Rangers working with visitors at Arizona State ParksArizona 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.

Current Job Opportunities:

Brand and Product Manager (PDF Document 2.7 MB PDF)

Brand and Product Manager Salary: $31,110 to $55,762
Phoenix, AZ

This position is responsible for bringing the Arizona State Parks brand to life in the parks and other venues. This position will serve as the product coordinator for all park stores in the agency. This position will partner with marketing to create an online shopping experience. The position will collaborate with park managers, assistant park managers, staff, volunteers and park partners to assure the park stores are fully stocked with relevant inventory, have supplies needed to do business, and are attractively merchandised to promote sales; monitor the programs effectiveness; develop, design, modify, and implement new park specific products, sales, and marketing strategies, including representing agency at special events, developing seasonal displays, developing new storefronts and visual merchandising; coordinate and place re-orders; organize and maintain merchandise inventories; reconcile prices, make needed adjustments and transport merchandise to appropriate location; assist in conducting annual inventory audits; provide basic park store training for park staff and volunteers.


Experience with retail, sales, visual merchandising and display techniques. Planning and plan development. Experience with MS Word, Excel, navigating the internet, and with Point of Sale merchandise management software. Knowledge in accounting practices. Essential customer service practices. Knowledge of Arizona social and political history, and the natural environment. Arizona State Parks' mission, goals, and objectives. Planning and plan development. Collaborate with agency staff to achieve project/program results. Problem-solving to attain best practices in retail sales. Oral and written communication. Researching, writing, editing, oral communication. Ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet deadlines. Ability and willingness to work effectively both independently and as a team member. Ability to plan and accomplish goals. Ability to travel throughout Arizona, with occasional overnight travel. Ability to work weekends and holidays. Currently have or ability to obtain valid Arizona driver's license.

Grant and Staff Writer (PDF Document 3.0 MB PDF)

Assistant Park Manager Salary: $39,983 - $71,563
Phoenix, AZ

Work is performed under the broad direction of the Chief of Resources and Public Programs with the majority of work performed independently. This individual must be able to multi-task.

The Grant and Staff Writer will lead the agency’s grant development efforts by working closely with agency staff at all levels of the agency to identify and secure alternative funding opportunities. This will include grant research, identification of appropriate applications, coordination among entities, proposal development and grant writing in pursuit of federal, state, public and private funding on behalf of Arizona State Parks. This position will also coordinate the implementation of grant awards and ensure post-award compliance. Will compile financial data (in conjunction with Administration staff) and non-financial data for the preparation of internal and external reports, compliance reports, and grant billings and maintain a grants status database. This position will set up site visits to parks to conduct research, gather data and compile necessary information to write proposals. Document, organize and maintain program files (e.g. budgets, photos, articles, outcomes) to keep up to date on the parks programs. The ideal candidate writes persuasive, clear, concise proposals; solicits state and federal funding agencies; meets deadlines and juggles multiple priorities; and maintains a professional and flexible work style. Ideal candidates would see the position as a growth opportunity within the grants section.

This position will also write and edit Annual Reports, survey responses, will contribute to the SCORP (Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan) and CAPRA (Commission for Accredition of Park and Recreation Agencies) narratives and other correspondence. This position will write, edit and proof communications for the agency.


Comprehensive knowledge of standard office practices, procedures, equipment, and techniques. Highly motivated with proven experience in writing and editing, grant writing and pursuing funds. Ability to interpret federal, state and local laws, codes, rules & regulations.

Technical Skills: Proficient to expert in use of Microsoft Office and Adobe Suites. Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others; superior organizational skills.

Language Skills: To read and interpret documents such as safety rules, travel policies, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals; to write and edit reports and correspondence; to speak, effectively before groups or employees.

Analytical Skills: Mathematical skill to calculate figures and amounts.

Interpersonal Skills – Flexible, adaptive and reliable; focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under,control; remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.

Computer Skills – Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc) and database applications.

Proven Writing Skills - Strong editing skills and well-written reports; skill to develop concepts and ideas in both an acceptable oral and written form.

Must be highly organized. Ability to use judgment, discretion and initiative in establishing priorities. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to articulate Arizona State Parks’ position summations, reports and other formal business correspondence in an organized and concise manner. Ability to work effectively under pressure, use independent judgment and produce a quality work product within tight time constraints.

Ability to obtain and maintain an Arizona class D driver's license. Ability to travel and stay overnight when necessary. Ability and specialized skills to independently prepare letters, memos, and reports. Ability to analyze and systematically compile technical and statistical information and to prepare reports and correspondence. Ability to comprehend and make inferences from written material. Ability to interpret federal, state, and local government laws and regulations regarding grant contracts and administration. Ability to review the work products of others to ensure conformance to standards. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with supervisors, peers and the general public. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with a variety of partners, state and federal agencies, community agencies, public and private organizations.

