River Ranger Jobs on the New, Gauley, Meadow, and Bluestone Rivers (New River Gorge National River, WV)
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The National Park Service is hiring for four river rangers to work on the New River, Gauley River, Meadow River, and Bluestone River. Click here to go to the Park Ranger (Whitewater Rescue) job announcement at USAJobs.gov. The application period closes February 10, 2012, which means this link won’t work after that date. These are full time, seasonal jobs not to exceed 1,039 hours (six months) of work in a year. These river rangers work … Continue reading

River Ranger Jobs on the Snake River (Grand Teton National Park, WY)
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Grand Teton National Park is hiring for river rangers to work on the Snake River in Wyoming. Click here to go to the job announcement. The application period ends December 23, 2011, which means this link won’t work after that date. This is a law enforcement position. Possession or being able to obtain a NPS Type II Law Enforcement Commission is required. The river rangers conduct patrols on the Snake River, an advanced, technical whitewater … Continue reading

More River Ranger Jobs on the Colorado River (Grand Canyon National Park, AZ)
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Grand Canyon National Park is hiring river rangers to work on the Colorado River. Click here to go to the Small Craft Operator (Whitewater Boat Operator) job announcement on usajobs.gov. River rangers in this position row an 18-foot raft on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. In addition, they engage in visitor contacts, monitor and rehabilitate resources, evaluate concessions, and work on trails. They also perform various boat shop duties including purchasing and … Continue reading

River Ranger Jobs on the Colorado River (Grand Canyon National Park, AZ)
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Grand Canyon National Park is hiring for river rangers. Click here to go to the job announcement. The application period ends January 9, 2011, which means this link won’t work after that date. The primary purpose of this position is to conduct law enforcement operations (river patrols) on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park. River rangers operate 18 foot oar boats in up to Class V rapids. Patrols are from 8 to 30 … Continue reading

River Ranger Jobs on the Saint Croix and Namekagon Rivers (Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, WI)
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The Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway is hiring for river rangers. Click here to go to the Park Ranger – General announcement and here for the Park Ranger – Protection announcement. The application period closes January 3, 2011, which means these links won’t work after that date. These jobs are expected to start April 24, 2011. The Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway is located in eastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin and protects 230 miles of … Continue reading

River Ranger Jobs on the Kobuk, Yukon, and Charley Rivers (Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, AK)
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Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve are hiring for river related jobs in Alaska. Click here to go to the GS-05 and GS-07 job announcements at usajobs.gov (GS stands for the General Schedule for federal wages – the higher up, the more education and experience required and the more pay you earn). The GS-05 announcement closes on December 29, 2010 and the GS-07 announcement closes on January … Continue reading

River Ranger Jobs on the Green and Colorado Rivers (Canyonlands National Park, UT)
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Canyonlands National Park is hiring river rangers to work on the Green and Colorado Rivers. Click here to go to the job announcement on usajobs.gov. The application period closes December 31, 2010, which means this link won’t work after that date. The jobs are expected to start April 1, 2011. This is a National Park Service Park Ranger – Interpretation position. Job duties include performing interpretive activities, visitor orientation briefings, boat ramp checks and permit … Continue reading

River Ranger Jobs on the Snake River (Grand Teton National Park, WY)
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Grand Teton National Park is hiring for two river rangers to work on the Snake River in Wyoming. Click here to go to the job announcement on usajobs.gov. The application period closes December 21, 2010, which means this link won’t work after that date. The job is expected to start in spring 2011. The job requires experience operating an “oar powered (rowed) inflatable raft on a swift river.” Sweet. Some highlights of the job duties … Continue reading

A River Ranger Job Description
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Great sounding job. But what exactly does a river ranger do? River rangers work for various agencies that manage sections of rivers under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. These agencies include the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, and the National Park Service. State agencies like parks, fish and wildlife, and law enforcement may also patrol rivers. Based somewhat on the BLM river ranger job description I found on usajobs.gov and what I’ve … Continue reading