Responsible for maintaining current knowledge of relevant topics and legislative issues
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.
Must be able to work evenings, weekends and holidays. 



  • Associates Degree in natural resource management, natural sciences, park and recreation management, criminal justice, public administration, business administration, behavioral sciences, or a directly related field.
  • Bachelor's Degree (Preferred)
  • At least 1 year of experience enforcing rules and regulations related to parks, open space, reservoirs, and other natural resources including experience providing significant support and or management for successful community outreach programs.
An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

  • Fluent in English and Spanish (Preferred)
  • Knowledge of ecological principles and practices related to natural resources and stewardship of ecosystems
  • Principles and practices of law enforcement related to parks, open space, reservoirs, and other natural resources
  • Effective and efficient community outreach programs such as special events, volunteer, and or interpretive program development and management.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens
  • Handle sensitive or stressful situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Communicate effectively both orally, graphically, and in writing
  • Analyze problems to provide best options and assistance
  • Establish and fulfill goals and objectives
  • Make effective presentations.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, and organizational skills, use of personal computers and related software that includes word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications
  • Operate a variety of equipment and vehicles including trucks, boats, all-terrain vehicles, bicycles, etc.
Licenses, Certificates Preferred: 
  • Colorado Driver's License with good driving history.(Required)
  • Red Cross First Aid & CPR 
  • EMT 
  • First Responder 
  • OC 
  • Volunteer Management 
  • Certified Interpretive Guide 
  • Emergency Water Safety
  • Ice Rescue 
  • defensive driving 
This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.


Physical Demands: 

  • Heavy physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 100 pounds with or without assistance to handle emergency rescue operations
  • Frequent lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 50 pounds with or without assistance
  • Considerable walking and standing in all types of terrain
  • Frequent performance of activities requiring full range of body movement including bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, climbing, and crawling
  • Ability to swim;
  • Considerable hand/eye coordination to operate hand/power tools, power boats, and computer
  • Foot/eye coordination for operating boats, equipment, and vehicles
  • Vision to read reports, documents, manuals, and other written material
  • Effectively communicate with employees and citizens.
Work Environment: 
  • Frequently works outdoors with exposure to varying types of weather, dust, noise, and fumes.
Equipment Used: 
  • Operates motor vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, power boat, and motorized and/or handheld parks maintenance equipment.

For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.
Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.

Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.

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