Assistant Park Manager (PDF Document 2.7 MB PDF)

Assistant Park Manager Salary: $33,280 to $52,041
Various Locations throughout the state

Under the direction of the Park Manager, the Assistant Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of a recreation-based or natural resource/historic park. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: Operates park with a business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit that focuses on revenue generation, cost effectiveness, and innovation; Develops partnerships through fostering and maintaining positive relationships with external organizations such as, but limited to, friends groups, chambers of commerce, media, special interest groups, and local, state and federal government entities; Provides excellent customer service to our customers; Performs administrative duties such as preparing reports, project management, and updating the Annual Operating Plan; Supervision and training of Park Ranger II's, Park Ranger Specialists and Volunteers; Directs and/or performs park maintenance, improvement projects and park inventories; Participates and represents the Agency in a variety of capacities (e.g., public meetings); and Enforces all park policies and procedures while conserving the natural resources and ensuring public safety for our customers and employees. This position must be able to work weekends and holidays and could possibly relocate to another state park seasonally and/or permanently.


Basic knowledge of park operational needs and quality standards; natural, recreation, and cultural resource management; grounds and facilities maintenance, construction trades (such as carpentry, masonry, electrical, and plumbing, vehicle maintenance and repair); public speaking and interpretation; visitor safety and employee safety standards; employee/volunteer management and training concepts; supervisory and managerial principles and techniques; employee performance appraisal systems and progressive discipline; rule enforcement procedures and practices; budgetary and fiscal management; computers and Microsoft Office Programs (such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel); and AZ State Parks culture and Mission.

Skilled in work management and leadership, rule enforcement practices and techniques, interpersonal relationships, mentoring and team building, supervisory techniques, multi-tasking, responding to visitor complaints, emergency response, problem solving, prioritizing work and meeting deadlines, effective verbal and written communication, public speaking, equipment operation, and work effectively with large numbers of people.

Ability to effectively and efficiently run the park in the absence of Park Manager. To work independently, speak to the general public, effectively and efficiently run park, maintain park facilities and equipment, train and manage volunteers and staff, identify and correct safety hazards, write reports and letters, create and track the park budget, use Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, and Excel programs, use a computer, collect and process fees using agency computer programs, effectively communicate in person, in writing, and over the phone with patrons, partners, and staff, travel overnight and work holidays and weekends, respond to emergency situations, live on Park, relocate to another state park seasonally and or permanently on a periodic basis.

Trails Planner (PDF Document 2.8 MB PDF)

Statewide Trials and Natural Areas Planner Salary: $40,000 to $71,500

This position performs complex open space, natural area, trail planning and land acquisition duties in accordance with
the Arizona State Parks Comprehensive Plan, Open Space Plan, Trails Master Plan, Trails Standards and Guidelines,
Natural Area Master Plan and SCORP. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to strategic planning for the open
space program, natural area and trail management, coordinating activities, and planning long-range goals.
Is responsible for: the research design, collection, interpretation and analysis of data; 2) development of planning
models, making modifications as needed; 3) ensuring public involvement; 4) facilitating inter-agency coordination, and
5) implementation of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), State Non-motorized Trails
Plan, Natural Area Master Plan collaboration and consultation on the Arizona Watercraft Study. Performs other duties
as needed.
Responsibilities of this position will also include: agency liaison for Arizona State Committee on Trails (ASCOT) and
their subcommittees, coordinate the Arizona Premier Trails System and maintain the database, implement statewide
trail education efforts and working with partners on other trail educational efforts, and assisting State Parks staff and
partners with trails and trail planning issues.
Manage all phases of several trail development projects at the same time including feasibility studies, trail design, land
acquisition and trail construction; Prepare trail and open space grant proposals; Assist the Parks, Trails and Historic
Sites Division in the development and management of trail and park facilities. Work cooperatively with local
governments and groups, governing boards, and public stakeholders to advance trail development. Assist in the
preparation of the trail and natural area master plans, park and trail site plans, and open space area plans. Assist in the
preparation of reports, proposals, and plans for park and trail master projects and programs; assist in presenting
findings to civic organizations, citizen groups, public agencies, and elected officials.

• Principles and practices used in conducting research and analysis
• Strategic and long range
• Land use and natural resource issues, policies and management
• Parks and recreation demand, planning and management
• State and federal government statutes and policies
• Conservation principles and environmental ethics

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Visit http://www.hr.az.gov/AZStateJobs/ for additional job openings. Search by agency Arizona State Parks.

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.

Application Procedure

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, search by agency: Parks, Arizona State.

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 (Next) for locations.

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:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • No felony convictions
  • Must be a least 21 years of age
  • Medical Exam
  • Polygraph exam
  • Physical Fitness Standards
  • Complete criminal history background check
  • Completion of a 17-week Police academy (after hire)

For more information, visit the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board. External Link


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Arizona State Parks Human Resources Office
23751 N. 23rd Ave., #190
Phoenix, AZ 85085

Main: (602) 542-6919
FAX: (602) 364-0182

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