Phoenix hiring more than 20 park rangers

Posted at 4:53 AM, Jul 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-07 10:18:47-04

Want to escape the office? The City of Phoenix is looking to hire more than 20 full- and part-time park rangers in the next year.

"Our jobs can be anything from taking care of a mountain rescue to writing somebody a ticket to educating a school group," said supervisor Linn Swann.

About half of the positions will focus on patrolling the city’s neighborhood parks instead of larger parks and preserves, Swann said. Lifted budget restraints and an increase in park acreage prompted a need for more staff. The city currently employs about 60 rangers.

“We want people to enjoy our parks but we want it to be safe,” said ranger Manny Federico.

ABC15 shadowed Federico as he patrolled Piestewa Peak. Especially during summer, a large part of his job involves talking with hikers and making sure they have adequate water and understand the risks.

Rangers go through a two-week academy and then six months of "on the job", supervised training.

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