Junior Ranger Team Leader in Training

at City Of Boulder
Location Boulder, CO
Date Posted February 9, 2019
Category Sports, Fitness & Recreation
Job Type Temporary


The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Junior Ranger Program seeks 2-4 Team Leaders in Training (TLTs) to assist adult Junior Ranger Team Leaders in the overall functioning of the Junior Ranger teams. This includes the Conservation/Trail Crew and the Youth Ranger Crew (formerly the JRN program).

These positions are open to 18-20 year old graduates of the OSMP Junior Ranger or Youth Ranger programs only.

Team Leaders in Training develop their leadership, stewardship and team-building skills while assisting Team Leaders in the organization and instruction of Junior Ranger trail maintenance teams of ages 14-17, and perform related duties as assigned. Session 1 will consist of shadowing and supporting Team Leaders and their teams while further developing a leadership role. Session 2 will consist of taking on assigned leadership roles to support the crew.

  • Assists Junior Ranger or Youth Ranger Team Leaders in managing a 10-member Junior Ranger youth team, completing natural resource projects such as trail maintenance and construction, forestry, vegetation management, and ecological restoration.
  • Coordinates with Team Leaders to determine how to best support team tasks and daily operations, and team building environment.
  • Assists Team Leaders to maximize safety, project completion, team development, and individual contribution.
  • Works as part of a team, attending training, orientation and/or staff meetings as needed.
  • Provides instruction regarding trail maintenance as needed.
  • Actively builds knowledge base and seeks professional development in order to support team with environmental education and team building activities.
  • Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances, and acts accordingly to prevent accidents and injuries. Uses all proper safety equipment. Reports all accidents and damage to city property.
  • Openly shares successes and challenges to support team learning and individual growth.
  • Responsible for knowing and complying with all city and department policies; participating in professional trainings and development and adhering to attendance and workplace attire policies.
  • In some cases, responsible for the transportation of tools, and/or transportation of Junior Ranger Members.
  • Assists with setting up and putting away materials and equipment.
  • The City of Boulder is committed to hiring employees who provide excellent customer service. Our employees act with a high level of integrity and take responsibility for their words and actions.

City of Boulder employees strive to respect and appreciate each individual's differences, and to work effectively with all people and their diverse backgrounds. We support candid and honest interactions, which respect other points of view, and are sensitive to communication differences. We achieve organizational goals through inclusive problem solving, planning, and decision-making. Community partnerships are included in this effort.



Open to graduates of the Junior Ranger program only.

  • Minimum age: 18 years old by program start date.
  • Participated in Junior Ranger program as a crew member and graduated from Junior Ranger Program.
  • Valid Colorado Driver's License (or state of residency), driving skill, and a good driving record.
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team and work well with teens ages 14-17.
  • Desire to use past trails and team knowledge of Junior Ranger program to model and teach to team members.
  • Ability to evaluate project conditions in assigned area and make judgments related to safety.
  • Ability to assist with providing information and instruction to individual team members and groups including assisting with planning activities, materials and tasks.
  • Ability to organize information and follow established procedures.
  • Perform a wide range of physical and manual tasks in an outdoor environment under a variety of weather conditions.
  • Basic problem-solving skills and ability to think creatively.
  • Effective leadership and interpersonal skills, including conflict resolution skills.
  • Standard First Aid and Adult CPR certification required. (Free Wilderness First Aid (WFA) class offered during Team Leader training).


  • in addition to the required minimum qualifications:
  • Environmental education experience.
  • Knowledge of positive youth development principles and leadership styles.



Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. May 13 – August 9 at Wonderland Lake Foothills Nature Center (4201 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304)

Team Leader staff training begins Monday, May 13
Junior Ranger Program Session 1: June 4 - June 28
Unpaid holiday break July 1 – 4
Team Leader preparation days July 5 & 8
Junior Ranger Program Session 2: July 9-August 2
Team Leader wrap-up August 5 - 9

WORKING CONDITIONS – Required Physical and Mental Effort and Environmental Conditions: Physical Demands: Primarily strenuous physical work in an outdoor environment requiring the ability to frequently stand, walk and kneel for extended periods of time while using manual, power and long handled tools in an outdoor environment under a variety of weather conditions; operation of equipment while working in and around moving traffic. Upper body strength requiring the ability to lift up to 65 pounds on a daily basis and over 100 pounds on an occasional basis. Work Environment: Frequently works outside with an exposure to a variety of weather conditions. Machines and equipment used include but are not limited to the following: Construction equipment, standard office equipment including personal computers, telephones, calculators and copy/fax machines.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

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