The city is accepting applications for Urban Park Rangers through May 21 for testing scheduled to start Aug. 1. The salary is $40,987 per year. The application fee is $61.
What the Job Involves
Urban Park Rangers patrol city parks and park facilities; provide educational and recreational services through programs, tours, field trips and activities; perform crowd-control functions; enforce compliance with park rules and regulations and health and sanitary codes; issue summonses; make arrests; provide safety services to the public; respond to and perform animal and wildlife rescues; serve as staff assistants to immediate supervisors; staff public-nature and visitor-center facilities; and do related work.
They work various shifts including nights, Saturdays, Sunday and holidays.
Rangers drive motor vehicles, ride horses or bikes, or walk to patrol the parks for long periods. They also pick up and move barricades and light towers; secure, move and lift gates; confiscate and remove equipment such as vendors’ carts; pursue, capture and arrest violators of rules and laws; perform animal rescues; administer CPR and other medical service; and dispatch and answer calls in a computerized communications center.
Applicants must have associate degrees or completion of 60 semester credits from an accredited college or university; or 2) A four-year high-school diploma or its educational equivalent and one year of full-time satisfactory experience in one of the following: law or code enforcement; security; ecology; or as an environmental instructor or ranger in a park, recreation or ranger program, cultural institution or accredited school; or 3) A satisfactory combination of education and experience that is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. College education may be substituted for the required experience in “2” above on the basis of 5 semester credits for 1 month of experience.
Applicants will be given a multiple-choice test before their qualifications are verified.
Appointees must meet qualifications for Special Patrolman status, which is given by the New York Police Department. Those include being at least 21 years old, a U.S. citizen and city resident. (Appointees with two years of employment with the city may live in Nassau, Westchester, Suffolk, Orange, Rockland or Putnam counties.)
They also must have no felony convictions or serious offenses, but those with a certificate of good conduct providing relief from that conviction could be eligible for appointment.
Appointees must undergo a background check, a drug test, and medical and psychological assessments. They also must have a driver’s license.
Candidates will be given a qualifying multiple-choice test and a competitive education-and-experience test. They must score 70 percent or better on the qualifying multiple-choice test to have their education-and-experience test rated. The multiple-choice test may include questions about written comprehension, memorization, problem sensitivity, deductive and inductive reasoning, information ordering, spatial orientation and visualization.
Applicants must then achieve a score of at least 70 percent on the education-and-experience test for their name to appear on the eligible list. Their score on that exam determines their spot on that list.
Complete information on qualifications, application requirements and procedures is available at
The exam number is 9055.
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