Too old to be a Park Ranger at 37???

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lost in San Antonio, Texas

107 months ago

Is this true? Any other ways into a similar job if you are over age 37??

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Eulalee in Brampton, Ontario

105 months ago

i think it is true at 37 you are too old to work as a park ranger.

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roplalsugaiv in Sacramento, California

104 months ago

Depending on the agency, 37 is not necessarily too old to become a park ranger. CA does not have an age limit, but since it is a law enforcement position you do have to meet physical requirements. In your job search you will discover that there are many different definitions of park ranger jobs. Good luck.

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Resa in Longmont, Colorado

103 months ago

I'm 34, and just got a job as a CO state park ranger. Don't let it discourage you!!!

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rangergal

101 months ago

The only age limit in the Park Service is if you want to be law enforcement and that's ONLY if you want a permanent job. If you want to work seasonally, then there is no age limit as long as you can pass the physical fitness test. Being any other kind of ranger does not have an age limit. The reason they limit permanent law enforcement officers is because they have a mandatory retirement age of 57 so they want you to have your 20 years in by then. Hope this helps!

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Mark Leo

90 months ago

I am 40 but in better shape than some 20 somthings. Does this mean I am not eligible?I I have 20 years of military service will that help.

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oregonsquatch69 in Buena Park, California

80 months ago

nonsense, ca. state has no age limit. and counties have no age limit either across the country. Feds age discriminate. and limit themselves seriously from a lot of greatly experienced applicants. too bad for them. forget them and keep going. i'm 41 and in the best shape of my life. The only female out of 15 applicants that passed the physical agility and interviewing tomorrow for a permanent position. :)

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Noely70 in Barrie, Ontario

80 months ago

Hi I am 40 nearly 41. I have 20+ years law enforcement from the UK. Just emigrated to Canada looking for a slight career change in to Provincial Park Ranger service. Any advice would be greatly received.

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Javier in Riverhead, New York

68 months ago

rangergal said: The only age limit in the Park Service is if you want to be law enforcement and that's ONLY if you want a permanent job. If you want to work seasonally, then there is no age limit as long as you can pass the physical fitness test. Being any other kind of ranger does not have an age limit. The reason they limit permanent law enforcement officers is because they have a mandatory retirement age of 57 so they want you to have your 20 years in by then. Hope this helps!

Do you have to take a written test like correction officer one.

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Javier in Riverhead, New York

68 months ago

Iam 38 do you have to take a written test for this and is my age to much and i'am in long island.

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Javier in Riverhead, New York

68 months ago

Javier in Riverhead, New York said: Iam 38 do you have to take a written test for this and is my age to much and i'am in long island.

Iam 38 is there a written test to take for this seasonal park ranger.

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Javier in Riverhead, New York

68 months ago

Iam 38 is ther a written test for this seasonal Park ranger.

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J-W- in DC, District of Columbia

64 months ago

You can still become a park ranger. Some agencies have maximum age limits for applicants, but many do not. Part-time federal park ranger jobs that you might be able to get are often available. If you are interested in becoming a federal park ranger, consider completing the Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program. This program allows people to be eligible to receive a Type II law enforcement commission which is required to become a ranger. The program is offered at different colleges or universities. At last check, the program was approximately 15 credit hours. Getting law enforcement officer jobs, including park ranger jobs, can be very competitive. Do whatever you can to make yourself the best candidate that you can.

Source(s):
www.peaceofficerjobs.com
www.anpr.org/academies.htm

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ratherbeoutside in Cleveland, Ohio

27 months ago

To anyone who claimed that 37 is too old to be a park ranger: that is a sadly misinformed and incorrect claim. Of course 37 is not 'too old' to be a park ranger. 77 is not 'too old' to be a park ranger. Some of the best park staff I know are of the 'middle-aged' group, and in fact the oldest park ranger currently on payroll is 93 years young!

