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:

Southern Regional Manager (PDF Document 2.8 MB PDF)

Southern Regional Operations Manager Salary: $43,200 to $77,400
Benson, Arizona

The Region Operations Manager is responsible for the safe, efficient and effective operations of State Parks, significant
historic, recreational, cultural and educational parks located within a large geographic area the state. This position
manages and supervises park managers directly and their employees indirectly. The Region Operations Manager assists
each park manager in the development and annual updating of a comprehensive park operating plan, and ensures the
agency quality and safety standards are upheld in the parks. Additionally, the Region Operations Manager supports the
Region Operations park staff in the coordination of special events, oversees and monitors park development and
construction projects, reinforces Federal and State laws and regulations, and ensures adherence to Agency policies and
procedures. The Region Operations Manager serves as the chief liaison between the Region Operations parks and the
State Parks Central Office in Phoenix, and responsible for the implementation of directives from the Chief of Operations.
Also, this position is directly responsible for maintaining sound procedures pertaining to procurement, purchasing,
special use permits, revenue collection, and expenditures from allocated funding sources. The Region Operations
Manager works closely with park managers to ensure the delivery of a high level of visitor services at the parks, and
also ascertains that park staff and volunteers are working in a safe, positive, and engaging work environment. This
position regularly disseminates information, coordinates projects and activities, determines park needs and priorities,
deals with staffing needs and requirements, and serves as a public Agency representative to the local communities in
the vicinities of parks.

• Superior working knowledge of park operating systems, quality standards, visitor safety and employee safety
• Natural resource conservation principles;
• Archaeological, cultural and historic resource preservation principles and management practices;
• Structure and park facility maintenance and repair;
• ADA regulations and standards;
• Park rules compliance and law enforcement procedures and training requirements;
• Human resources procedures and current rules, including ADOA policies and procedures;
• Employee performance planning and evaluation;
• State Procurement Code, applicable purchasing rules, regulations, and policies and
• Strategic planning principles pertaining to Agency's mission and vision.
• Principles of park planning, operations, and management practices;

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

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)

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For your benefit, we have provided information on the employment application procedure and benefits for full-time employees.

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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