Arizona State Parks offers a variety of employment opportunities. Those interested in park operations may consider a Park Ranger, Park Manager, or Regional Manager position in our 30 State Parks & Natural Areas. Arizona State Parks also has seasonal requirements for temporary Park Rangers.
Professional, administrative, and technical opportunities are available in the Phoenix office for those interested in Park Development, Public Information/Relations, Research and Marketing, Administration Services, Grants and Recreation Programs, Resource Management, Outreach Programs, and State Historic Preservation Office positions.
For your benefit, we have provided information on the employment application procedure and benefits for full-time employees.
Organization: Arizona State Parks
Location: Multiple sites in Arizona: Cottonwood, Mesa, Tucson, Benson, Phoenix
Overview of Organization: Arizona State Parks’ mission is Managing and conserving Arizona’s natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our Parks and through our Partners.” We manage 27 parks that are located throughout the State. We recently launched a new program at selected parks called the Family Campout and Stewardship Program. This program gives families the opportunity to visit, learn about, and camp at Arizona State Parks, while experiencing how to safely recreate on public lands, and completing an environmental service project.
Position qualifications: Candidates should have an Associate’s Degree, with a Bachelor’s Degree preferred. We seek individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds but place priority on those with qualifications in parks and recreation management, environmental education, teaching, volunteer management, social service, science-based (geology, archaeology, biology, forestry, etc.), public administration or non-profit management. Experience working with children and families is preferred. We seek members with life experiences, maturity, flexibility, self-directed, cross-culturally aware, interested in service, possessing good judgment, with computer experience, and outstanding oral and written communication skills. An ability to plan and follow through will be essential. Operating independently, but also working as a team member with park staff and volunteers is critical. LEARN MORE and SUBMIT RESUME: Note these positions cannot be applied for through AZStateJobs.gov
Visit http://www.hr.az.gov/AZStateJobs/ for current jobs within Arizona State Parks and within the State of Arizona.
The mission at Arizona State Parks is managing and conserving Arizona’s natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people both in our parks and through our partners. Our vision is for Arizona State Parks to be indispensable to the economies, communities and environments of Arizona.
All State of Arizona government jobs can be found at one site: http://www.hr.az.gov/AZStateJobs/. You can search for current job openings by job description, keyword, job type or job name. At the site, you can create an account, upload your resume and apply for current vacancies. This is the only method to apply for jobs with Arizona State Parks.
If you wish to only view and/or apply for Arizona State Parks jobs, press the “Search For Jobs” button, type AZPARKS in the Keyword Field, and then press Search.
Selection: Resumes submitted through AZStateJobs.gov will be evaluated by State Parks Recruitment Staff and referred to the hiring supervisor. Should qualifications match that of an open position, the resume may be forwarded to the hiring authority for consideration. You will be contacted only if the hiring supervisor wishes to pursue your background further. A valid Class D Arizona Driver's License is required at time of appointment for most jobs. All relevant information is subject to verification.
Location: Most Parks are located away from the major urban areas of the State. Please review our Arizona State Parks Map for locations.
Residency: Some positions are in parks that may require the incumbent to reside at the park. This requirement will be part of the individual position's requirement. See a list of parks with Residency requirements
Pre-Employment Medical/Physical Requirement: Employment in these positions is contingent upon the passing of a medical/physical examination, which includes testing of ability to lift 50 pounds. This exam will be coordinated with the State of Arizona Human Resources Division, Occupational Health Services and paid for by the State of Arizona.
Law Enforcement: Some positions may require that the incumbent be, or be eligible for, certification as a Peace Officer. Peace Officer Certification has the basic criteria:
For more information, visit the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.
Recently, About.com interviewed several Arizona State Park employees to learn more about their jobs. Read the interviews to learn more about working for Arizona State Parks.
Read interview with Kathy Farretta Assistant Park Manager at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
Read interview with Terri Leverton Assistant Park Manager at McFarland State Historic Park
Recently, Arizona State Parks participated in the "Experience Your Future" job fair that showed kids career choices available to them in resource management. Watch the 30 second video about the job fair.
Arizona State Parks Human Resources Office
1300 W. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-6900 and (602) 542-6919
FAX: (602) 364-0182
TEL & TTY (602) 542-4174