Department of Parks & Recreation


$5,347.00 - $8,460.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 9/4/2024

Job Description and Duties



This is a Peace Officer Position. To be eligible, you must be an external candidate and  meet the minimum qualifications established by the Department of Human Resources AND either be currently eligible or eligible for reinstatement as a PC 830.2, California State Peace Officer.  

Positions are available in the following counties:
Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Imperial, Kern, Lake, Los Angeles, Marin, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Nevada, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barabara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Ventura.

Incumbents are trained and designated as sworn California State Park Peace Officers. Their authority extends statewide (on or off duty). They patrol park grounds by vehicle, boat, and foot or horse patrol; enforce park regulations and issue citations; write reports; make physical arrests for misdemeanors, felonies, and warrants; conduct criminal and administrative investigations; take command in emergencies; perform search and rescue activities; assist in wildland and structural fire suppression; provide emergency medical assistance and aid; and may also perform traffic control and radio dispatching. Incumbents may perform specialized assignments in cliff rescue; ski patrol; scuba diving; ocean, surf, river, and lake rescue; horse patrol; off-road vehicle and motorcycle patrol; or as a canine team handler.


Incumbents are required to use protective equipment. The equipment includes various types of firearms, batons, chemical agents, and handcuffs. Incumbents are regularly trained and tested in physical defensive tactics and firearms use.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

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$5,347.00 - $8,460.00
$5,347.00 - $8,460.00
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United States
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Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The mission of California State Parks is to provide for the health, inspiration, and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.

All employees are responsible for contributing to an inclusive, safe, and secure work environment that values diverse cultures, perspectives, and experiences, and is free from discrimination.

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Special Requirements

Special requirements:

The position(s), require(s) – Background investigation to be conducted prior to being hired

The position(s), require(s) – Voice Stress Analysis to be conducted prior to being hired

The position(s), require(s) – Medical clearance to be conducted prior to being hired

The position(s), require(s) – Psychological evaluation to be conducted prior to being hired

The position(s), require(s) – a Drug screening be passed prior to being hired

Felonies – No felony conviction

Additional requirements for the State Park Peace Officer (Lifeguard) classification:

  • Six months of experience performing the duties of a lifeguard in other than swimming pools
  • Swimming ability sufficient to perform lifesaving activities

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 9/4/2024

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Parks & Recreation
Attn: Joel Dinnauer
17801 Lake Perris Drive
Perris, CA 92571

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Parks & Recreation
Class & Hiring / POSU
PO Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296-001
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • Other - You must attach a copy of your POST Certificate to your job application.
  • Other - You must attach a copy of your POST training record.
  • Other - Click here to view the hiring process for lateral applicants. - Peace Officer- Lateral Hiring Process
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current POST Basic Course Completion Certification and/or Current POST Basic Certification or greater (POST Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, Management)
  • Minimum Age – 21
  • Employment Eligibility - Legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law
  • Driver’s License - Possession of a valid California driver’s license by time of appointment
  • Education – Successful completion of two years (60 semester units) of study from a State accredited college or university including a minimum of 21 semester units satisfying the General Education Curriculum (GEC) standards as identified for colleges and universities accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and/or the WAS Senior College and University Commission. In meeting the 21 semester unis GEC standards requirement, applicants must have successfully completed at least one course in each of the following areas:
    • Natural/Social sciences
    • Language
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics
  • Hearing - Sufficient to perform the essential job functions
  • Vision
    • Corrected visual acuity of 20/20 in each eye and uncorrected visual acuity of 20/40 or better in each eye
    • Peripheral visual field of at least 120 degrees horizontally and 100 degrees vertically in each eye
    • Normal color vision, as determined by Ishihara or other color plate tests

Note: The Department of Human Resources requires a 6-month stabilization period for LASIK candidates and a 12-month stabilization period for PRK and RK candidates.

California State Personnel Board Specification:


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Law Enforcement Jobs
(999) 999-9999

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Human Rights Office
(916) 653-9990
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail