Park Ranger

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department is currently seeking a Part-time Park Ranger to assist with daily operations, public outreach, management, and maintenance of the recreational component of Sweetwater Wetlands Park, a water treatment facility constructed on the edge of Paynes Prairie.  This is a 20-hour regular position performing positive public relations, visitor services, enforcement of park rules, natural resource interpretation and protection, environmental education, and grounds and building maintenance duties.


Sweetwater Wetlands Park opened in 2015. With 3 miles of trails and boardwalks, the park has rapidly become one of the area’s best destinations for wildlife watching, nature photography, and other forms of nature-based recreation. Learn more at


To be considered for this position, you must have graduated from high school or possess an acceptable equivalency diploma and two (2) years of customer service experience entailing direct contact with the public, preferably in parks, environmental education, natural resource management, recreation, or education.

OR have an Associate’s degree or higher with major coursework in environmental science, education, recreation, biology, wetlands science, wildlife management, or related subject; or an Environmental Education Certification (or equivalent); Basic Certification by the National Alliance for Interpretation (NAI) (or equivalent); or have completed the Florida Master Naturalist Course.

You must possess an American Red Cross certification (or equivalent) in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and First Aid within six (6) months of appointment.


Preference will be given to those candidates who have:

  • Experience in customer relations and natural resource interpretation in Florida
  • Knowledge of Florida wildlife and natural history


  • Knowledge of principles of interpretation and experience with nature based programming are essential
  • Requires working early mornings, weekends, evenings, and holidays
  • Requires performance of tasks outdoors under varying climatic conditions
  • Requires the ability to work safely with hazardous chemicals, including but not limited to: incendiary fluids, gasoline, motor oil, herbicides, and maintenance chemicals


This position is anticipated to open on May 21. Apply online at: