Career Information

Learn more about becoming a BC Park Ranger and the application process

Become a B.C. Park Ranger

As a park ranger, you are directly responsible for delivering services that support the public’s use of the park system and protecting park values. This includes daily maintenance and cleaning of facilities, regular repair, maintenance, and renovation of park facilities, and managing the public’s use of the parks. You monitor and maintain facility assets on a daily basis to ensure the park is in pristine repair for visitors. You may also be involved in monitoring and reporting on assigned recreation, conservation and extension services and activities within a park or group of parks. Representing BC Parks, you act as the field contact for park visitors and contractors by providing information and regulating activities. Dedicated to protecting park visitors and resources, you act as a Peace Officer to enforce compliance with the Park Act and other statutes and regulations.

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Organizational Chart

  • Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment
    • Assistant Deputy Minister, BC Parks and Conservation Officer Service Division
      • Executive Director, Regional Operations
        • Regional Director
          • Parks and Protected Areas Section Head
            • Area Supervisor
              • Senior Park Ranger (Full-time)
                • Park Ranger (Seasonal)

Park Ranger Duties

  • Constructing trails, installing and maintaining park signage, performing minor carpentry work and plumbing maintenance
  • Cleaning of park facilities and systems including campsites, toilet buildings, boardwalks, and other structures and furniture
  • Assisting in land examinations, surveying and mapping, and assisting in routine tasks relating to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of parks
  • Responding to park emergencies
  • Conducting compliance and enforcement of park regulations and laws that apply within parks
  • Recruitment of seasonal staff as assigned
  • Coordinating and directing contracted projects
  • Maintaining Indigenous relations
  • Supervising work crews of volunteers or ranger staff to complete projects
  • Assessing and conducting required maintenance or repairs
  • Operating and maintaining major equipment, hand tools and power equipment
  • Monitoring and managing natural and cultural assets
  • Protecting visitor safety
  • Writing reports, letters, and compiling materials to assist in managing park priorities and decisions
  • Undertaking public consultation as assigned

BC Parks Regions

  • Park rangers work in all areas of the province that are broken down into six regions;
    • West Coast, South Coast, Thompson Cariboo, Kootenay Okanagan, North Coast Skeena, and Omineca Peace.

Work Hours and Conditions

  • Average 35 hours a week
  • Evenings and weekend work required
  • Working in a wide variety of outdoor environments and weather conditions including overnight stays in tents, remote cabins and vessels.

What You Need to Know About Our Hiring Process

Educational Requirements

  • Completed related degree or 2-year diploma in an Outdoor Recreation Management or a Natural Resource Management related field (related field may include: biology, geology, geography, recreational planning, outdoor recreation, forestry, fisheries, anthropology) or
  • Secondary school graduation (or equivalent) and 2 years’ related experience (related experience may include: park system (operations), conservation, outdoor recreation, forestry, any earth sciences, recreation planning, public safety/enforcement)

Mandatory Training and Certification

  • Current and WorkSafeBC recognized Occupational First Aid Level 1, 2 or 3 Certificate
  • Valid B.C. Class 5 Driver’s Licence (or equivalent from another Canadian province; a B.C. Class 7L/7N, or other learner’s permit, are not considered equivalent)
  • Successful completion of Enhanced Security Screening, including fingerprint screening
  • Completion of BC Parks Law and Its Administration (BCIT PRKS 1010 or 0010 course)
  • Maintains a current Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence
  • Possesses a Pleasure Craft Operator Card issued by Transport Canada
  • Upon receiving job offer, a condition of employment will be completing an Enhanced Security Screening process

Note: requirements vary on a region-by-region basis.

Related Skills and Experience

  • Public relations and communication experience
  • Safety and enforcement experience
  • Resource management experience
  • Contract and permit administration experience
  • Backcountry travel experience
  • Facility management experience
  • Equipment operation and maintenance experience or certification
  • Leadership and teamwork experience
  • SVOP, Small domestic vessel basic safety [SDV-BS] or advanced Boating Safety certificates
  • Advanced Wilderness/Survival training
  • Swift Water Rescue training
  • FS100 (firefighting) training
  • Advanced boat operation and navigation training and certification
  • ATV Safety training
  • Avalanche Safety Training [AST 1/2]
  • Bear Awareness training
  • Chainsaw Safety training
  • Wildlife/Danger Tree Assessment training
  • Dangerous Wildlife Assessment training

Selection Process for Seasonal Employment

Step 1:
Meet minimum qualifications stated above and submit resume and questionnaire through B.C. Government Jobs Site. Job postings can come out at any time throughout the year.
Step 2:
Successful applicants will be entered into an applicant pool and distributed to regions. Applicants will be notified of their status.
Step 3:
Suitability interviews and reference checks done by regions.
Step 4:
Job Offer – includes fulfilling “Conditions of Employment” and successful completion of Enhanced Security Screening.
Step 5:
Attend Park Ranger Training Bootcamp at a central location prior to commencing work.

Wages

Park Ranger – Seasonal

Assistant 11R
$25.29 - $28.56 hourly

Senior Park Ranger

STO 18
$30.68 - $34.80 hourly

Area Supervisor

STO 24
$36.44 - $41.55 hourly

Parks Section Head

STO 30
$43.54 – $49.76 hourly

Photos of park rangers doing a variety of tasks in parks