COSA 2 Ranger Jobs available in Larimer County

Hello COSA Colleagues,
Larimer County Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce the opening of two full time Ranger careers. Please review the qualifications, as they have changed. I have attached the link and job description. We look forward to hearing from you. Please call or email me if you have any questions. Thank you.


Stephen J. Gibson
Red Mountain District Manager
Ranger Patrol Lieutenant
Larimer County Natural Resources
Office: (970) 498-5621
Email: gibsonsj



Natural Resources manages Larimer County’s great outdoor places, including open spaces and magnificent water-based recreation areas, and fosters responsible land stewardship through weed management and healthy forest practices.

Our mission is to establish, protect, and manage significant regional parks and open lands providing quality outdoor recreational opportunities and stewardship of natural resource values. We are committed to fostering a sense of community and appreciation for the natural and agricultural heritage of Larimer County for present and future generations.


Overview of position:

This person plays a key role in providing customer service and natural resource management services to the citizens of Larimer County.

This position performs as a peace officer; enforces Colorado Revised Statutes and park rules and regulations; contacts violators and issues warning or citation; conducts investigations and arrests; performs a variety of professional work in providing ranger services to the public, including ranger natural resource management and interpretation, ranger and volunteer operations, enforcement of park regulations, supervision of Ranger I employees, seasonal, and assigned staff and minor maintenance tasks.

This position is full time, year round, and is elibigle for benefits.

One (1) year of experience providing park ranger services to the public, comparable to Seasonal positions in Larimer County, including park regulation enforcement. Experience in parks administration, outdoor recreation management, natural resource management in a park or outdoor recreation setting, and related parks and outdoor recreation work is preferred.
Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Park Management, Wildlife Biology, Natural Resource Management, or a related field is preferred.
POST Certification Level One Peace Officer required within one (1) year from hire date.
Possession of valid First Aid Card and CPR Certification required. Emergency Medical Responder Certification preferred.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Driver’s License required.

To review the full job description of Ranger, please click here.

Hiring Process:
If you are selected from the applicant pool, you will continue through the steps below until a candidate is selected or the posting is closed:
Complete a Pre-Employment Questionnaire
Complete the Physical Fitness Agility Test. Requirements for the test are as follows:
1.5 mile run in 15 minutes 54 seconds or less
Obstacle Course
Pass an oral interview
Complete a Personal History Statement: This statement, along with credit report and criminal history are reviewed.
At this point a conditional job offer may be extended, and if so, then the following will occur:
Pass a psychological evaluation: All candidates for sworn positions (and other selected positions) must take a written psychological evaluation.
Pass a polygraph examination (Given on a scheduled basis and takes 2-3 hours ).
Pass a thorough background investigation: All background investigations are performed by trained background investigators. This process takes between two and three weeks.
Pass a second round of interviews
Pass a medical exam & drug test: All candidates are required to take a medical exam and drug test at our expense.
Final offer of employment: After all testing is successfully completed, a final offer for employment may be made.

POST Certification Pre-employment Disqualifiers include but are not limited to the following:
Felony conviction
Use or consumption of marijuana in the previous 24 months
Unlawful use or consumption of other drugs in the previous 5 years
Any conviction that would prohibit POST certification
Dishonorable discharge from the Armed Forces
Currently under indictment or information in any court for a felony or any other crime
Subject of an active restraining order
Willful misrepresentation of facts during the application process
Other items at our discression

Area Information:
Larimer County is located in north central Colorado. It is the 6th largest county in Colorado based on population. The county extends to the Continental Divide and includes several mountain communities and Rocky Mountain National Park. Larimer County encompasses 2,640 square miles that include some of the finest irrigated farmland in the state, as well as vast stretches of scenic ranch lands, forest and high mountain peaks. Over 50% of Larimer County is publicly owned, most of which is land within Roosevelt National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park. In addition to these federal lands, Colorado State Parks and Recreation and Larimer County Parks and Open Spaces combine to provide a wide spectrum of recreational opportunities that are enjoyed by both residents and visitors.

Other Information to Note:

  • This is a full time position.
  • This position is anticipated to be scheduled 40 hours per week. Weekeend, holiday, and evening hours required. Work schedules are subject to change depending on weather and visitation.
  • An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background test. As marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law, testing positive for marijuana (medical or otherwise) or any other substance for which the county tests, will result in the contingent offer of employment being revoked. A successful completion of the drug screen is defined as obtaining a negative result.
  • This posting is "Open until filled" and may close at any time. Once we begin the interview process, we may not consider additional applicants unless a candidate is not hired from the interview pool.