California State Parks Graduates 42 New Rangers and 8 Lifeguards in 2020 •

SACRIAMENTO – In partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and in front of a virtual audience of family and friends, California State Parks released nine cadets from the Ranger parking lot at a CDFW Academy ceremony earlier this month.

The new rangers join the 33 rangers and eight rescuers who graduated from the Public Parks Basic Training Academy (PGBTA) in July 2020.

Serving the community as a ranger or lifeguard in the California state park system is a lifelong privilege, said Armando Quintero, director of parks. Even after the COWID 19 pandemic and the forest fires that continue to plague our beautiful nation, these new rangers and rescuers have placed themselves at the forefront of society to offer life-saving and lifesaving services. Congratulations and welcome.

Here is an overview of the rangers and lifeguards of this year’s academy and where they are placed in the park:

  • Angel – 5
  • Bay Area – 1
  • Central Valley – 5
  • Channel coast – 2
  • Colorado Desert – 2
  • Diabolo series – 1
  • Golden fields – 3
  • Large pool – 4
  • Interior – 5
  • Monterrey 2.
  • Redwood on the North Shore – 1
  • Nordbatzen – 2
  • sea dunes – 4
  • Ocotillo Nou – 4
  • Orange Coast – 3
  • Santa Cruz – 4
  • Coast Sonoma-Mendocino – 2

For over 150 years, rangers and rescuers have worked closely with the network of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to provide police protection in public parks and surrounding communities and to preserve natural, cultural and historical resources for future generations.

With 280 parking units, California has the largest parking system in the state. These divisions are divided into 21 park districts and four divisions (North, Central, Coast and Desert). Today, more than 500 employees serve as rangers or rescuers according to the National Park World Officer classification.

Before a ranger or first respondent becomes a person has to be accepted in the OASV Public Parks Academy. Cadets are trained for nine months. The training includes courses on interpersonal communication, physical arrest, search and rescue, defensive tactics, de-escalation and the use of firearms.

Cadets are also trained in the areas of visitor care, public information and interpretation, protection and management of park resources and first aid. The training at the Academy prepares cadets mentally, morally, emotionally and physically at the beginning and end of the Field Officer Training Program, which consists of an additional 13 weeks of field training.

Patrolling through desert landscapes and lakes, among wildlife and flowers, museums and historic sites is a truly unique experience in California’s parks. Visit to find out what it takes to become a park ranger or lifeguard.

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