What matters the most is your experience and dedication, regardless of your age. And by the way, becoming a park ranger--whether law enforcement or interpretive, and it's important to note the difference--is competitive at ANY age, whether you are 22 or 44 or 66.

Remember that many career experiences--like being a teacher, non-profit coordinator, sports and recreation specialist, or any number of other jobs--are going to go farther in helping you to land a job with NPS than any age limit or minimum. Educational background in anything from history, to education, to environmental studies, to wildlife science, to many subjects in between is also highly valued, since diversity in experience is crucial to any park and its employees. And don't forget the great experience you can gain from volunteering in a park or related organization. More than a few park volunteers have found themselves qualified for a paid NPS job after putting in some dedicated hours.

From my experience, starting out at a 'low-level' or part-time position is the best way to get into the park service. I started as an intern at a park site in Illinois, and from there worked a series of short-term positions. I've finally been able to accept my first job in a national park, but let me tell you, as soon as I had that first 6 months to a year of experience working with parks and park partners, the offers from USAJobs.gov applications I had filled out started rolling in.

Obviously, this experience will be different for everyone, and age is certainly a factor as it is in any job, but remember to portray it as an ADVANTAGE and NOT a roadblock!

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Grizzly in Fairfield, California

25 months ago

@ratherbeoutside. I really appreciate your comment as it gives me hope. I will be 42 pretty soon but I keep in shape. I wont say I'm an triathlete but I have outrun many guys in their early 20s in my two previous police academies. I currently work as a federal police officer in a hospital setting. It is a good job but nothing makes me happier than being outdoors, specially the mountains. I love Yosemite national park and live about three hours away from there and go to the park often for hiking.My dream job would be to be a law enforcement park ranger in Yosemite. Will that dream ever come true? I don't know but as of right now, I'm trying to find a school were I can go do my EMT certification and hopefully I put my self thru Ranger's academy and then apply for a job. Wish me luck!

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gixerkiller in Gardena, California

25 months ago

It is true that 37 is over the age requirements. THIS IS A FEDERAL JOB folks.

The Feds tell us there can not be age discrimination in employment, yet, military requirements are no older than 35-37 now, CHP is 36, CBP is 36, Park rangers and figherfighters are 36.

you are better off applying with the COUNTIES...they can not call for a maximum age.

You need to read the requirements....there are a couple of Forestry jobs that are open age.....they are not "rangers" per se.

(been looking at every job for years. at 40, i am to old for 80% of Fed jobs)

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cwpiper in Arlington, Vermont

7 months ago

In my evaluation and experience no one is too old to be a Park Ranger...if you are ok with being seasonal forever. I joined the NPS as a seasonal at a brand new park when I was 43. I am now 60 and have been trying to acquire permanent status since 1999! Do you think my age (both beginning and now has something to do with this?) Should I be suspicious? I am Lead Ranger & Training Specialist, training and develop training programs for rangers and other staff at two parks, am told I am over qualified for a GS-7 (which is where I am stuck because seasonal don't get promotions to higher grades in the same way permanent staff may) I have a couple of hundred applications for permanent positions across the service. Don't believe it when you are told age doesn't matter!
Oh sure, I have received a few thousand in bonuses, Star Awards, etc and consistently rank "Superior" in my performance. but after 17 years and 19 seasons come on get real! I watch new hires 25 years or more younger than me some with absolutely no experience, getting permanent positions at 2 or more grades higher than me.
My advice? Join the military first...veteran have a huge preference over my experience, be a student - no competition, be a person of a minority, with a disability or of color. I have trained them all. I come from a military family and an interracial family but I'm just an old white guy with 30 years experience and an advanced degree and training who loves the mission of the NPS and my job and will probably die "in harness" with no savings or retirement or security. Yes I made the choice to stick it out hoping for permanency so it is my responsibility in part. But it is too late now because the non-government hiring practices are no better and a few hundred non government applications fall away as well.
I am the definition of insanity...I keep trying to do the thing I love hoping I can make a difference. "I get knocked down, but I get up again....."
Good luck!

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