The Westchester County Department of Public Safety is accepting applications for seasonal park rangers to patrol County parks this summer. Applications are due by February 14 and are available online at the Department of Public Safety’s web pages: http://publicsafety.westchestergov.com.
Uniformed park rangers work under the supervision of County police officers to maintain a safe and enjoyable atmosphere in the county’s parks. They assist park users, provide information on park rules and procedures, help in searches for lost children, perform basic first aid on occasion and make regular security checks of buildings and facilities.
First-time park rangers are paid $14 hourly. Salaries are higher for those who have worked as a ranger for the County previously.
To qualify, applicants must be a high school graduate, at least 19 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and possess a valid New York State driver’s license by the time of appointment. Preference in hiring may be shown to Westchester residents.
Accepted candidates must attend a 121-hour peace officer training program at the Westchester County Police Academy.
Public Safety Commissioner Thomas A. Gleason said persons interested in law enforcement careers often benefit greatly from the experience gained by working as summer park rangers.
“Park Rangers receive Police Academy training and work under the supervision of County police officers,” Gleason said. “This provides a unique view into the law enforcement field and some of the potential career opportunities that exist.”