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Ranger/Lifeguard Cadet Selection Process

*CURRENT INFORMATION FOR INTERESTED CADET CANDIDATES: We are not currently accepting applications for the State Park Peace Officer Cadet (Ranger/Lifeguard) position, and applications will not be held.  Please continue to check back on the Jobs section of this website for the official advertisement.

We are pleased you have an interest in learning more about what it takes to become a State Park Peace Officer. The State Park Peace Officer Cadet Ranger/Lifeguard is the entry and training level for men and women interested in a law enforcement career with California State Parks. Career opportunities are available throughout the entire State.

The process for entering into this classification takes approximately 15 months and generally involves the steps of our Selection/Examination Process  -- also listed below.

  1. Submit Application - Standard State Application + Criminal Record Supplemental 
  2. Written Exam
  3. Physical Agility Tests
  4. Oral Exam / Interview
  5. Background Investigation
  6. Psychological and Medical Evaluations

    Academy and Training

    Upon successful completion of the Selection/Examination Process, you may be invited to attend an approximately 6 – month long academy including specialized training as a State Park Ranger/Lifeguard Cadet. Here you will be trained to become a State Park Peace Officer Ranger or Lifeguard. Currently, most cadets attend Park Operations training at Mott Training Center in Pacific Grove, followed by Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) at the National Guard facility, Camp San Luis Obispo.


    Profiles of State Park lifeguards and rangers


    CADET STATUS CHECK - Candidates who have been accepted to continue with the Background Investigation Process can check their current status in the Selection Process. This allows each candidate to track his or her status during Background Investigations and Medical / Psychological Evaluations.